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Frank Foster


An extremely talented tenor saxophonist and arranger, Frank Foster was from the Count number Basie Orchestra on / off from 1953 to 1995. In early stages, he performed in Detroit numerous talented regional players and, over time in the Military (1951-1953), he became a member of Basie’s big music group. Well presented on tenor during his Basie years (1953-1964), Foster also added plenty of plans and such originals as “Down for the Count number,” “Blues Backstage,” and the typical “Shiny Stockings.” Within the second option fifty percent of the 1960s, Foster was a freelance article writer. Furthermore to using Elvin Jones (1970-1972) and sometimes using the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, he led his Loud Minority big music group. In 1983, Foster co-led a quintet with Frank Wess and he toured European countries with Jimmy Smith in 1985. Although inspired by John Coltrane in his playing, Foster could modify his design when he overran the Count number Basie ghost music group in 1986, revitalizing it and residing at the helm until 1995. Beyond his Basie schedules, Foster led periods for Vogue, Blue Take note (1954 and 1968), Savoy, Argo, Prestige, Mainstream, Denon, Catalyst, Bee Hive, SteepleChase, Pablo, and Concord. Foster experienced a heart stroke in 2001 that avoided him from playing the saxophone, but he continuing to compose and arrange music through the initial decade of the brand new millennium. He passed away in the home in Chesapeake, Virginia in later July 2011; Frank Foster was 82 yrs . old.

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Full Name Frank Foster
Date Of Birth January 22, 1982
Died July 26, 2011, Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education Grand Valley State University
Nationality American
Spouse Ashli Foster
Awards Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals
Music Songs Gettin' Right, Backwoods Babydoll, Old Man in Me, Outlaw Run, Blue Collar Boys, Boots on the Ground, Good Ol' Girl, Cut Off Jeans, Rig & The Road, Southern Man, I-20 Troubadour, Crazy Country Night, Romance in the South, Over Anything, Red Bird, Flyin' Down the Highway, Blow My High, Been Gone, Bringin' My Pole, Against the Wall, Back Road Buzz, Livin' the Dream, Where the Road Gets Rough, About the Beer, I Cried, Dear Heroes, Redneck Rock N' Roll, Real Woman, Rowdy Reputation, Bayou Moon, Outlaw Angel, Good Old Days Are Gone
Albums Rowdy Reputation, Red Wings and Six Strings, Good Country Music, Rhythm and Whiskey, Southern Soul, Boots on the Ground
Movies Thru the Moebius Strip

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