Dave Koz

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Dave Koz
Background information
Birth name David S. Koz
Born (1963-03-27) March 27, 1963 (age 55)
Origin Encino, California, U.S.
Genres Smooth jazz
Occupation(s) 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
Website davekoz.com

David S. "Dave" Koz (born March 27, 1963) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist.

Early life

Dave Koz was born on March 27, 1963 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.[1] Although he is Jewish, Koz plays both Christmas and occasional Hanukkah songs at his concerts.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.

After his second album, Lucky Man, was released in 1993, ABC Daytime choose the third track off the album, Faces of the Heart, to be the theme song for their daytime drama General Hospital. It remained as the theme song for well over a decade. In the mid to late 2000s, the song was dropped for another theme for a short time, but returned. It is currently not the show's theme song.

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.[5]

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

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. Capitol Records/EMI's "Forever Cool" (2007) features Koz in a new arrangement of "Just in Time" with the voice of the late 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.[6] 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).[7][8][9]

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 a No. 3 Rico Plasticover.[10]

On September 22, 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[11]

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 The Eric André Show, season 1 episode 7, and sat in with the house band.[12]

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.[13][14]

Personal life

In an April 2004 interview with The Advocate, Koz came out publicly as gay.[15][16]



Year Album details Peak chart
Hot 200
1990 Dave Koz 129
1993 Lucky Man 176
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
2003 Saxophonic (2003) 2
2005 Golden Slumbers: A Father's Love
2007 At the Movies 86 2
Memories of a Winter's Night 7
2008 Masterpiece
2008 Greatest Hits 184 3
2010 Hello Tomorrow 104 1
2013 Live at the Blue Note Tokyo
Dave Koz & Friends – Summer Horns 84 3
2014 The 25th Of December
2015 Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection 187 1
  • 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.


Year Single Chart Positions[18]
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. 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 2013-11-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Akamatsu, Rhetta (November 27, 2011). "Concert Review: Dave Koz and Friends Christmas, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA11/25/11". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Condran, Ed (November 28, 2013). "Dave Koz brings Christmas spirit to Durham". newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Pack A Picnic And Head For Ste. Michelle's Big Outdoor Concert, The Seattle Times, June 28, 1991
  5. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Frequency – Hosted by Dave Koz". fastfocus.tv. Public Television Media. Retrieved 2009-07-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Television: Emeril Lagasse and Dave Koz". March 22, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Aubrey Everett (March 4, 2010). "Dave Koz and Emeril Team Up on TV". JazzTimes. Retrieved May 17, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Dave Koz & The Kozmos" (PDF). Retrieved May 10, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Vail, Greg. "What the Pros Play – Saxophonist Dave Koz". Woodwind & Brasswind. Retrieved March 2, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Steele, Bruce (September 22, 2009). "Koz Celeb". The Advocate. Retrieved May 17, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "The Eric André Show, Season 1, Episode 7, 'J-Moe'". Amazon. Retrieved October 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Matt Lopez, 'Spaghettini Beverly Hills Set To Open With Performance By Santana's Andy Vargas', TheBeverly Hills Courier, December 5, 2014, Volume XXXXVIIII, Number 48, p. 4
  14. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge Beverly Hills
  15. "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<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Billboard chart positions > albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Dave Koz Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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