Koz in 2018
|David Stephen Koz|
|Born||March 27, 1963|
Tarzana, California, U.S.
|Genres||Smooth jazz, rock|
|Instruments||Soprano and alto saxophones (primary), tenor saxophone (secondary), baritone saxophone (formerly)|
|Labels||Capitol, EMI, Rendezvous, Concord|
|Bobby Caldwell, David Sanborn, Vulfpeck|
Dave Koz was born in Encino, California to Jewish parents: Norman, a dermatologist and, Audrey, 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 after deciding to be a professional musician, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwell's tour. Koz was originally a rock musician before he moved to smooth jazz in 1989. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several rock bands, and toured with Jeff Lorber. Koz was a member of Richard Marx's band and toured with Marx throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, which was around the time he recurred as the guest saxophonist on the syndicated late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show. He also played in the house band of CBS' short-lived The Pat Sajak Show, with Tom Scott as bandleader.
In 1989, 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.
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 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.
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.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart|
|1996||Off the Beaten Path||182||--|
|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|
|2007||Memories of a Winter's Night||--||7|
|2013||Dave Koz & Friends - Summer Horns||84||3|
|2014||The 25th Of December||--||--|
|2015||Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection||187||1|
|2017||Dave Koz & Friends: 20th Anniversary Christmas||--||--|
|2018||Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns II From A to Z||--||--|
|2020||A New Day||--||--|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart|
|1996||Live in Trinidad||--||--|
|2013||Live at the Blue Note Tokyo||--||--|
|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|
his first CD of all-new, original material since he came out in The Advocate in 2004
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.