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[VIDEO] "Behind the Scene Rehearsal" with Sheila. on the "Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour" - "Little Drummer Girl"

For Grown Folks Music, supporting the arts is one of the pillars of our beliefs. It can be quite contradictory to criticize the present quality of music in the mainstream and not contribute to the roots of education for our youth to counteract the present conditions. So for this reason and many others we could outline, we greatly support the efforts of Jazz Roots and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation. The following pictures and video are from the sound check sessions of the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour. It was inspiring to see students learning from the professionals and being educated in other classes on the influence of blues and jazz in music. Here is Sheila E. during sound check of the song “Little Drummer Girl” with Dave Koz and composer David Benoit. Happy Holidays!!!!

Please note, this performance is only rehearsal. Sheila “killed it” during her live performance and if you missed our pictures from the concert, here is your chance!!!


Dave Koz performing at Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta at the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour.

[PHOTOS] Jazz Roots Presents the "Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour" Featuring Sheila E., David Benoit, Javier Colon & Margo Rey

Dave Koz at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Have you ever gone to a great concert, saw an unbelievable show and drove home on cloud nine like you just experienced an exciting first date?!?!? Well, I did when I saw the JAZZ ROOTS jazz series with the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour featuring pianist & composer David Benoit, singer and winner of The Voice television show, Javier Colon, famed percussionist, composer Sheila E. and special guest, singer, songwriter Margo Rey at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Like any good first date, I couldn't stop rambling to my friends about all the highlights. Not only were the featured artists incredible but the stage band along with the production/lighting crew were excellent!!! Also, we would be remiss if we didn't compliment the accomplished musical director, Mr. Brian Simpson for his work on this show. Now, I could go on all day about this concert but why do that when I captured these great photos for you to see and enjoy! :)

Oh and stay tuned for our upcoming post of the educational sound check session featuring Sheila E.!!!

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Concert Alert: Dave Koz With Special Guests David Benoit, Javier Colon, & Sheila E.- November 30th!!

For all my jazz fans that have yet to attend the JAZZ ROOTS concert series, you have one more shot to experience a show that will enrich your musical memoir.  If you miss the familiarity of skilled artists like Al Jarreau, Ramsey Lewis, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington playing in a live atmosphere, this announcement is a “definite” for you!!!

Mark your calendar for Christmas with a “touch of jazz”. On Friday, November 30th the JAZZ ROOTS concert series, will celebrate theDave Koz and Friends Christmas Tourat the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Along with multi-GRAMMY nominee and Hollywood Walk of Famer, saxophonist, Dave Koz, special guests will also include David Benoit, pianist, radio host and composer of choice for the Charlie Brown TV Series, Javier Colon, singer, songwriter and winner of the inaugural season of the NBC television show, The Voice and Sheila E., famed percussionist, singer, composer, music director and the funk, jazz, & latin beat behind artists like George Duke, Santana, Ringo Star and of course Prince.

Ok, family, this is the last call for alcohol. If you don’t make this show, I really have no words for you! Period. So, if you hadn’t purchased your tickets, be sure to check out Ticketmaster for this upcoming event! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek video of what you can expect!