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Frank Foster

Frank Foster was a highly influential musician tenor and soprano saxophonist, flautist, arranger, and composer. Foster collaborated frequently with Count Basie and worked as a bandleader from the early 1950s.

Foster contributed both arrangements and original compositions to Count Basie’s band including the standard “Shiny Stockings”, and other popular songs such as “Down for the Count”, “Blues Backstage”, “Back to the Apple”, “Discommotion”, and “Blues in Hoss Flat”, as well as arrangements for the entire Easin’ It album.

In June 1986 Foster succeeded Thad Jones as leader of the Count Basie Orchestra. While leading the Basie Orchestra, Foster received two Grammy Awards: first for his big-band arrangement of the Diane Schuur composition "Deedles’ Blues" (Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal, Jazz category, 1987), and second for his arrangement of guitarist/vocalist George Benson’s composition "Basie’s Bag" (Best Big Band Instrumental, Jazz category, 1988).

After leaving the band in 1995, Foster resumed his leadership of three musical groups: The Non-Electric Company (a jazz quartet/quintet), Swing Plus (a 12-piece band), and The Loud Minority Big Band (an 18-piece concert jazz orchestra), each of which he had organized years prior to assuming leadership of the Basie unit in 1986.

Frank Foster became a great supporter of The Jazz Foundation of America in their mission to save the homes and the lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians including musicians who survived Hurricane Katrina. He supported the cause by performing in their Annual Benefit Concert "A Great Night in Harlem" in 2008.
Count Basie "Shiny Stockings"
Count Basie
Album: April In Paris
Genre: Jazz
Instrumental: Yes
Count Basie Orchestra directed by Frank Foster "Bring On the Raindrops"
Count Basie Orchestra directed by Frank Foster
Album: The Legend, The Legacy
Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie "Shiny Stockings (feat. Ella Fitzgerald)"
Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Album: Ella and Basie!
Genre: Jazz