Dan Kozak Jazz, TheBiography
( Photo by Jeff Davis )
Dan Kozak came to being into he enchanted land known as Brooklyn, New York way back in the 1950's. In his mid-teens he became an obsessive collector of all sorts of musical recordings. At age 15, he fell prey to the works of John Coltrane, & jazz then became the centerpiece of his musical addiction.
In 1971, for reasons no one can recall, Dan fond himself in Kansas. On a lark, Dan decided to check out the instrument of his idol, & rented a tenor sax. He took to it rather quickly, & with a vast music collection at his disposal, developed a deeper passion for the heritage of jazz. Dan strives to convey the love & passion for this music at every performance.
In 1991, he decided to take things into his own hands, & began leading groups made up of many fine players from Topeka & Lawrence.
In 1996, Dan founded, produced, directed & performed the annual Coleman Hawkins Neighborhood Festival, Twice-annual Jazz at Grace Concert Series, Spirit of Jazz Concert Series as well as produced-hosted The Jazz Show on KDVV-FM until 1996. He also produced-hosted Classics on Oldies 102.9 FM until 1999. He also loved producing & directing the music for the Kansas River Valley Art Fair between 1997 - 1999.
By May/June 2001, Dan released two CD's: TAO & GRACE
( Earthstar Recordings ) and HANDMADE TOPEKA
( Tradepost label ).
He was such an integral part of the arts and the former as well as current musicians he touched are paying wonderful homages.
You can find some of Dan's compositions on Youtube: +SoLo presenst: Dan Kozak / John Schaffer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krIuojeuynM&fbclid=IwAR2t5E5_NcAqplHNDXQaRrUGCKbB_ujxxHOASmY8eeFMBJbBRs2bAggTlDI
Dan crawled into DUP December 10, 2011 - making him a true Legend of the Underworld. He graced us with his own unique style of poetry which will forever go unmatched in wit, form, and content. He was truly a master of neologism.