Pop instrumentalist, and six-time Grammy-nominee, Dave Koz will kick off an extensive summer tour of the U.S. beginning June 6 in El Paso, TX and concluding Sept. 27 in Los Angeles, CA. Before heading out on tour, the saxophonist extraordinaire will close the Kennedy Center’s NSO Pops concert season in Washington, DC, which will present “A Date with Dave Koz” May 15-17. Koz will be backed by the National Symphony Orchestra with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch conducting.

Usually touring under the Dave Koz & Friends banner on his summer tours, Koz has decided to tour solo for the first time in more than eight years.

“I’m extremely excited — I’ve been waiting to do this tour for a long time,” Koz, who will perform in a range of venues, said in a statement. “We’ve enlarged the band and are raring to go for the summer. It’s a chance for us to really break it down, get super-creative and have some serious fun playing for the fans.”

After the summer outing, Koz will tour Japan, then embark on the fourth annual “Dave Koz & Friends At Sea” cruise on Holland America Line’s m/s Westerdam. This year’s cruise departs Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the Caribbean on Nov. 2, returning on the 9th.

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Dave Koz tour dates:

5/15-17 Washington, DC Kennedy Center
5/24 San Diego, CA Downtown San Diego/San Diego Gaslamp Assn. Festival
6/6 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
6/7 Jenks, OK Oklahoma Aquarium
6/13 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
6/14 Indianapolis, IN Military Park/10th Annual Indy Jazz Festival
6/15 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
6/20-21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Cabaret
6/25 Boston, MA Scullers Club
6/27 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
6/29 Hampton, VA Hampton Jazz Festival
7/11 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
7/12 Napa Valley, CA Robert Mondavi Winery
7/17 Homewood, CA Lake Tahoe Music Festival Homewood Resort
7/23 Detroit, MI Chene Park
7/25 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheatre
7/26 Dallas, TX House of Blues
8/9 Oyster Bay, NY Long Island Jazz Festival/Planting Fields Arboretum
8/16-17 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
8/22 Las Vegas, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
9/13 Camarillo, CA Camarillo Old Town Art and Jazz Festival
9/27 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre (KTWV Wave Fest)