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Slagle, Steve

Slagle, Steve: alto and soprano saxophonist, flutist, and composer, was born in Los Angeles,California Sept 18, 1951, and his family moved to New Jersey when he was 10.

He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a DownBeat scholarship, then moved to New York City in 1977, where he started to work with Machito's Afro-Cuban Orchestra (lead alto), as well as stints with Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Cab Calloway.  His first recordings and tours in Europe were with The Steve Kuhn Quartet, followed by a stint with organist Jack McDuff. After joining the Carla Bley Band in 1981, Steve played with Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. In 1986 he recorded with Milton Nascimento and his band in Rio de Janeiro Brazil (the album "Rio Highlife" named after his composition "Highlife" was released on Atlantic Records in 1986).

Steve became Ray Barretto's musical director in 1988, and then arranger and lead alto saxophonist with the Mingus Big Band in '91. He was nominated for two Grammy's while recording with them. He  then worked with Joe Lovano in various combinations, among them the Nonet's Grammy winner "52nd Street Themes" for Blue Note Records. Steve played and arranged for their second recording live at the Village Vanguard "On This Day" and their next Lovano Nonet project which has just been recorded.

Throughout all of this while developing his own "sound" Steve has been > composing new music and performing with his own groups. He has made > five recordings for the Steeplechase label and "New New York" (2001) for Omnitone Records. Steve's main focus lately has been the critically acclaimed Stryker/Slagle Band which he co-leads with long time partner, guitarist Dave Stryker. They have made several recordings together but the last three have been under the Stryker/Slagle Band name - most recently "Latest Outlook" and "Live At The Jazz Standard" on Zoho Records. JazzTimes magazine calls them " one of today's most inspired two-man teams" .

A member of BMI, Steve's publishing company - Slagle Music - has a long list of original compositions. His sax quartets are published by Advance Music and Mingus Big Band arrangements are published by Hal Leonard as well as currently played by the MBB.

Steve is a long time faculty member at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and is also a clinician and performer worldwide.

As A Leader:
New New York - Omnitone 12005
Plays Monk - SteepleChase 31446
Reincarnation -SteepleChase
Spread the Word -SteepleChase 31354
Steve Slagle Quartet- SteepleChase 31323
Smoke Signals -Panorama 001
High Standards -Polydor Japan
Rio Highlife Atlantic 781657-2
Our Sound Double-Time Records

With The Stryker / Slagle Band:
The Stryker / Slagle Band - Khaeon World Music
Live at the Jazz Standard - Zoho Music
Latest Outlook - Zoho Music

With Dave Stryker:
Full Moon - SteepleChase 31345
Passage-SteepleChase 31330
Strikezone -SteeeleChase 31227
Changing Times - SteepleChase
Nomad  -SteepleChase
Shades of Miles - SteepleChase
Shades Beyond - SteepleChase
Blue to the Bone II- SteepleChase
Blue to the Bone III - SteepleChase
First Strike -Someday 1011
Carnaval - Trio Mundo - Khaeon World Music
Trio Mundo Rides Again -Zoho Music

with Carla Bley
Mortelle Randonne -Mercury
Heavy Heart -Watt-ECM
Carla Bley Live- Watt-ECM
with Steve Kuhn Quartet
Live in Switzerland -Timeless
Non-Fiction -ECM
Mortality -ECM

With Migus Big Band:
Charles Mingus Big Band - Gunslinging Birds Dreyfuss FDM 36575-2
Nostalgia in Times Square - Dreyfuss FDM 36559-2

With Others:
Milton Nascimento -Encontros y Despedidas- Polygram
Charlie Haden -Ballad of the Fallen -ECM
Ray Barretto- Handprints- Concord 4473
Lionel Hampton - Live in Harlem -Timeless CDJSP 133
Dr. John and Ed Blackwell - That's the Way I Feel Now -A&M
John Boe - The Bongo Poet and other Stories About Music

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