Hometown: Los Angeles
Web site: http://www.davekoz.com
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In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a world renowned platinum selling adult pop artist, humanitarian, music-business entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. The recipient of four Grammy® nominations, the list of artists Koz has played with bears testament to his talent -- including such musical luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart and others.
Born and raised in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, Koz initially picked up the saxophone as a means of gaining entry into his big brother's band. But what began as a ploy became a lifelong obsession. Years later, after earning his degree in mass communications from UCLA, Koz decided to make a go of becoming a professional musician. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a touring member of Bobby Caldwell’s band. It was during this time that Koz befriended keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who invited Koz to come play on one of his tours. That stint was followed by a 14-month tour with pop singer Richard Marx.
Signed to Capitol Records by Bruce Lundvall, Koz released his self-titled solo debut album in 1990 -- the first in a continuing body of best-selling works, including the gold-certified Lucky Man (1993), Off The Beaten Path (1996), two holiday-themed albums, December Makes Me Feel This Way (1997) and Dave Koz & Friends - A Smooth Jazz Christmas (2001). His gold-certified fifth album The Dance (1999) spawned no less than five Top 5 contemporary jazz hits. Saxophonic (2003) produced another four Top 5 singles and garnered Koz two Grammy nominations spanning two consecutive years.
Koz’s latest album, At The Movies, is a lush, romantic collection of timeless melodies from American and foreign cinema that has been at the top of the charts since its January 2007 release. Eleven of the twelve movies featured on the album garnered Academy Award® wins or nominations. Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, and accompanied by a full orchestra, it features special guest performances by India.Arie, Anita Baker, Chris Botti, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Donna Summer, and Vanessa Williams. The album also includes several stunning instrumentals showcasing Koz’s interpretations of some of his favorite movie themes.
He’s toured consistently throughout his career, establishing three successful touring entities: Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Summer Night, Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas, and The Dave Koz & Friends At Sea Cruise on the Holland America Cruise Line.
With industry veterans Frank Cody and Hyman Katz, Koz co-founded Rendezvous Entertainment, an independent record company headquartered in Los Angeles. In five years, Rendezvous has come to dominate the radio and record charts, with recording artists such as Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale, Jonathan Butler and Patti Austin leading the way.
Dave also now hosts an afternoon radio show in over 18 markets across the nation, including Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The weekly syndicated radio show, "The Dave Koz Radio Show," features artist interviews and the best in music. Now in it’s 10th year, the show currently runs in approximately 120 markets. In addition, Koz hosts an upcoming weekly, half-hour TV show called Frequency airing later this year.
Koz serves as Global Ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He recently completed a four-year term with the Grammy Foundation Artists Committee, dedicated to preserving America's rich cultural legacy by bringing music back into schools. Since May 2005, Koz has also served as National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and is an ongoing member of the Board Of Governors for the Grammy® Foundation.
With a triumphant performing career, an independent record company, on-air host of multiple radio platforms, and the well-earned respect of the recording industry, Dave Koz’s artistry, commitment and influence continues to grow.
For more information please visit davekoz.com.