Fresh off about the recent release of his first ever vocal single "Why" to Pop Contemporary radio stations nationwide, multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Oliver is set to open for legendary six time Grammy winning saxophonist David Sanborn Thursday, April 7 at the historic Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL.
Oliver, whose upcoming all-vocal album Pictures and Frames follows a decade and a half of #1 Billboard Jazz Instrumental hits, will performing his dynamic trademark "one man band" show that he has done at hundreds of venues and festivals throughout the world as well as on multiple contemporary jazz cruises.
As he chronicled on his popular 2008 CD/5.1 Surround Sound DVD package One Night Live, Oliver will showcase a wild array of sonic delights that include soulful lead vocals, snappy guitar lines, exotic vocal percussion excursions, playful "vocalese" and wonderworking with his synth guitar and pedals.
Oliver has always sprinkled a few pop/R&B vocals into his instrumental albums -- but "Why" and many of the other tracks on the album mark a deeper emergence as an observational, socially conscious songwriter.
Recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, the John Mayer, Sting and Steely Dan influenced Pictures and Frames the all star rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (whose 2,000 studio sessions include multiple albums with James Taylor, Phil Collins and Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, known for his work with Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton and Herbie Hancock, among hundreds of others.
In his three-and-a-half decade career, David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Considered the most influential saxophonist and pop R&B and crossover players of the past 20 years, he continues to be one of contemporary jazz's most active touring musicians.