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Dave Koz

Dave Koz
Koz in 2018
Koz in 2018
Background information
David Stephen Koz
Born (1963-03-27) March 27, 1963 (age 57)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
GenresSmooth jazz, rock
InstrumentsSoprano and alto saxophones (primary), tenor saxophone (secondary), baritone saxophone (formerly)
LabelsCapitol, EMI, Rendezvous, Concord
Bobby Caldwell, David Sanborn, Vulfpeck

Dave Koz (born David Stephen Koz, March 27, 1963),[1][2] is an American smooth jazz saxophonist.

Early life

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.[3] Although he is Jewish, Koz plays both Christmas and occasional Hanukkah songs at his concerts.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Dave and Wayman Tisdale performing at the Dave Koz & Friends Smooth Jazz Cruise 2006

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.[8] 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).[9][10][11]

Koz hosts a weekly radio show on the Sirius-XM Radio Watercolors channel called "The Dave Koz Lounge,"[12] which airs Sundays at noon ET.[13]

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.[14]

On September 22, 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17][18]

In 2018, Koz collaborated with guitarist and regular Vulfpeck contributor, Cory Wong, on two tracks, 'The Optimist' and 'Friends at Sea'.[19]

Personal life

In an April 2004 interview with The Advocate, Koz came out publicly as gay.[20][21] He has been a resident of Sausalito, California since 1990.[22]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart
Hot 200
1990 Dave Koz 129
1993 Lucky Man 176 --
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 -- --
2003 Saxophonic (2003) -- 2
2005 Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love -- --
2007 At the Movies 86 2
2007 Memories of a Winter's Night -- 7
2010 Hello Tomorrow 104 1
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 -- --

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart
Hot 200
1996 Live in Trinidad -- --
2013 Live at the Blue Note Tokyo -- --
  • 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.

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart
Hot 200
2008 Greatest Hits 184 3

Other albums

Year Album details Peak chart
Hot 200
2008 Masterpiece [C] -- --
  • C. "Masterpiece" this album may be a personal collection [24]


Year Single Chart Positions[25]
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Adult Contemporary Jazz
1990 "Emily" -- -- --
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) -- -- --
1994 "Lucky Man" -- -- --
1999 "Together Again" -- -- --
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" -- -- --
"White Christmas" -- -- 22
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
"Anything's Possible" -- -- 1

Compilation appearances


  1. ^ "Dave Koz | Artist". Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Marvin, Dave Koz & the Movies -- PNC Pops". Marvin Hamlisch. January 28, 2012. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Ford, Dave (August 20, 2004). "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.
  4. ^ Akamatsu, Rhetta (November 27, 2011). "Concert Review: Dave Koz and Friends Christmas, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA11/25/11". Seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Condran, Ed (November 28, 2013). "Dave Koz brings Christmas spirit to Durham". newsobserver.com. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Pack A Picnic And Head For Ste. Michelle's Big Outdoor Concert | The Seattle Times". Archive.seattletimes.com.
  7. ^ Heffley, Lynne (September 26, 2002). "'Family' CD Puts Them to Sleep; 'Golden Slumber,' lullabies from Dave Koz and his smooth-jazz collaborators, is the first release on his new record label". The Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "Frequency - Hosted by Dave Koz". Fastfocus.tv. Public Television Media. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Television: Emeril Lagasse and Dave Koz". Davidmixner.com. March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ Aubrey Everett (March 4, 2010). "Dave Koz and Emeril Team Up on TV". JazzTimes. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "Dave Koz & The Kozmos" (PDF). Ionpress.com. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ Harr, Dan (April 7, 2014). "Keb' Mo' And Vincent Ingala Join Dave Koz and Friends at Sea For 2014 Alaska Cruise". Music News Nashville. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Watercolors Smooth/Contemporary Jazz". Sirius XM Radio. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Vail, Greg. "What the Pros Play - Saxophonist Dave Koz". Woodwind & Brasswind. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ Steele, Bruce (September 22, 2009). "Koz Celeb". The Advocate. Archived from the original on October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "The Eric André Show, Season 1, Episode 7, 'J-Moe'". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ Matt Lopez, 'Spaghettini Beverly Hills Set To Open With Performance By Santana's Andy Vargas', The Beverly Hills Courier, December 5, 2014, Volume XXXXVIIII, Number 48, p. 4
  18. ^ "". Spaghettinibh.com. November 17, 2018.
  19. ^ Berenson, Sam (November 20, 2018). "Premiere: Cory Wong Finally Gets 'The Koz Nod' On New Collaborative Single, 'Friends At Sea'". Live for Live Music. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Koz Celeb". The Advocate. September 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013. his first CD of all-new, original material since he came out in The Advocate in 2004
  21. ^ 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 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.
  22. ^ "12 Questions for Dave Koz - Marin Magazine - December 2016 - Marin County, California". Marinmagazine.com. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h "Billboard chart positions > albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009.
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ "Dave Koz Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009.

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