Dave Koz – July 25, 2019 Episode
Yes, the active saxophonist, the smooth jazz king. Dave is personable and eloquent and if you want to know how to make it, what it’s like to have a hit and soldier on, this is for you.
To hear how a middle class boy from the Valley, with a dermatologist father and a cookie-baking mother, made it in music. How he picked up the saxophone to be in his brother’s band and didn’t decide to turn professional until after graduating from UCLA. Dave got a gig with Bobby Caldwell, who insisted Dave “perform” during his solo, engendering Koz’s active stage show, and then Jeff Lorber not only hired him for his band, he helped him make demos to get a record deal.
Dave’s weathered the changes. The soft jazz WAVE format was burgeoning when he began and eventually faded. Dave toured relentlessly and then started his own cruises long before that became de rigueur. In other words, Dave Koz pivoted, and has found his way in the twenty first century by being in the Dave Koz business. And he lives to collaborate, hell, he’s even played with the Foo Fighters!
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