How wild is this? Mama here is celebrating 40 years in Broadcasting on 8/11/16 - and Steve Cole's brithday is on 8/17 - a BIG ONE! So, the timing for this interview is pretty doggone special :) And the music is going to truly reflect SPECIAL!
Steve's new project is called "Turn It Up" - and it's a fabulous ride amidst the different feels and flavors of Steve's career. Now you know that our guest is a Chicago native, proudly so. And he used to play the clubs until four in the morning many times in his early days. NAME your favorite kind of music and Steve was PLAYING it! But he had this solid background in clarinet and saxophone - and he felt a kinship with Jazz - especially after working closely with Brian Culbertson. So, the future was set: in 1998, "Stay Awhile" was released (produced by Brian!) - and it culminated in two #1 hits.
Six bodies of work as a leader and others with the group that he co-founded, Sax Pack, and Steve Cole is a Top-Of-Mind Saxophonist in the world of Contemporary Jazz. What you might not know: this music man was an Economics major in college - so he understands the BUSINESS as well as the ART. And he has stood on stage with or recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Cyrus Chestnut, Freddy Cole (who is also celebrating a special anniversary!) and WAY more.
There has been so many miles since the last time that Steve visited the show - we'll have to discuss that :) What certainly will be anticipated: the music from "Turn It Up" and the many venues that Steve has on his agenda, in support of this GREAT new album. Big thanks to Rick Scott in Los Angeles for bringing one of his Golden Clients to this Radio Girl's door. One of the reasons why this show thrives is because of promoters like Rick! See you on 8/11: to celebrate!
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