Steve Cole (born 17 August 1966) is an American tenor saxophonist who has released five albums starting in the late 1990s. Most of his albums have been well-received, earning him several awards. He is also a professor/adviser of music business at Columbia College Chicago .
Cole was born in Chicago, Illinois and began to play music at a young age. At first, he trained classically, following in his father's footsteps with the clarinet before switching to the saxophone in high school. While at Northwestern University, he studied classical saxophone before changing his field to economics, eventually earning an MBA from The University of Chicago. After leaving school, Cole returned his focus to music; in particular, jazz.
In a 2003 interview with JazzNation, Cole describes how he started his career: