On Dec. 16, GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz entertained 11 members of the Tacoma Boys and Girls Club at the beautiful and historic Temple Theatre in Tacoma, Wash. Joined by his touring partner and "American Idol" finalist Kimberly Locke, Koz treated the students to a heartwarming rendition of "White Christmas" and the jazzy "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus," both from his 2007 release Memories Of A Winter's Night.
Following the sound check, Koz and Locke sat down with the students for a question-and-answer session. Coming off of the news of his two GRAMMY nominations (Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Over The Rainbow" from At The Movies and Best Pop Instrumental Album for At The Movies), Koz energetically shared his experiences of life on the road, his songwriting process, how he deals with rejection and criticism, and how he started playing the saxophone.
Five years after her "American Idol" appearance, Locke has gained valuable experience as a touring musician. When asked by one of the students what is most difficult about touring, she enthusiastically remarked, "Sleep!" She also encouraged the students to persevere in their dreams, regardless of how many times they encounter resistance or rejection. The students were encouraged by the valuable advice imparted by Koz and Locke, and gave heartfelt thanks to the musicians for this opportunity.