|Steve Cole (USA) - saxophone |
At the age of 18 saxophonist Steve Cole played as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Despite his success in the classical realm, Cole opted to focus on his true musical loves, Jazz, Pop and R&B. Steve began gigging frequently on the local Chicago music scene as a session player and performing with keyboardists Bob Mamet and Brian Culbertson. Steve Cole began his solo career with his first solo album Stay Awhile (1998). It turned out to be a smooth jazz sensation. The success of this debut album culminated at the 2000 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards where Steve was the recipient of the Prism Award for Best New Artist. Cole followed the record's success by performing and recording frequently, both as band leader and featured guest, with such artists as Boz Scaggs, Junior Wells, Waymon Tisdale, KMFDM, Rick Braun, Peter White, and Brian Culbertson. In addition to his roadwork, Cole has also lent his special sax touch to such records as Larry Carlton's "Fingerprints", Brian Culbertson's 1999 release, "Somethin' About Love" , and Jeff Lorber's "Kickin' It".