Dave Koz is known for being a smooth jazz saxophone icon. In the 80’s he was a member of Bobby Caldwell’s and Richard Marx’s tour band. He hosted his own radio show on 94.7 The Wave in the 90’s and also pursued a solo career through Capitol Records. His album Saxophonic was nominated for a Grammy Award. Koz is now the host of a radio show entitled Frequency, where he interviews several musicians such as Earth, Wind, and Fire, and at the end of the interview, Dave and the musicians play one of their hits accompanied a saxophone riff. Today Arthur Kade sits down to talk to Dave about his new album “Summer Horns” and more. Dave, who now has the number one jazz album in the country says, that the album was an experiment that he and three other great saxophonist, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright collaborated on. Dave says that the album worked so well because the four of them have a mutual respect for each other as being artist and soloist. Dave tells us two secrets to longevity in the music business, he jokingly mentions Botox as well as hair dye, but on a serious note says that challenging himself is what keeps him going. Dave talks about the beginning of his career and getting his big break, his advice is to play with as many different people as possible in order to network. Dave talks about being a role model for up and coming jazz musicians, he says with the change in times of the music business that he feels like he is also a student, learning new technologies, and social media platforms. “I don’ think of myself as a role model at all, I think of myself as a student” Dave says that when he plays with high school and college students, he feels like he learns more from them. With the dying out of smooth jazz radio stations, Dave points out in reference to a New York Times article, that the fan base remains passionate and loyal. Dave got the chance to reunite with Dave Oertel, who interviewed him twenty years ago in St. Louis. Watch the Spreecast to see a longtime fan Yinka “Prince” Ayinde, have a jam session on sax with Dave.
Here is Dave Koz on PBS’ Tavis Smiley about the new album “Summer Horns” right before chatting #InTheLab with me: