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MARCH 28 - APRIL 3, 2008

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“Cozy hillside retreat features lots of light and an open floorplan ...”

Detour A departure from the ordinary

PGN Staff offers its 2 cents on area favorites

PGN Home Improvement

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PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS

JUNE 15 - 21, 2007 PGN

JUNE 15 - 21, 2007

By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer

Detour A departure from the ordinary

The wonderful world of Koz

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Dave Koz wants to take you to the movies. Calm down. It’s just on his new CD, “At the Movies.” The recently released collection by the out jazz saxophone powerhouse finds him expertly executing some of the most beloved scores in Hollywood history with some very impressive talents like Anita Baker, Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, Johnny Mathis, India.Arie and Vanessa Williams lending their voices. “We got very lucky,” Koz said of how he managed to pull so many A-list singers into the project. “There was a lot of begging. When you’re doing movie songs that are so iconic that you just can’t have anybody sing them. Then came the challenge of who was going to sing them. It’s funny how the songs just sort of found their singers as opposed to it really being a big chore. Certain things happened along the way. I host a radio show and I was interviewing Anita Baker. Before we went on the air we were chitchatting. She said, ‘What have you been working on?’ I said I was making this movie album. She said, ‘What songs?’ I listed the songs and I said ‘Somewhere’ from ‘West Side Story’ and for some reason she just started singing it, like belted it out and it sounded incredible. So meanwhile, I’m going in my head, ‘Do I ask her?’ It was highly unprofessional since she’s on my radio show. So I got up the nerve after she finished riffing on it. Two weeks later she was in the studio recording it. Something about it really connected with her. The same thing happened with Barry Manilow and Johnny Mathis.” Koz said that in one case, a

singer actually sought him out. “India.Arie, who’s one of my favorite singers, when she found out about the project, she called me and asked if anybody is doing ‘It Might Be You’ from ‘Tootsie.’ I said no. She said, ‘Well, if you want to do that song, I would love to sing it on the album because that was my mom’s favorite song and she used to sing it to me every night before putting me to bed when I was just a little girl and I would want to do that for my mom.’ And I said, ‘You’re in.’” Koz said that the artists’ passion for the material made the project that much easier to complete. “I think that’s why we got such great vocal performances,” he said. “These were not just artists singing songs they were asked to sing. There’s another level and that’s perfect because this music does operate on multiple levels. [There is] the musical level of course, but then there’s an emotional connection because these songs are so attached to our memories and that visual from the movie.” Still, as Koz points out, it is kind of intimidating to put a stamp on pieces of music so ingrained in the consciousness of the listener, especially on songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “As Time Goes By” and “A Whole New World.” “I think it’s harder than making your own music,” Koz said. “If you’re creating a new piece of music, you can’t do anything wrong. You’re not doing it wrong because it’s new. With redoing classic songs, especially songs that are so powerful and iconic, there’s expectations attached to them. I found out in the process of this. This is the first album that I’ve ever done in my career where I didn’t have to wear any other hat. No producing. No arranging. No engineering or anything. I could just go to the studio, take out the saxophone and put as much emotion, energy and love through that instrument to honor the composers. That’s really what I did. I found that the melodies of these songs would never let me down as long as I remained true to them.” Koz is currently on the road to support his new CD, which includes a June 17 performance at the Keswick Theatre. “We’re doing what’s called ‘At the Movies Double Feature Tour,’” he said. “The first half of the show will be hits from the past and the second half of the show we’re

at the movies. While we’re not touring with an orchestra, we’re faithfully recreating a lot of songs from the album and also adding in other iconic songs from the movies, which are fun. We’ll go from ‘Moon River’ to ‘Shaft’ to ‘Car Wash’ to ‘Austin Powers’ to ‘Over the Rainbow.’ It’s a good show.” Koz says that while performing with an orchestra like he did on the album is rewarding, playing with a jazz band also has a certain appeal to him. “It’s hard to choose,” he said when a s k e d which he prefers. “I love the funkiness and energy of playing with a killer band. Although, I just played a weekend with the National Symphony, which is an 80-piece orchestra. The best way I can describe that feeling is plopping yourself on the most incredible feather bed with the highest thread-count sheets. That’s what it feels like, to be cradled by this beauty and all those strings and those people with their hearts, souls and minds moving in the same direction. That is a very powerful experience.” The whole thread-count remark seemed like a perfect opportunity to address how Koz’s sexuality has factored into his career. His career spans almost 20 years, but he didn’t publicly come out until 2004. “I worried about it forever,” Koz said about the impact of his decision to come out. “The early parts of my career, I had a manager whose M.O. was any time there was a spark, to try and stamp it out. I never tried to be anybody other than who I was, but I never was fully showing up as who I was until I made that final step. I guess, not being a pop star, there was less to lose. But by the same token, I worked very hard to create a career and it was a successful one. It took me a long time to get to that place where I could say, ‘You know what? If it all goes, I’m OK with that because I’m not going to sacrifice living my life with a full deck of cards.’ The great irony is that here I was worrying about this for years thinking that I would never do it and I finally just did it. Not only did some of the things that I worried about not happen, but from that point on everything

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j u s t got better with more ticket and record sales and more success than I had ever dreamed of.” With a career that has walked the narrow line between musicianship, which is given more weight in the world of jazz, and entertainment, Koz admits he never worried too much about the distinction between the two.

