A Phil Brodie Band Tribute Page
15 years ago Grammy nominated saxophonist and composer; Dave Koz exploded onto the Los Angeles music scene as an in-demand touring saxophonist, touring with Richard Marx, Jeff Lorber and Bobby Caldwell helped cement his reputation as one of the most expressive voices in the contemporary musical pantheon. Dave seemed to come from nowhere when he brought his debute self-titled 1990 album out which made it to the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts and stayed there several weeks. Now he is the top contender for the instrumental pop saxophone throne.
Since then, Koz has established himself as a world-renowned saxophone player, a multi-million selling solo recording artist, humanitarian, syndicated radio host and instrumental music advocate. The growing list of artists he has played with bears testament to his talent -- a list including such musical luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, Be Be Winans, Rod Stewart and others. He is the recipient of numerous nominations and honors from prestigious organizations such as The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards), the NAACP (Image Awards) and Oasis (Smooth Jazz Awards). Now he is the top contender for the instrumental pop saxophone throne.
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. Within weeks of becoming a professional musician he was recruited as a touring member of Bobby Caldwell's band. It was during this time that Koz met 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.
As well as his heavy session schedules, tours & recordings over the last 14 years, Dave has for the past nine years hosted the syndicated smooth jazz program, first billed as Personal Notes and now called simply, The Dave Koz Radio Show, Monday to Friday from 6am to 9am. Featuring the latest music and interviews with who's who in the genre, the show is carried on over 120 stations throughout the U.S. through AM/FM Networks and has about twenty five affiliates outside the U.S. in Canada, Asia, Africa and Europe.
"I got a chance to make some music with, not on record, but live with Stevie Wonder and that was a dream come true. I would love to record with him, but I've had some experiences with him that were unbelievable. Someone I have never met who I would love to record with is Elton John. That would be an amazing experience for me because I'm such a huge fan of his music."
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