Dave Koz (born March 27, 1963) is an American smooth jazz saxophonist from Encino, California. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications in 1986. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a member of Bobby Caldwell's tour. For the rest of the 1980s, Koz served as a session musician in several bands, toured with Jeff Lorber. Koz was a member of Richard Marx's band and toured with Marx throughout the late 1980s. He also played in the house band of CBS' short-lived The Pat Sajak Show, with Tom Scott as bandleader.
In 1990, Koz decided to pursue a solo career, and began recording for Capitol Records. His albums for the label included 1993’s “Lucky Man,” 1999’s “The Dance” and 2003’s “Saxophonic.” “Saxophonic” was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an NAACP Image Award.
In 1994, Koz began hosting a syndicated radio program, “The Dave Koz Radio Show” featuring the latest music and interviews with artists in the genre. Koz co-hosted of The Dave Koz Morning Show with Pat Prescott in Los Angeles for six years. He decided to leave the show in January 2007 and was replaced by Brian McKnight.
In 2006, Koz was selected to host a syndicated afternoon show for Broadcast Architecture's new Smooth Jazz Network. The show, based in Los Angeles, is broadcast on other Smooth Jazz stations across the country. Koz and Ramsey Lewis are the only two Smooth Jazz personalities to host two different syndicated shows during the week. Koz is the host of a weekly half-hour television series named “Frequency” put on by Fast Focus. Koz interviews musicians on the show such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Jonathan Butler, and Kelly Sweet. At the end of each interview, he plays along with the musician, adding some of his saxophone riffs to one of their hit songs.
Koz was also the bandleader on “The Emeril Lagasse Show.” The band, “Dave Koz & The Kozmos,” featured Jeff Golub (guitar), Philippe Saisse (keyboards), Conrad Korsch (bass guitar), and Skoota Warner (drums).
In 2002, Koz started a record label, Rendezvous Entertainment, with Frank Cody and Hyman Katz. Koz plays a Yamaha silver alto sax (YAS-62S) with a #7 Beechler metal mouthpiece, a Yamaha straight silver Soprano sax (YSS-62S) or a vintage Conn curved soprano sax with a #8 Couf mouthpiece, and a Selmer Mark 6 Tenor sax with a Berg-Larsen 90/2 hard rubber mouthpiece. As for reeds, he uses size 3 Rico Plasticover.
In September 2009, Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His 2010 album, “Hello Tomorrow” became his first to reach #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.