“Best known for his work in the Count Basie Orchestra (and as the composer of the Count Basie hit, “Shiny Stockings”), saxophone player Frank Foster was an extremely successful composer. He created a large body of work for jazz, including works contributed to albums by singers Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, and a commissioned work for the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid Suite, written for jazz orchestra. In the 1970s, Foster played with contemporary musicians such as Elvin Jones, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell and began expanding his compositions. He led his own band, the Loud Minority, until 1986 when he assumed leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra from Thad Jones. In addition to performing, Foster has also served as a musical consultant in the New York City public schools and taught at Queens College and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Foster is the recipient of two Grammy Awards.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Foster in June of 2010. I was even able to sit in on a rehearsal with his community band and take a solo on his famous tune Shiny Stockings. Mr. Foster was a jewel, a lovely man with a lovely personality. He will never be forgotten for his dynamic contributions to music.