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The Bob Lefsetz Podcast

The Bob Lefsetz Podcast: Dave Koz

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I don’t care if you’re a fan of Dave or not, you should listen to this podcast. To hear how a middle-class boy from the Valley, with a dermatologist father and a cookie-baking mother, made it in music. How he picked up the saxophone to be in his brother’s band and didn’t decide to turn professional until after graduating from UCLA. Dave got a gig with Bobby Caldwell, who insisted Dave “perform” during his solo, engendering Koz’s active stage show, and then Jeff Lorber not only hired him for his band, he helped him make demos to get a record deal.

Dave’s weathered the changes. The soft jazz WAVE format was burgeoning when he began and eventually faded. Dave toured relentlessly and then started his own cruises long before that became de rigueur. In other words, Dave Koz pivoted and has found his way in the twenty-first century by being in the Dave Koz business. And he lives to collaborate, hell, he’s even played with the Foo Fighters!

And in today’s newspaper, there’s a review of the new Tarantino movie that reveals all the plot points, which bugs me, that’s why we go to the movies, for the plot! So I feel anxious about revealing details about Dave’s performance, but I truly want you to listen. Too often you can’t relate to the star’s circumstances, and frequently they can barely get their story across.

But not Dave.


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