Dave Koz & Friends Christmas 2012
Koz often draws comparisons to another well-known saxophonist, David Sanborn. Because the two sound almost alike, Koz is sometimes billed as the second coming of Sanborn.
Koz graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications in 1986 and started into his musical career almost immediately afterwards playing for crooner Bobby Caldwell. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with artists such as Richard Marx, and played in the house band on Arsenio Hall’s late-night talk show.
In 1990, Koz decided to pursue a solo career. The move proved to be successful, and his self-titled album earned high praise from critics and fans alike. His later albums include Lucky Man, The Dance, and Saxophonic. Saxophonic was nominated for both a Grammy and an NAACP Image Award.
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. He is currently co-host of the morning show on 94.7 The Wave, a smooth jazz station in Los Angeles.
In 2002, Koz started a record label, Rendezvous Entertainment, with Frank Cody and Hyman Katz. One of the first albums from that label was Golden Slumbers: A Father’s Lullaby, which came at the time his brother Jeff became a father for the first time.
Koz also performed “Faces of the Heart”, which served as the theme song on the ABC hit soap General Hospital from 1993 to 2004.