- Steve Cole
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Steve Cole
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date and age|1971|8|17
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years_active = 1990s–present
Label = Narada Jazz/EMI
URL = [http://www.stevecole.net www.stevecole.net]
Early career and education
Cole was born in
Chicago, Illinoisand began to play music at a young age. At first, he trained classically, following in his father's footsteps with the clarinetbefore switching to the saxophone in high school. While at Northwestern University, he studied classical saxophone before changing his field to economics, eventually earning an MBAfrom The University of Chicago. After leaving school, Cole returned his focus to music; in particular, jazz.
In a 2003 interview with JazzNation, Cole describes how he started his career:
"I started playing pop music, R&B, be-bop, all that stuff, playing clubs in Chicago until 4 o’clock in the morning for many years. You know, just doing that kind of thing, then started doing some commercial music, radio and TV stuff. Then I started thinking about getting in to some other types of music. I met some great people here in Chicago, Brian Culbertson, a guy named Bob Mamet, an Atlantic Records recording artist, a while ago, and started getting on the road and playing as a side man for those guys and eventually was able to do it on my own."
In 2000 his first solo album "Stay Awhile" won him the "
Prism Awardfor Best New Artist" at the "Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards". He was also a winner of Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual young artists competition, allowing him the honor of performing with the orchestra.
In 2001 he hit the charts with the Grover Washington,jr & Bill Withers classic "Just The Two of Us" from the star-studded tribute album "To Grover, with Love", produced by renowned keyboardist/arranger/producer Jason Miles. The album eventually made # 4 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums. The track covered fantastically by Regina Belle, Steve Cole and George Duke is still on the playlist of many jazz radio stations and has become a azz classic.
Cole's second album "Between Us" resulted in a #1 hit with the track "Got It Goin’ On" and the single "Thursday" from his latest album, "Spin", reached the Top 20 in the radio charts. "Spin" has been well-received by critics with a score of 4.5/5.0 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kycibkr9hakz~T2] at
Allmusic- the same score held by "Between Us" and "NY LA". [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kycibkr9hakz~T2] He had announced that he was working on another album, to be released sometime in 2006. [http://www.stevecolemusic.com/index.php?journal] However, that album was released only in 2007.
Steve's newest album, "TRUE" is his funkiest yet, with plenty of
R&B, soul, and jazzinfluences. Cole effortlessly bridges the gap between instrumental virtuosity, seamless ensemble playing, and a high-caliber creative chemistry that runs the stylistic gamut. Steve has assembled quite a group of musicians, world class and highly regarded players join him in what’s regarded as his finest album yet. [http://www.stevecole.net/biography-152.htm]
* "Stay Awhile" (1998)
* "Between Us" (2000)
* "NY LA" (2003)
* "Spin" (2005)
* "True" (2006)
* [http://www.stevecolemusic.com/ Official Steve Cole website]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20041019132721/http://www.thejazznation.com/Spotlight/stevcole/stevecole.htm 2003 JazzNation Interview (Archive.org)]
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