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Dave Koz

"Instrumental Pop Saxophonist"
Since his self titled 1990 smash hit debut, Koz has become a smooth jazz phenomenon. The saxman scored big at radio and retail even when he turned away from his established R&B/pop sound on his appropriately titled 1996 album Off The Beaten Path. While the folksy, organic instrumentation of that project-which he repeated beautifully on his 1997 holiday offering December Makes Me Feel This Way-was Koz's way of reaching deeper to create a more personal and introspective statement, The Dance is his exclamation that he's ready once again for the action of big city life.

"The music I was creating at that time was a real adventure for me, both musically and sonically, and it was designed around a time in my life where I was looking back and gaining perspective on my earlier successes," says Koz, whose second album, 1993's Lucky Man, achieved gold sales status and launched a multi-media career in the spotlight.

In Koz's estimation, the most exciting moment came when legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach not only agreed to co-write, but also play piano on the dreamy funk based soprano ballad, "Don't Give Up." A lifelong admirer, Koz met Bacharach in Cuba at a writers cultural and musical exchange program whose aim was to pair Cuban musicians and composers with attending American artists like Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, The Indigo Girls, Jordan, Bacharach and Koz. Dave had previously participated in a similar program in Indonesia, where his debut LP had gone Double Platinum.

Touring constantly upon the success of Dave Koz and Lucky Man, Koz traveled well over a year and a half behind each recording. His debut spawned several Adult Contemporary hits, including the Top Ten "Nothing But The Radio On" and "Castle of Dreams," which spent five weeks at #1 on the NAC chart. In addition to brisk sales
Stateside, the album was Double Platinum in Malaysia and Gold in Singapore and was
ranked #8 by Billboard in the publication's list of Contemporary Jazz Records of the year. Lucky Man reached even greater heights, coming in at #1 on Radio & Records' year end NAC airplay chart after holding the pole position for eight weeks. The collection had an incredibly long chart life in Billboard, ranking #13 for 1993, #4 for 1994 and #22 for 1995 after charting for over a hundred total weeks. Its most recognized single, "Faces of the Heart," became the new theme to the long running ABC daytime drama General Hospital and proceeds from the song were donated to the Starlight Foundation. Dave is a global ambassador of The Starlight Foundation.


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