Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saxophonist Dave Koz

Out in the World of Jazz

In a 2004 interview in “The Advocate” magazine, Koz came out publicly as a gay man at age 40. Initially wary of the impact coming out would have on his story-book career, he sold more records and concert tickets than ever and has never looked back. He has become a generous and hard working advocate for gay issues.

A virtual polymath, in addition to being an award-winning saxophonist, Dave Koz is a vintner, jazz cruise host, radio personality, TV host, founder of Rendezvous Records and global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He was a featured performer at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration.

Koz was named by “People” magazine as one of their “50 Hottest Bachelors” in their June, 2004 issue (Dave’s response: “You know, I didn’t get one date out of that thing. The biggest gyp in the world!”). In 2009 Koz received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In this video Dave interviews Marilyn and Alan Bergman, a song writing team for 50 years, who wrote "The Way We Were," featured on Dave’s album “At the Movies.” He invited Vanessa Williams to perform this classic movie song on his award-winning album.

From a live concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, openly gay (and model handsome) jazz saxophonist Dave Koz plays “Over the Rainbow.” There is a long spoken introduction, so jump ahead to where the music begins at the 1:38 mark.

Dave hosts Jazz Cruises that include the likes of Chris Botti, David Benoit and Jeffrey Osborne. To learn more about them, click on this link

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