If you're a true Chicagoan then the name Dave Koz should ring a (Christmas) bell. Not only has the famed saxophonist brought his Christmas tour, Dave Koz & Friends, to the city year after year but he was a staple on Chicago's smooth jazz radio station, WNUA 95.5 . Years has past since Dave and other radio hosts on WNUA got the plugged pulled on them due to format changes. Despite not hearing his soothing voice on a daily, Dave still jazzes up Chicago, as well as the world, anytime he can. Two decades ago the Grammy nominee- and nice Jewish boy - launched his first-ever Christmas tour. Now fans and families across the country await his arrival with the kind of anticipation formerly reserved for St. Nick himself, earning the saxophonist extraordinaire the nickname "Santa Koz." The concert features fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from the artists' respective catalogs.
Koz's career spans over three decades and within that time he has managed to continually pump out solid jazz albums, run a restaurant and popular radio show while still looking good doing it. Speaking to Dave you can tell his passion for the music is still as strong as it was when he was a little boy.
“Always front and center is the music. It’s humbling, this many years in such a fickle business, to still have a career, still be able to go out and tour and make records,” he says. “Music has been such a blessing to me, and we need it more than ever today.” -Dave Koz
In between his busy tour schedule we had a chance to chat with Dave about his upbringing, the tour and his philanthropy efforts through Starlight organization. Take a listen to the interview below:
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