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Renowned Saxophonist Steve Cole to Teach in Music College’s Music Business Division

Steve ColeWith Top Ten hits on the Smooth Jazz charts, thousands of records sold worldwide and years of experience in the music industry, saxophonist Steve Cole will be stepping into a teaching role at the McNally Smith College of Music this fall.  Cole will teach in the school’s popular Music Business Division, which prepares musicians and non-musicians alike to work in the music industry at a number of levels through an interdisciplinary approach to higher music education.

Besides being a distinguished musician, producer and writer, Cole also has a strong business background with an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.  He currently holds a similar teaching position as Professor Music Business Management at Columbia College Chicago.  According to McNally Smith College of Music President, Harry Chalmiers, Cole is an ideal addition to the Music Business Division staff and the college’s faculty at large.

“Steve Cole’s passion for both music and teaching is a wonderful combination that will benefit all McNally Smith students studying for careers as music artists, or as music industry professionals,” Chalmiers says. “Steve’s accomplished musicianship is matched by his in-depth business experience and formal education. We are looking forward to his work with our students and fellow faculty members who are excited to have him join this growing institution.”

The Chicago native and saxophonist began his professional career playing sessions and club dates wherever possible. He first recorded with blues legend Junior Wells and began playing, writing and producing with Atlantic Record’s artist, Brian Culbertson. His visibility at the label grew, and soon Cole signed his own deal with Atlantic in 1998. He subsequently recorded for Warner Brothers, Shanachie and EMI/Blue Note.  To date, he has released seven CDs and has five Number One R&R Smooth Jazz hits.  In 2000, he earned a Prism Award for Best New Artist at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards.

Cole has toured and/or recorded with Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, KMFDM, and Rick Braun and is a founding member, along with Jeff Kashiwa and Kim Waters, of The Sax Pack. An accomplished musician, writer and producer, he is currently under contract as a recording artist with Mack Avenue/Artistry Music, and as a writer with Universal Music Publishing where he has published over 50 works. Recently Cole signed a multiple album deal with Mack Avenue/Artistry Music. The first project for the label, entitled Moonlight, is a collection of classic pop songs and standards set amidst an orchestral backdrop.

Cole attended Northwestern University, where he explored modern classical music for the saxophone under the tutelage of internationally recognized educator Fred Hemke. While in undergraduate school, the gifted musician was a semi-finalist in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and one of three finalists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. More insights into Cole’s career and his thoughts about music and the biz can be gleaned at his website and blog: