Dave Koz is an American smooth jazz saxophonist known for his melodic and accessible style. Born on March 27, 1963, in Encino, California, Koz grew up in a musical family and began playing the saxophone at the age of 13. He went on to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied music.
Throughout his career, Koz has released numerous albums as a bandleader and collaborated with a wide range of artists from across the musical spectrum. He has been praised for his ability to blend elements of jazz, pop, and R&B into a seamless and accessible sound.
Koz’s playing style is characterized by its smooth and melodic approach, as well as its ability to convey a wide range of emotions. He is known for his virtuosic technique and his ability to craft memorable melodies that resonate with audiences around the world.
In addition to his work as a performer and recording artist, Koz is also an active philanthropist and advocate for music education. He has established the Dave Koz & Friends Jazz Cruise, which raises money for a number of charitable organizations, and he has also been involved with a number of other music education initiatives.
Koz’s contributions to music have been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and multiple Grammy nominations. He is also a D’Addario Woodwinds artist, and his signature saxophone reeds are widely used by musicians around the world.
Today, Koz is considered one of the most successful and influential smooth jazz artists of his generation. His commitment to accessibility and his dedication to music education continue to make him a beloved figure among jazz fans and musicians alike.
Page last updated 3/26/2023.