5 Questions: Dave Koz

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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

A nine-time GRAMMY® nominee, Dave Koz has charted nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Album chart, including 2015’s Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Records), which features some of his most memorable creative partnerships – including duets with such artists as Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Michael McDonald, Barry Manilow and Luther Vandross – and Summer Horns, Koz’s 2013 collaboration with Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, which paid tribute to the horn-fueled, rock/funk/soul bands of the 1960’s and 70s.

SD: You have been on this tour since the end of July. How is the tour going?

DK: It’s been great! I am having a heck of a time. Since I am a huge psycho-fan of Larry, I have to pinch myself night after night to make sure this is real. I can’t believe that I am sharing a stage with him.

SD: How did you get connected with Larry Graham Jr.?

DK: Larry has performed on a few of our cruises, “David Koz and Friends at Sea.” We become such great friends and since I am a huge fan, I wanted to take our show to land.  Our collaboration really works because jazz music is rooted in R&B. We really do owe him and Sly and the Family Stone our musical gratitude.

SD: What do you enjoy most about performing with him?

DK: I love playing the horn parts on his music. I start the show and play for about 45 minutes and then we finish the show together. He is amazing! The only thing I struggle with is trying to dance and play the sax.  The dance steps have me floundering on stage. I look like a complete fool, but I don’t care. He is a total entertainer. He is such a generous, warm, and fun person. I am so honored to be in his presence.

SD: Was the saxophone your first choice of an instrument to play?

DK: No, it was the piano. My mom forced us to play it. I hated it, so I rebelled against my parents when I was 8 and started playing the drums. I was even worse at the drums than the piano. When I was in seventh grade, my brother had a band and I wanted it to be in it. He said the only way I could join is if I played the sax.  I got one and it was the first time that an instrument felt right in my hands.

SD: Your latest album “Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection” was released back in 2015. Any plans on a new album?                

DK: I just finished a new Christmas album that will be released this fall. It’s in celebration of our 20th anniversary of our first Christmas album. I do have plans to work on the next “Summer Horns” projects that will be released sometime in 2018.

 

For more information about Dave, visit www.davekoz.com. To purchase tickets to see him perform at the Cabot theatre on September 1st visit www.thecabot.org


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