“I play w h a t m o s t people w o u l d consider jazz music,” he said. “A lot of people would say it’s not and I wouldn’t say it is either. I think it’s more pop music. The first concert I ever saw was Earth, Wind and Fire. I saw the spandex and explosions and I was like, ‘OK this is it.’ Every time that I take the stage, it’s about entertainment and it’s also about creating art too. That’s the constant balance. Both parts of it are important to me. Sometimes critics will look at that and you’ll get raked over the coals for that because somewhere along the way it was said that this music should be really super-serious. There are moments that it should be but it doesn’t have to be all the time, especially when people come to see a show. They’re paying for the ticket and I want to make sure that they leave being transported somewhere where they feel better on their way out the door.” For more information on Dave Koz and his upcoming show at the Keswick Theatre, see www. davekoz.com or www.keswick.org. Q


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JAN. 25 - 31, 2008

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MARCH 21 - 27, 2008

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Detour A departure from the ordinary

Deliberate deceit

RACHAEL MCADAMS, CHRIS COOPER, FILMMAKER IRA SACHS AND PIERCE BROSNAN


Philadelphia Gay News April 4 - 10, 2008

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Honesty Integrity Professionalism

Vol. 32 No. 14

Clinton talks; Obama balks PGN Exclusive

INSIDE

By Mark Segal and Sarah Blazucki

Life after “Runway” Page 26 SEN. BARACK OBAMA Photo: Patsy Lynch

Gay comic (s)talks Hollywood Page 34

It’s been 1,522 days since Sen. Barack Obama has spoken with local gay press. See EDITORIAL, Page 11.

Lesbian filmmaker’s “Lullaby” Page 35 Classifieds 47 Comics 37 Detour 25 Diversions 42 Editorial 11 Mark My Words 10 Meeting Place 44 Media Trail 7 News Briefing 5 Other Views 11 The Playground 61 Scene in Philly 31 Street Talk 10 Upcoming Events 22

The Democratic race for president has been heating up for months. And where once eight contenders graced the national stage, only two have made it to Pennsylvania’s primary: Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In these months, an alliance of LGBT papers sought to speak with the top three contenders — Clinton, Obama and former Sen. John Edwards — to no avail. Now, with the delegate spread hovering around 150, smaller constituencies, including the LGBT community and their superdelegates, are playing a larger role. PGN invited both Clinton and Obama, as well as presumptive Republican candidate John McCain, to speak with us. Only Clinton granted an interview.

PGN: I assume that you and President Clinton have gay friends. Can you give me your impression of one of those couples that you socialize with, without giving any names? Hillary Clinton: Oh my gosh. There are so many of them. I know that Mark [Walsh, Clinton’s national director of LGBT outreach] is on the phone. Let me say this, we don’t get to socialize a lot. But when we do, it’s usually at a big event where we get to see people and spend time with them. This is something I want to do more of as soon as I Ànish this presidential campaign. It’s sort of hard to pick out people. We go to some events in Washington and New York. I’ve got friends, literally, around the country that I’m close to. It’s part of my life. PGN: How would you respond to those friends if they asked you why they can’t get married? HC: What I say is that marriage is in the province of the state, which has actually turned out to be lucky for us, because we didn’t have to get beaten on the Federal Marriage Amendment because we could make, among other arguments, that it was such a stretch for the federal government and it was wrong to enshrine discrimination in the Constitution. And that states are really beginning seriously to deal with the whole range of options, including marriage, both under their

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON AP Photo own state constitutions and under the legislative approach. I anticipate that there will be a very concerted amount of effort in the next couple of years that will move this important issue forward and different states will take different approaches as they did with marriage over many years and you will see an evolution over time. PGN: What will you do to improve the immigration policy for same-sex couples? HC: I think that that’s one of the biggest problems that we’ve got to contend with. Even states that have civil unions, domestic partnerships or even marriage laws are running into roadblocks with the federal government when it comes to federal beneÀts and privileges. Of course, immigration is a federal responsibility and I am going to do everything I can to eliminate any disparities in any beneÀts or rights under our law at the federal level so that all people will have available to them every right as an American citizen that they should, and that would include immigration law. PGN: What changes would you make toward governments that execute gay people, such as Iran, Egypt and Iraq and numerous other countries in the Middle East and Africa? Will you offer political asylum? HC: I would be very strongly outspoken about this and it would be part of American foreign policy. There are a number of gross human-rights abuses See CLINTON, Page 7

This page caused quite the ruckus, but after much stonewalling from the Obama camp, we got our interview


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