Saxophonist and composer Steve Slagle lives in New York City. He has released twelve CDs as a leader and performed on countless others. His many original compositions are published worldwide by BMI and his arrangements for Mingus Big Band are published internationally by Hal Leonard Publishing.
He has played with Stevie Wonder, Machito’s Afro-Cuban Orchestra, Steve Kuhn, Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Brazil’s Milton Nascimento and band, Carla Bley Orchestra, Ray Barretto, and Joe Lovano to name a few.
Steve was musical director of the Mingus Big Band for many years and wrote many of the band’s arrangements, as well as for Joe Lovano’s Nonet. Steve has received two Grammy awards for recordings with each of those groups and continues his association with them.
He is the co-leader of the Stryker/Slagle Band with guitarist Dave Stryker, touring and recording worldwide.
Steve’s first book on composition and improvisation, Scenes, Songs and Solos (Schaffner Press), was released in 2012. It points his direction for young players as well as containing many of his compositions and ideas on music.
Steve’s first recording as a leader was on Japan’s Polydor Label. He continues that relationship as an endorser of Yanagisawa saxophones from Japan, as well as being a long-time endorser of Vandoren Reeds (Paris, France)
Steve Slagle’s newest recording, Evensong, with Dave Stryker, Ed Howard, and drummer Mclenty Hunter (Panorama International Records), received great reviews and is available on CDBABY.
A member of the Jazz Arts faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1991, Steve Slagle is also a worldwide music clinician.