“Cole is redefining smooth jazz” – All About Jazz
Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz. The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album Stay Awhile produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. The disc scored multiple #1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, Between Us, was released in 2000. His catchy singles made him an instant radio favorite, and he regularly cranked them out.
Invigorating and groove-filled, funky and fun, soulful and smooth, rollicking and sweet – Steve Cole’s latest album, 2023’s Without a Doubt, goes down smooth, but is jam-packed with indelible hooks and rhythms that will propel listeners from their seats. Cole felt free to let his passions run rampant with nothing to prove – Without a Doubt. The album is chock full of memorable melodies that could be easily retooled as hits for the likes of the Commodores or Earth, Wind & Fire.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Steve has performed/recorded, with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, and KMFDM, and has been a featured soloist with the City of Prague Orchestra, and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Steve is also a founding member of The Sax Pack, a stellar sax trio completed by Kim Waters and Jeff Kashiwa.
When he’s not touring, Dr. Cole teaches music industry entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota where he is a Clinical Professor and Teaching Fellow.
Steve Cole, saxophone
Brandon Commodore, drums
David Feily, guitar
Jeff Bailey, bass
Kavyesh Kaviraj, keys
Lucia Sarmiento, saxophone
Adam Meckler, trumpet
Scott Agster, trombone
Recommended for Fans of Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson, Eric Marienthal and Mindi Abair.
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