Since we talked aboout a member of The Sax Pack last week, let’s talk about the other two, starting with Steve Cole. Steve’s from Chicago, and picked up the saxophone in high school. He went to Northwestern intending to major in classical saxophone, but changed his major to economics and eventually received his MBA from the University of Chicago. After graduating, he fcused again on music, particularly jazz, a genre particularly suited to the saxophone. His 1998 debut album Stay Awhile won him the Prism Award for Best New Artist at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards in 2000.
In 2001, he joined with Regina Belle (vocals) and George Duke (keyboards) to cover Grover Washington Jr.’s “Just the Two of Us” for the album To Grover With Love. It has become a favorite on Smooth Jazz radio.
His fourth album, 2003’s Spin, yielded the single “Thursday.” It reached the Top 20 that year.
Steve is also a professor and adviser in music business at The University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. His website tells us that he’ll be in Punta Gorda, Florida on February 23 and Atlanta on April 4.
Steve Cole, your Two for Tuesday, January 22, 2019.