Dave Koz was the big winner at the National Smooth Jazz Awards on March 5, snagging four awards including top honors as Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year. He also won for male artist, CD (The Dance), and best sax player of the year. Rick Braun was the night’s second-biggest winner, taking home three awards including best brass player – plus two for his collaboration with Boney James. Guitarist Peter White, keyboardist David Benoit, percussionist Harvey Mason, and vocalist Al Jarreau won for their respective instruments. Russ Freeman was named best producer
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