Sax-y O n
By Jane Dagmi
Dave Koz, jazz artist, radio and TV host, cruise planner, world traveler,
restaurateur, and humanitarian, has an appetite for living large,
reaching out, giving back, and fresh tuna fish salad. The last is his
favorite post-show treat and he likes to chase it down with a cold beer.
Janice de la Cruz, his “right arm” and good friend of 12 years, confirms
his affection, “I don’t know anyone else who loves tuna salad as much
as Dave.” According to Koz, the best tuna fish salad is made at Hardy’s
Prime Meats in the Valley. His mother used to pick it up from there
and bring it to him at rehearsal.
He grew up in the Valley in Tarzana, and is the youngest of three
siblings. “My mom was a real Jewish mother, and food was the glue of
our family,” says Koz, who lists egg salad, knishes and chocolate chip
cookies among Audrey Koz’s specialties. Koz, however, did not inherit
the cooking gene. His repertoire of homemade dishes is limited, which
actually makes sense for an LA-based bachelor celeb who spends half
the year on the road, lives in the land of plenty of great restaurants,
and who, at 13, made music the focus of his world.
Through Koz’s seventh-grade eyes, his brother Jeff’s band was really
Dave Koz Gets His