|Birth name||David S. Koz|
|Born||March 27, 1963|
|Occupations||Musician, Radio host|
|Instruments||Saxophone, Piano, drums, EWI|
|Years active||1990 – present|
|Labels||Capitol Records (1990–2008), EMI, Rendezvous Entertainment, Concord Records (2009–present)|
|Associated acts||Bobby Caldwell|
Life and career
Dave Koz was born on March 27, 1963 in Encino, California to Jewish parents Norman, a dermatologist and, Audrey Koz, a pharmacist. Koz also has a brother, Jeff, who is also a musician, and a sister, Roberta. Although he is Jewish, Koz plays both Christmas and occasional Hanukkah songs at his concerts. Koz attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California performing on saxophone as a member of the school jazz band. He later graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications in 1986, and only weeks after his graduation, decided to make a go of becoming a professional musician. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwell's tour. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with Jeff Lorber. Koz was a member of Richard Marx's band and toured with Marx throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. He also played in the house band of CBS' short-lived The Pat Sajak Show, with Tom Scott as bandleader.
In 1990, Koz decided to pursue a solo career, and began recording for Capitol Records. His albums there include Lucky Man, The Dance, and Saxophonic. Saxophonic was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an NAACP Image Award.
In 1994, Koz began hosting a syndicated radio program, The Dave Koz Radio Show (formerly Personal Notes), featuring the latest music and interviews with who's who in the genre. Dave co-hosted of The Dave Koz Morning Show With Pat Prescott on 94.7 The Wave, a smooth jazz station in Los Angeles for six years. He decided to leave the show in January 2007 and was replaced by Brian McKnight.
In 2002, Koz started a record label, Rendezvous Entertainment, with Frank Cody and Hyman Katz.
In an April 2004 interview with The Advocate, Koz came out publicly as a gay man. Later the same year, he was named by People magazine as one of their "50 Hottest Bachelors" in their June issue.
In 2006, Koz was selected to host a syndicated afternoon show for Broadcast Architecture's new Smooth Jazz Network. The show, based in Los Angeles, is broadcast on other Smooth Jazz stations across the country. Koz and Ramsey Lewis are the only two Smooth Jazz personalities to host two different syndicated shows during the week.
Koz has promoted annual Dave Koz & Friends Jazz Cruises since 2005.
Koz is the host of a weekly half-hour television series named Frequency put on by Fast Focus. Koz interviews musicians on the show such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Jonathan Butler, and Kelly Sweet. At the end of each interview, he plays along with the musician, adding some of his saxophone riffs to one of their hit songs.
Koz was also the bandleader on The Emeril Lagasse Show. The band, Dave Koz & The Kozmos, featured Jeff Golub (guitar), Philippe Saisse (keyboards), Conrad Korsch (bass guitar), and Skoota Warner (drums).
Koz plays a Yamaha silver alto sax (YAS-62S) with a No. 7 Beechler metal mouthpiece, a Yamaha straight silver Soprano sax (YSS-62S) or a vintage Conn curved soprano sax with a No. 8 Couf mouthpiece, and a Selmer Mark 6 Tenor sax with a Berg-Larsen 90/2 hard rubber mouthpiece. As for reeds, he uses size 3 Rico Plasticover.
On September 22, 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Musical recordings of Koz include:
|Year||Album details||Peak chart
|1996||Off the Beaten Path||182||—|
|Live in Trinidad||_||—|
|1997||December Makes Me Feel This Way||—|
|1999||The Dance [A]||190||3|
|2001||A Smooth Jazz Christmas [B]||140||3|
|2002||Golden Slumbers: A Father's Lullaby||—||—|
|2005||Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love||—||—|
|2007||At the Movies||86||2|
|Memories of a Winter's Night||—||7|
|2013||Live At The Blue Note Tokyo|
|Dave Koz & Friends – Summer Horns||84||3|
- A. "The Dance" also peaked at No. 67 on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues/Hip Hop Albums.
- B. "Smooth Jazz Christmas" also peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Holiday Albums.
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Adult Contemporary||Jazz|
|1991||"Castle of Dreams"||—||13||—|
|"Nothing But the Radio On"||—||20||—|
|1993||"You Make Me Smile"||—||20||—|
|"Faces of the Heart (ABC Daytime's General Hospital Theme Song)||—||—||—|
|2000||"Careless Whisper" (featuring Montell Jordan)||—||—||30|
|"Know You by Heart"||—||—||26|
|2006||"Somewhere/Summer of '42"||—||—||—|
|2007||"The Pink Panther Theme"||—||—||27|
|"It Might Be You"||—||—||—|
|2008||"Life in the Fast Lane"||—||—||1|
|"White Christmas" (rechart)||—||—||14|
|2010||"And Then I Knew"||—||—||13|
|"Put The Top Down"||—||—||1|
|2011||"Starting Over Again"||—||—||1|
- The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz, (2007)
- Taro Gold The Diamond You, (2008)
- Ford, Dave (2004-08-20). "Record exec, radio star and smooth-jazz man. Dave Koz now settles into his newest groove: being an out gay man". sfgate.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- Akamatsu, Rhetta (2011-11-27). "Concert Review: Dave Koz and Friends Christmas, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA11/25/11". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- Condran, Ed (2013-11-28). "Dave Koz brings Christmas spirit to Durham". newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
- Pack A Picnic And Head For Ste. Michelle's Big Outdoor Concert, The Seattle Times, June 28, 1991
- "Koz Celeb". The Advocate. September 22, 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2013. "his first CD of all-new, original material since he came out in The Advocate in 2004"
- Vary, Adam B. (April 27, 2004). "Just Koz: Smooth-Jazz Golden Boy Dave Koz Comes Out-Fresh off His Adventurous New Album, Saxophonic". The Advocate – via Questia (subscription required). Retrieved August 21, 2013. "Credibility is one of the main reasons why I feel like now is the time to bring [my sexuality] to my music, to my professional life.... I couldn't actually be who I really was, and I went along with it for a long time, until it was just too much to take, and I couldn't deal with that anymore."
- "Frequency – Hosted by Dave Koz". fastfocus.tv. Public Television Media. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
- "Television: Emeril Lagasse and Dave Koz". March 22, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
- Aubrey Everett (March 4, 2010). "Dave Koz and Emeril Team Up on TV". JazzTimes. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- "Dave Koz & The Kozmos". Retrieved May 10, 2010.
- Professional Saxophone Musician / Player Set-Ups theowanne.com
- Steele, Bruce (September 22, 2009). "Koz Celeb". The Advocate. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Dave Koz Discography, AOL Music.com
- "Billboard chart positions > albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
- "Dave Koz Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
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