JAZZIZ Weekly Discover Playlist: August 31, 2020

Dave Koz, one of contemporary jazz’s premier showmen, recording artists, cruise hosts and all-around entrepreneurs, recently stopped by the JAZZIZ Last Call live stream to tease an “under-wraps” projects he’d been working on during lockdown. Well, the cover on those projects has finally been lifted, and now Dave Koz fans have some brand new music to look forward to. Working digitally and with social distance protocols in place, Koz has announced the release of A New Day, one of the most purposeful, empowering and exhilarating albums of his career. A New Day is slated for release on October 9, 2020 — 30 years and one day after the release of Dave’s debut album.

“When the pandemic hit, I was already in the space to be creative and it immediately pushed me into that zone where I found myself turning to music for comfort,” Dave said in a press statement. “I instinctively thought, I’m in a position to do that for others. It boils down to this – we all just need a hug. I wanted to provide that hug of a musical kind to people who have looked to my music as a source of joy and a way to feel better. I wanted these new songs to convey the sense that we’re all in this together and it’s hard, but we are going to be okay.”

JAZZIZ is pleased to include the track “Summertime in NYC,” featuring Brian McKnight. In a press statement, Koz described the origin of the song: “Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken and I wrote this on March 12, 2020, in New York as the world began its lockdown due to COVID-19,” he said. “Being right in the ‘epicenter’ gave us the unique perspective of writing a song so wrapped up in the moment. But instead of writing from despair and fear, we wrote from the perspective of joy…what it might feel like when we return to the lives we once knew. We summoned the spirit of all our feel-good musical heroes (Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, etc.) to come up with a tune that hopefully makes the listener feel hopeful for what’s to come.”

“Summertime in NYC” kicks off a playlist that also includes new music from Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Joel Ross and Gregory Porter.

As writer Whitney Balliett once said, “Jazz is the sound of surprise.” Our Weekly Discover playlist will take your ears to new places with the latest sounds from your favorite artists — and some you should definitely get to know. Catch up on albums that came out over the weekend, newly released singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar. Stream now on Spotify or on your favorite music service using the links below.

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Summertime In NYC (feat. Brian McKnight)
Dave Koz, Brian McKnight

Everything You Touch Is Gold
Gregory Porter
All Rise (Deluxe)

More?
Joel Ross

Dragonball Durag – Remix
Thundercat, Smino, Guapdad 4000

Yardbird Suite (Jazz at Home)
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Veronica Swift

Diaspora
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Axiom

It Could Happen to You
Massimo Faraò, Byron Wookie Landham, John Webber
A Drums Comes True

Mr. Game: Your Wildcard
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Wendell Pierce
The Ever Fonky Lowdown

Yardbird Suite
Pasquale Grasso
Solo Bird

Passages
Jason McGuiness, Keyon Harrold, Matthew Little

Dark Side Riddim
Ezra Collective
Dark Side Riddim / Samuel L.Riddim

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