If you have already seen Dave Koz Side By Side With David Sanborn, you know what all the fuss is about, but if you haven’t, you have a great opportunity this weekend to do just that. Dave and David have taken their show on the road this summer and they’ll be making a stop this weekend very close to where Dave grew up and developed his love for the saxophone. Dave stopped by our studios to talk about the show this Sunday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, about seeing “Hamilton” in New York City and a whole lot more.
Reunited and it feels so good! I love Dave Koz; it’s no secret. It was awesome having him visit our studios two weeks in a row. He’s been busy doing his summer tour with David Sanborn, getting ready for the 2016 Christmas tour that starts in late November and his two cruises to Europe in May of next year. We talked about how he’s using social media to stay in touch with fans and friends too.
Dave has been all over the world this year doing his own international dates, opening for Barry Manilow and test driving destinations for the 2017 Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruises. We talked about why the music cruise experience is so popular right now and how these cruises attract people of all different races, religions and political persuasions. The music is the glue that connects us all to each other.
Dave talked about touring with Barry Manilow and some of the things he’s learned in the process from this musical legend. Dave says he had to remember to say two words very often: Barry Manilow. He says playing in front of huge crowds that didn’t really come to see you has been humbling but he made a lot of new fans in the process.
Dave is thrilled to be touring with David Sanborn this summer. He says that Sanborn is the beacon of modern saxophone playing and one of the major change agents of his instrument. Dave told me a story of how as a teenager, he sneaked in backstage at a Sanborn concert to meet his idol. Sanborn gave Dave some of the best advice of his career: Be yourself. Dave took that to heart and the rest is history. Returning to the Valley this weekend at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is like going home for Dave because this is where he grew up and began his love affair with the saxophone.
I love the Dave Koz Radio Show; not just because I love Dave. I think it’s because I taught him some of his radio skills so he’s like my little protégé and I’m proud of how far he has come. The one thing you can’t teach that Dave already had when I met him is the ability to communicate. No one is better at that than Dave Koz. He loves the opportunity to celebrate great music and to talk to the people who make it. Dave believes that the reason the show works is the personal relationships he has nurtured with so many of the artists.
Finally, I had a great conversation with Dave about the Broadway mega hit “Hamilton”. He sent me a super excited text right after he saw it. Dave says he is not a huge fan of hip hop so he was a little leery and the hype was so off the charts that he didn’t want to be a band wagon person but he was able to get a ticket so he went. He says it was one of the greatest theatrical experiences he’s ever had. He says it is as close to perfect as a show can get. I feel the same way about Dave’s annual Christmas shows. He’ll be doing two nights at the Cerritos Center this year as always and he will be joined by Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson fame. It will be Valerie’s first tour since the loss of her husband and long time writing partner Nick Ashford. I can’t wait to see the show but in the meantime, I hope you’ll join us this Sunday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
Dave Koz and David Sanborn: Side By Side
Sunday August 21, 2016 at 7PM
The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
For more information call (805) 449-2100 or visit www.ThousandOaksCivicArtsPlaza.com