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Steve Slagle

Steve Slagle

American musician
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Intro American musician
Countries United States of America
Occupations Jazz musician Saxophonist Educator
Gender male
Birth 18 September 1952 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.)
Star sign Virgo
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Steve Slagle (born September 18, 1952) is an American jazz saxophonist, flautist, and composer.


Slagle was born in Los Angeles and grew up in suburban Philadelphia. He received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music and received a master's degree in Music From Manhattan School of Music.. He came to New York in 1976, first working with Machito and his Afro-Cuban orchestra, and then toured and recorded with Ray Barretto, Steve Kuhn, Lionel Hampton, Brother Jack McDuff, and Carla Bley. He also performed and traveled with Woody Herman and Cab Calloway. In the mid-1980s, he began leading his own combos, first with Mike Stern and then with Dave Stryker; the combo is currently the main focus of Slagle's music. He has also played frequently with Joe Lovano and has featured on several of Lovano's albums, including the Grammy-winning 52nd Street Themes.

In the mid-1980s, global and especially Latin influences began to inflect Slagle's work, and he appeared on albums by Milton Nascimento and recorded Highlife in Brazil. He toured frequently worldwide during the 1990s and 2000s. especially in Western Europe, Japan,South America and, latterly, Russia and Bulgaria. During the 1990s, he was a leading figure in the Charles Mingus Big Band. Ever since the late 1990s, Slagle has co-led a band with guitarist Dave Stryker. New New York, his 2000 release, has been seen as an evocation of the city's mood on the verge of 9/11 and an expression of Slagle's love for the city he has made his home. He has played with such diverse artists as Milton Nascimento, St. Vincent, Elvis Costello, the Beastie Boys, and Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John). m Slagle has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers, The New School, NYU, and clinics through the Thelonious Monk Institute as well as the Mingus Jazz Workshop and master classes and clinics worldwide.

In 2015, his Duo recording with pianist Bill O'Connell's, a tribute album to Kenny Drew Jr. was released as "The Power of Two." In February 2016 'ROUTES' ( Stryker/Slagle Band-Expanded) was released produced by Rick Simpson,with 4-horn arrangements by Steve Slagle. With much critical acclaim,'Routes' reached #2 on the national radio charts.

Slagle plays and endorses Yanagisawa saxophones—the WO-10 alto saxophone and S9930 soprano saxophone.

(Steve has also been a long time player of Haynes flutes. On Tenor Steve plays a mid -60's Selmer Mark VI, and on Baritone sax a 1947 Silver Conn)

In 2011, Slagle published a composition and improvisation workbook for the creative musician, and stories about his life in "Scenes, Songs and Solos" (Schaffner Press)((

His many original compositions are published with Slagle Music, BMI



  • 1986 Rio Highlife Atlantic Records
  • 1989 Smoke Signals Panorama
  • 1993 The Steve Slagle Quartet SteepleChase
  • 1995 Reincarnations SteepleChase
  • 1995 Our Sound Double-Time Records
  • 1997 Alto Blue SteepleChase
  • 1998 Steve Slagle plays Monk SteepleChase
  • 2000 New New York (Omnitone)
  • 2001 The Stryker/Slagle Band
  • 2005 The Stryker/Slagle Band Live at the Jazz Standard (Zoho)
  • 2007 Latest Outlook Stryker/Slagle Band (Zoho)
  • 2008 The Scene (Zoho)
  • 2010 Keeper Panorama Records
  • 2012 Evensong Panorama
  • 2015 Power of Two Panorama
  • 2016 Routes Stryker/Slagle Band-Expanded ( Strikezone Records)

As sideman

  • Motility (ECM, 1977)
  • Non-Fiction (ECM, 1978)
  • 52nd Street Themes (Blue Note 96667)( Grammy award-winning)
  • On This Day (Blue Note, live recording from Village Vanguard)
  • Streams of Expression ( Blue Note 41092)
  • Nostalgia In Times Square (Dreyfus 36575-2)
  • Gunslinging Birds (Dreyfus 36559-2)( Grammy Nominated)
  • Live In Time (Dreyfus 36583-2)( Grammy nominated)
  • Que Viva Mingus (Dreyfus 36593-2)
  • Trio Mundo: Rides Again (ZOHO #200410)
  • Trio Mundo Carnaval (Khaeon 200204)
  • Shades Beyond (New Release Steeplechase)
  • Blue To The Bone III (Steeplechase 31524)
  • Changing Times (Steeplechase 31510)
  • 2013—Blue To The Bone IV (Steeplechase)
  • Encontros e Despedidas (polygram Brazil)
  • Hello Nasty (Capitol, CDP7243)
  • Handprints (concord-cjp473)
  • Rhapsody in Blue ( Challenege Records)
  • Zocalo (Savant Label)
  • Imagine (Savant Label)
  • Tabasco (Savant Label)
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