Nine-time Grammy® nominee Dave Koz remembers the first record he ever purchased - Tower of Power's 1974 album, Back To Oakland. It had a powerful impact on him. Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Koz. He's played with such artists as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart. He's become a platinum-selling artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.
Born and raised in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Koz initially saw the saxophone as a way to help him gain entry into his big brother's band. What began as a ploy became a lifelong obsession. After graduating from UCLA, Koz decided to become a professional musician. Within weeks, 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 play on one of his tours. That stint was followed by a fourteen-month tour with pop singer Richard Marx.
Koz released his solo debut album on Capitol Records in 1990. This was the first in a body of best-selling work, which includes the gold-certified Lucky Man, Off The Beaten Path, The Dance, and holiday-themed albums December Makes Me Feel This Way and Dave Koz & Friends - A Smooth Jazz Christmas. Saxophonic garnered Koz two Grammy® nominations spanning two consecutive years. At The Movies and Memories Of A Winter's Night topped Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz chart. Dave Koz - Greatest Hits, his first-ever retrospective album, was released in 2008 and it debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard and iTunes.
Grammy®-nominated Hello Tomorrow, was named the "Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010" by iTunes, and Live at the Blue Note Tokyo, received a Grammy® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Koz, and friends Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, worked with producer Paul Brown to realize the vision for Summer Horns. The album was honored with a Grammy® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and an NAACP Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album.
Koz constantly tours, with annual summer and holiday tours, and Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises. He also hosts the syndicated Dave Koz Radio Show as a radio personality. As an entrepreneur, Koz founded Rendezvous Entertainment. As a philanthropist, he has served for 19 years as global ambassador for the Starlight Children's Foundation. Koz completed a four-year term on the Grammy® Foundation Artists Committee, has 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.
To this day, Koz is transfixed by the sound of summer horns that swept him away nearly 40 years ago and, as he continues his efforts as an instrumental music advocate. He's living proof that the opportunities are limitless when you shoot for the stars and are armed with your favorite instrument.