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Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer DAVE KOZ has established himself as a world-renowned saxophone player, a multi-million selling solo recording artist, humanitarian, syndicated radio host, and instrumental music advocate. The growing list of artists he has played with includes Richard Marx, Jeff Lorber, Bobby Caldwell, Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, U2, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, and BeBe Winans. He is the recipient of numerous nominations and honors from organizations such as NARAS (Grammy awards), the NAACP (Image Awards), Oasis (Smooth Jazz Award), and Radio & Records.
Koz recently co-founded Rendezvous Entertainment, an independent record company headquartered in Los Angeles and home to artists like Marc Antoine, Tom Braxton, Jonathan Butler, Camiel, Michael Lington, Praful, Brian Simpson, Wayman Tisdale, Kirk Whalum, and Adani & Wolf. Additionally, Koz hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, The Dave Koz Radio Show, that features artist interviews and music (the show currently runs in approximately 120 markets worldwide) and also anchors Dave Koz & Pat Prescott in the Morning, a daily morning radio show on KTWV, The WAVE.
Koz serves as Global Ambassador for the Starlight Children's Foundation. He recently completed a four-year term with the Grammy Foundation Artists Committee, a non-profit arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science dedicated to preserving America's rich cultural legacy and bringing music into schools, and he now serves on the board as Trustee for the LA Chapter.
MARC ANTOINE takes jazz to the next level with his album Modern Times, mixing the sound of a nylon string guitar with electronic beats, distinctive samples, and mellow lounge grooves. Born in Paris, Antoine has moved around the world to pursue music and culture. At age 19 he began to play jazz and Afro-pop in smoky Paris nightclubs, embracing the cross-cultural world of music. After his move to America, his reputation as arguably the most sampled guitarist in the business began to grow. He toured with Basia, played alongside jazz artists Dave Koz and Chris Botti, and jammed with Sting. Antoine considers himself a citizen of the world and his albums play like the musical photo album of a lifetime of wanderlust.
JEFFREY OSBORNE has one of the most immediately identifiable voices in contemporary music. His recording career began with LTD (Love, Tenderness and Devotion) in 1970, generating a variety of hits and one platinum and two gold albums, before he stepped out on his own in 1980. He delivered a hat trick of three gold albums for A&M before moving on to Arista Records in 1990. With the emergence of rap and hip-hop as major forces in the black music arena, Osborne held out for a recording situation that would allow him the creative freedom he was seeking as what he terms "a 'veteran' artist." His schedule of non-stop touring continues unabated. Osborne still has that great voice, and a few dozen great songs to fall back on.
The classically trained saxophonist, composer, and songwriter PRAFUL was born in the former German capital city of Bonn. After studying at a renowned Dutch conservatory for five years, Praful found happiness by making music around the clock. His philosophies, ways of thinking, and complex rhythmic compositions show the influence of Brazil, Greece, Turkey, and Israel, but his awakening came mostly in the Far East. Released this summer by forward-thinking jazz label Rendezvous Entertainment, Pyramid in Your Backyard, Praful's latest album, is a dynamic travelog full of blissful beats and cultural traditions that are accessible to people no matter where they live or where they have been.