Six-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz will receive the 2,389th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, marking 20 years as a professional jazz musician.
Barry Manilow and Chris Gardner, whose autobiography, "The Pursuit of Happyness" became a major motion picture, will join Koz in speaking in the late-morning ceremony in front of Capitol Records. Koz also will perform his Grammy-nominated rendition of "Over the Rainbow.''
Singers Johnny Mathis, BeBe Winans and Dave Grohl and actor Jason Alexander are also expected to attend.
Born March 27, 1963, in Encino, Koz wanted to join his brother Jeff's band but was constantly rejected. Eventually, his brother said he could be in the band if he played the saxophone. He was in the band two years later.
As a student at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Koz played saxophone in the school's jazz band. Koz graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a degree in mass communications.
Koz began his professional career by touring with Bobby Caldwell's band, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and pop singer Richard Marx. He also played in the house band on the CBS late-night show "The Pat Sajak Show."
Koz released his first solo album, "Dave Koz," in 1990. His second album, "Lucky Man," released in 1993, achieving gold record status. "The Dance," released in 1999, also was a gold record and his best seller.
Koz hosts a weekday afternoon show on the Smooth Jazz Radio Network and the syndicated weekend radio program "Dave Koz Jazz Show," now its 15th year.