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July 19, 2002 - Image 77

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-07-19

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-The New Yorke

boisterous or very mellow or
anything in between.
Whatever I put into it, I get
right back.

JN: How do you compose?
DK: I love to play the piano
although I'm lousy at it, and
sometimes songs come out
that way. Sometimes songs
come out when I have the
saxophone in my hand.
Sometimes songs come out in
the shower or while I'm driv-
ing. It's really like there's no
rhyme or reason. I've learned
to be sure to have a tape
recorder ready when those
times come.

JN: Is there one song that
you've written or performed
that best expresses who you
DK: One of the first songs I
ever wrote as a recording
artist was "Emily." I wrote it
with two of my buddies when
my goddaughter was born.
She just celebrated her 15th
birthday, and I thought I'd
bring it back into the show
because we haven't played it
in quite some time. That
song has a melody that peo-
ple just connect with, and it's
really resonating on the road.
I'm like a family man even
though I don't have a family
myself I love my nieces and
godchildren. I come from a
real Jewish family with a
mother always getting togeth-
er with the kids and food.
That still continues.

"AIDA ZINGS! Visually sumptuous.
Hurtling action, powerful pop-rock music.


-Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

Mama Koz in the kitchen:
Move over Mrs. Letterman.

The 'Other'
Dave's Mom

Dave Koz loves his mother's recipe for
mandel bread and includes it on his Web
site, wwvv.davekoz.com , where her other
recipes also can be found.
"I come from a real Jewish family with a
mother always getting together with the
kids and food," he says.

Mama Koz's Mandel Bread

3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. of almond extract
2 3/4 cups of flour
1 tsp. of baking soda
pinch of salt to taste
1 to 2 cups of walnuts

Using an electric mixer, combine all ingredi-
ents, adding the walnuts last. Spray cookie
sheet with Pam and maje two long logs.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at
350 degtees for 25 minutes. After 5 minutes,
the logs should have spread. Using a knife, *-
reshape them. The logs will lose their shape
and need reshaping a couple more times.
After baking, cool and slice. Place the slices
flat on a cookie sheet and again sprinkle with
cinnamon and sugar. Brown on both sides
(about 5-8 minutes) and then cool.

JN: Have you ever composed
any Jewish-themed music?
DK: I made two Christmas
records (December Makes Me
Feel This Way and A Smooth
Jazz Christmas) because
Christmas, to me, is less
about the religious aspect and more
about time together with family.
There's something that happens in the
Christmas time period that brings
people together. That's something that
I've always loved even though I grew
up celebrating Chanukah.
When we made the two recordings,
my mom made me promise that I
would record a Chanukah classic song.
I did some research and talked to a
rabbi and a cantor. All the songs I _
could come up with didn't feel appro-
priate for the recordings, so I ended

up writing one, "Eight Candles." It
appears on both of the holiday CDs,
and every time we do it live, it's always
people's favorite song whether they're
Jewish or not.

JN: Have you ever performed in
DK: I've been to Israel twice, but I've
never performed there. My best friend
from college was on a year of study
abroad there, and I went to visit him
for a couple of weeks. I stayed all that
time in Israel. I went back about six
months later and stayed a few days.



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