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Dave Koz

Dave Koz is once again being considered for a Grammy. The announcement was made on December 4, 2003 that "Honey-Dipped" from the "Saxophonic" album was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The October release of the album missed the Grammy deadline and the nomination came as bit of a surprise to the saxist. "I’m excited . . . shocked and excited," said Koz a few hours after hearing the news. When asked if he expected it, he quickly replied, "Not in a million years . . . definitely one of those where you go, ‘Wow!’"

What is most remarkable about the nomination is that "Honey-Dipped" was chosen out of four songs as a single release by fans. Koz serves as a radio personality for the WAVE in LA and listeners were given the honors. "[We] had a little contest where people could vote for the one they wanted . . . [and] they were right," said Koz.

The relationship Koz has with his fans is unique. His website, www.davekoz.com, is known for having a cozy forum where board participants can get to know one another. A place of friendship and compassion, seasoned users are quick to welcome new members. Never one to be left out, Koz occasionally drops in on the chats to check the pulse of the site. Koz fondly shared, "It’s wonderful to see the community that has developed . . . I would like to invite people to come and check out what is happening in our forums."

When asked about his success, Koz is quick to give the credit to where it is due. "Without the fans we don’t have anything, especially with the people who live the music and support it," humbly stated. He further points out that jazz is a "comradery" between the relationships of radio, musicians and the listeners. "We all recognize each other’s roles in keeping the music alive." Further adding, "the fans are the be all and end all of our careers. Generally speaking, they are nice people."

The relationship Koz has with his own family is rare. His brother, Jeff, co-writes a lot of songs with Koz and plays on his albums. Koz’s mother, Audrey, also has an active role in her son’s career. "She’s a huge part of my life," stated Koz. She is always giving him "notes and pointers" and she is usually "right on the money." Koz lovingly added, "I love her and think the world of her. We’re very, very close. She is my biggest supporter."

Both his mother and family were "very supportive and very nurturing." His mother was a pharmacist and his father, who is now deceased, was a doctor. Children in the Koz family were encouraged to pursue their dreams. His mother and father "nurtured" whatever they wanted to do. "That for any kid is important, no matter what you are interested in," stated Koz. Audrey Koz’s advice on life is: "When love is in the heart, that is all that matters."

Koz is pretty humble about his success. When asked how he does it all, he simply shared, "I get to work with phenomenal people, who makes it fun for me. I feel really blessed that I get to do what I love to do." He has "great people" and a "great support system . . . I’m just doing my thing."

Dave Koz is currently touring the US with Marc Antoine, Chris Botti, Bobby Caldwell and Brian Culbertson in the Dave Koz Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. Check out www.davekoz.com for complete tour information. Koz is set to launch www.radiokoz.com on January 1, 2004. Visitors can surf the site for archives of past Koz radio shows and current transcripts as well.

Cheryl Hughey is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association. She is a freelance writer and regular contributor to newsprint, trades and Internet jazz publications. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dave Koz
  • Interview Date: 12/1/2003
  • Subtitle: Smoothly Focused
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