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Dave Koz plays the Gaslamp Jazz Festival this Saturday, May 24

One of the most versatile musicians of the smooth jazz format these days has to be saxophonist Dave Koz. His latest CD, At the Movies, is an intriguing journey through past movies and musicals such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, West Side Story, The Pink Panther, and many other epic films of a bygone era. Koz utilizes tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones to convey his interpretation of the movie experience from a musical standpoint, and the memories are priceless.

Working in radio, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Koz on several occasions, and one of my favorite memories was from a few years ago, backstage at his “Dave Koz Christmas” concert at Spreckels Theatre. My wife and kids were with me and just before I was about to go onstage to introduce the show, Koz asked if my kids could go onstage with me to wish the crowd Merry Christmas before I introduced him. It was a thrill for the kids, and it really set the tone for the night.

DJ: Mike V.

Station: Smooth Jazz 98.1 KIFM

Shift: Weekdays, 6:00–9:00 a.m.

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