Preview: Dave Koz and Friends

From the December 6, 2012 edition

Before Javier Colon’s impeccable tenor croon made him the winner of the inaugural season of “The Voice,” it landed him a deal with Capitol Records. It was there that Colon met saxophone superstar Dave Koz in 2003.

The artists’ continued friendship earned Colon a spot on Koz’s cherished holiday tour, which makes a stop at the Palace Theatre this Friday. Joining Colon and Koz are contemporary jazz pianist David Benoit, Prince protégé Sheila E. and singer songwriter Margo Rey.

The caliber of musicianship those artists bring to the stage appealed to Colon. Benoit, for example, is the music heir to original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and has created several important Charlie Brown-related albums. The two often scat and improvise parts of the “Dave Koz and Friends” show’s holiday songs — a skill his fans from “The Voice” know and love well.

“I want to make the song personal enough to me but not feel like the song’s changed too much,” Colon said of what Friday’s audience can expect to hear from him. “I walk that line and I love doing that.”