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Dave Koz
   
Number of songs: 10 | Total weeks on charts: 113
Appearing in a total number of: 10 charts | Total period running: 757 days
Biography

David Stephen Koz (born March 27, 1963)[citation needed] is an American smooth jazz saxophonist.

Dave Koz was born in Encino, California to Jewish parents: Norman, a dermatologist and, Audrey Koz, a pharmacist. Dave 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. He attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, 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. He also often guest-starred as the saxophone player on The Arsenio Hall Show in the 1980s to mid 1990s.[citation needed]

In 1990, Koz decided to pursue a solo career, and began recording for Capitol Records. His albums there include Dave Koz (his 1990 solo debut), Lucky Man, The Dance, and Saxophonic. Saxophonic was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an NAACP Image Award.

Koz released his second album, Lucky Man, in 1993. During production of the album in 1992, Koz was approached by the producers of ABC's General Hospital to perform on the show after his track entitled "Emily", from his Dave Koz album, was used as part of the show's soundtrack that year. After his GH appearance, executive producer Wendy Riche commissioned Koz to write a new theme song for the soap. Koz took elements from the show's existing theme song, Jack Urbont's "Autumn Breeze", and merged the chorus notes into a brand new smooth jazz composition titled "Faces of the Heart". The new theme music made its debut on General Hospital's 30th anniversary show, which aired April 1, 1993, and remained as the show's title track until August 27, 2004. "Faces of the Heart" ended up as the third track on Koz's Lucky Man album.

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 The Dave Koz Morning Show 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 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 also collaborated as a guest star with ADA Band, Indonesia, for their album. Koz and Ramsey Lewis are the only two Smooth Jazz personalities to host two different syndicated shows during the week. Capitol Records/EMI's "Forever Cool" (2007) features Koz in a new arrangement of "Just in Time" with the voice of Dean Martin.[citation needed]
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 hosts a weekly radio show on the Sirius-XM Radio Watercolors channel called "The Dave Koz Lounge," which airs Sundays at noon ET.
Koz plays a Yamaha silver alto sax (YAS-62S Mk. I) 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 VI Tenor sax with a Berg-Larsen 90/2 hard rubber mouthpiece. As for reeds, he uses a No. 3 Rico Plasticover.

On September 22, 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In October 2010, Koz performed "Start All Over Again" in a Desperate Housewives season 7 episode "Let Me Entertain You", alongside singer Dana Glover. In July 2012, he appeared on The Eric André Show, season 1 episode 7, and sat in with the house band.

In December 2014, he opened Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, a restaurant and live music venue located at 184 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, California with business partners Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, who own Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

In an April 2004 interview with The Advocate, Koz came out publicly as gay.

Discography:
1990 - Dave Koz
1993 - Lucky Man
1996 - Off the Beaten Path
1997 - December Makes Me Feel This Way
1999 - The Dance
2001 - A Smooth Jazz Christmas
2002 - Golden Slumbers: A Father's Lullaby
2003 - Saxophonic (2003)
2005 - Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love
2007 - At the Movies
2007 - Memories of a Winter's Night
2010 - Hello Tomorrow
2013 - Dave Koz & Friends – Summer Horns
2014 - The 25th Of December
2015 - Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection
2017 - Dave Koz & Friends: 20th Anniversary Christmas
2018 - Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns II From A to Z
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia


Dave Koz in the news
SiriusXM To Launch Holiday Music Channels (25/10/2019) A "Mint" Debut For R&B-Jazz Saxophonist Dante' (04/09/2019)
The Philippe Saisse Trio's Hit-Filled "The Body And Soul Sessions" Gets Remastered By Grammy Winner Colin Leonard For Release On Vinyl, CD And Digital On June 21 (10/05/2019) Postmodern Jukebox Announce UK Tour (30/10/2018)
Recording Academy Hosts District Advocate Day As Music Creators Meet With Legislators And Candidates To Discuss Issues In The Next Congress (24/10/2018) New Zealand-Based Contemporary Jazz Band GroovExpress Rumbles To #1 On Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart With 3rd CD Amsterdaam (23/10/2018)
Foo Fighters' Cal Jam 18 Announces Pop-Up Event At Hollywood Palladium (18/08/2018) ignore (17/07/2018)
Cincinnati Solo Bass Artist, Nate White, Releases 3rd CD Titled "Up Close" (17/07/2018) Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The US Summer 2018 (24/05/2018)
Cal Jam 18 Announces Line-Up; Foo Fighters Return As Headliners And Curators Of Cal Jam 18 (14/05/2018) Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist Dave Koz And His Friends Return With 'Summer Horns II From A To Z' (11/05/2018)
ignore (02/05/2018) Two-Time Grammy Nominee Mindi Abair Featured In Live Concert On SiriusXM Bluesville; US Tour Extended Through October 2018 (02/05/2018)
Guitarist Adam Hawley's Second Album, "Double Vision" Drops Friday As The First Single, "Can You Feel It?," Rockets Into The Billboard Top 10 (20/03/2018)
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