For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with Jeff Lorber.
Dave Koz was born on March 27, 1963 in Encino, California to Jewish parents: Norman, a dermatologist and, Audrey Koz, a pharmacist.
“At The Movies,” Koz’s eighth release with Capitol Records, features lushly produced, orchestra backed, saxophone-laden versions of iconic and beloved themes and songs from some of Hollywood’s most classic titles including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Pink Panther” and “Schindler’s List.” Born and raised in L.
A.’s San Fernando Valley — “I’m a valley boy,” he quips — Koz released his first solo album, “Dave Koz” in 1990 and established himself as an international, multiple Grammy-nominated smooth jazz superstar.
He hosts a pair of radio programs — one nationally syndicated, the other an L. morning show – and a series of sea cruises for smooth jazz lovers, “Dave Koz & Friends at Sea.” In April 2004, Koz came out in the pages of The Advocate.
A swinging single (People magazine dubbed him one of the “50 Hottest Bachelors”), I spoke with Koz to discuss making “At The Movies,” working with other gay artists including the late Luther Vandross, and whether the sax is a dude magnet. The album starts with [a sample of] Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” — it doesn’t get more gay than that.