Gregg Karukas - Musical Director/Dave Koz Cruise

With decades of experience with All-Star shows and tours, Gregg has been tapped to MD many productions:

  • Jazzmasters / Paul Hardcastle Tribute Show Tour
  • Smooth Jazz Allstars Japan Tour 2005-2007
  • Gregg was Musical Director on the 2005 Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise with Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Peter White Mindi Abair and many more...He even had his own "trading card".
  • Gregg  joined Dave Koz as Musical Director for the inaugural 2011 Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruise to Alaska! Gregg performed his own shows and handled keyboards for Dave and many of the artists.
  • Continuing as MD on the 2012 and 2013 Koz Cruises to Europe...
  • 2014: Dave Koz Cruise Update: In case you were wondering why I'm not joining you as Musical Director on this year's Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruise; after 3 exciting and inspiring July-September Summers of planning, traveling and helping Dave and all the artists express their musical vision since 2011, I realized I needed to devote more time to write and produce more of my own songs - since my approach is not like a factory.

    Everyone asks me, "When are you coming out with a new CD?" So, at this time in my life, with both my boys more independent and passionate about their own musical efforts, my focus needed to change. I told Dave last Fall that I already had a few schedule conflicts and needed "shore leave" this Summer to allow me the time and energy to finish, launch and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, promote my long overdue 12th CD "Soul Secrets". Dave has been totally supportive and such a friend to our family for 28+ years, so he gave his full blessing.

    What I didn't know is that I would break my collarbone in June and be set back for 5 weeks......This week, after 4 months of nonstop production, I get word my first single "Elegant Nights' is #1 Most Added on Radio. So thanks to Dave, and all of my guest musicians (you know many from the cruises), it has paid off. Here's to many more, and I hope to see you on tour and on a future Cruise.

Since the release of SOUL SECRETS in October 2014, both Elegant Nights and Rio Drive singles have hit the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.