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Dave Koz

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. A six-time Grammy® nominee, he’ll be honored in 2009 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. The list of artists who Koz has played with bears testament to his talent and includes such musical luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross, and Rod Stewart. Born and raised in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, Koz initially picked up the saxophone to gain entry into his big brother's band

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Article: Radio

Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro

Read "Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In astrology, October 18 zodiac people are on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, referred to as the Cusp of Drama. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro share that birthday, which would certainly make for a dramatic dinner party. Besides shoutouts to this dynamic trio, vocalist Lee Wiley and pianist Thelonious Monk are celebrated as well. The broadcast ...

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Article: Radio

It's Warm Outside

Read "It's Warm Outside" reviewed by Nick Davies


As we continue to structure our playlists around a theme, to look at the different lenses through which various musicians bring their experiences about it, in this edition we feature songs about warmth, something that is no longer in short supply as the summer approaches, or global warming increases. Playlist Haz Solo “Global ...

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Article: Radio

Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Ragonese: Day to Day

Read "Day to Day" reviewed by Paul Naser


If you haven't heard Michael Ragonese's name before, you're sure to hear it a lot more. The award winning pianist is a constant fixture in Los Angeles; if he's not a sideman at one club, he's leading a band at another. Among the many luminaries he has performed or recorded with are: Bennie Maupin, David Binney, ...

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Article: Radio

Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

Read "Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong" reviewed by Leo Sidran


In this podcast episode guitarist Cory Wong talks about coming up in Minneapolis (he was mentored by Ricky Peterson and drummer Michael Bland), playing with Vulfpeck, disrupting smooth jazz with Dave Koz, commanding the grid, letting “rhythm take the lead," the YouTube effect, the power of a good story, and Thai massage. Along the ...

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News: Festival

Count Basie Theatre Announces First-Ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest

Count Basie Theatre Announces First-Ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest

DAVE KOZ + LARRY GRAHAM, HERBIE HANCOCK, SNARKY PUPPY, CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND with BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES SPONSORED BY PATRIZIA’S OF RED BANK, MONMOUTH COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS AND THE ASBURY PARK PRESS The historic Count Basie Theatre, the state’s top-selling performing arts center and the namesake of jazz great William “Count” Basie, ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Read "Persuasion" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


There's jazz that is edgy, startling, daring, confrontational and demands attention be paid. It grabs you by the ears and pulls you close and won't let go. Then there's a kinda/sorta jazz where all the edges have been sanded off, there's no chances taken, no unexpected or startling moments, and nothing is ever at risk. If ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

Jazz Fusion Orchestra Bandzilla Feat. Guest Appearances By Randy Brecker & Leo Sayer To Release Long-awaited Second Album "Bandzilla Rises!!!"

What happens when a group of top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio ...


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