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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” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. The disc scored two #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 cranked them out with regularity on subsequent albums “NY LA” (2003), “Spin” (2005, “True” (2006), "Moonlight" (2009), and "True" (2013). In addition to his work as 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

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News: Festival

Get Ready For The Free 4th Annual GRandJazzFest Aug. 15-16 In Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

Get Ready For The Free 4th Annual GRandJazzFest Aug. 15-16 In Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation brings 10 diverse jazz performance acts to the Rosa Parks Circle stage in jny: Grand Rapids, Michigan on Aug. 15-16, West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. This year’s headline act brings together three internationally acclaimed musicians—Paul Brown and Nate Harasim with special guest Deon Yates – under the billing ...

News: Recording

Steve Cole's "Pulse" Beating Strongly

Steve Cole's "Pulse" Beating Strongly

The saxophonist comes full circle on his seventh album, which was released today. Minneapolis, Minnesota (17 September 2013): Deep soul nuances, rhythm & blues grooves, a wall of horns and hooks that pack a wallop are the heartbeat of saxman Steve Cole’s “Pulse,” his seventh album that was released today by Artistry Music. The record that ...

News: Festival

Jazz Jackpot: Jazz And Soul Stars To Light Up The City Of Lights

Jazz Jackpot: Jazz And Soul Stars To Light Up The City Of Lights

Las Vegas Jazz Festival slated for September 27-29, 2013 headlines Charlie Wilson, India.Arie, Jeffrey Osborne, Euge Groove, Kem and Anthony Hamilton Phoenix, Arizona (8 August 2013): More than 24 contemporary jazz and R&B high rollers promise to make the Las Vegas Jazz Festival a winning bet. Tickets are now on sale for the 3-day music and ...

News: Recording

Big Hooks And Big Horns Power Saxman’s Soulful “Pulse”

Big Hooks And Big Horns Power Saxman’s Soulful “Pulse”

Steve Cole’s 7th album due September 17th preceded by “With You All The Way” Minneapolis, MN: Rather apropos that saxophonist Steve Cole covered the soul classic “Going In Circles” on his forthcoming “Pulse” album, his 7th solo disc, which he produced and wrote with fellow saxophonist David Mann. Honest and organic are vital qualities to Cole, ...

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News: Video / DVD

Saxophonist Kim Waters Releases "Am I A Fool," The Debut Video From His 17th Album This Heart Of Mine

Saxophonist Kim Waters Releases "Am I A Fool," The Debut Video From His 17th Album This Heart Of Mine

“Am I A Fool" Features Lead Vocal by Soul Prince Calvin Richardson Kim Waters has been heralded as “simply one of the planet's best saxophonists" by Jazz Times Magazine and touted as a “romantic pied piper" by The Washington Post. Waters has built an impressive and enviable career giving his fans what they want, along the ...

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Article: Album Review

The Sax Pack: The Pack Is Back!

Read "The Pack Is Back!" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


If The Pack is Back is a slight improvement over the 2008 debut from The Sax Pack “supergroup" of Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole, it's because they sound more comfortable playing together, trimmed of frills and excesses that made the first album a sloppy affair.However, don't think this is a dramatic departure ...

Album

True

Label: Narada Jazz
Released: 2007
Track listing: Bounce; Cote Seine; Curtis; Just A Natural Thang; Take Me; Something About You; Metro; Closer; Come With Me.

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Article: Album Review

Steve Cole: True

Read "True" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Let's face it, the music genre(s) known as “Smooth Jazz or “Adult Contemporary Jazz or “Nu-Jazz (if, in fact, they are different genres) demonstrate little critical appeal among those who consider themselves “serious jazz enthusiasts. Elevator Music, Muzak, Weather Channel Music, whatever, Smooth Jazz gets precious little respect...as well it deserves. As a branch of jazz, ...

Album

True

Label: hat ART
Released: 2006


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