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Frank Foster Big Band

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New York Musicians Festival, 1972 – 32:03
  • Kenny Rogers – baritone sax
  • Bob Ralston – tenor sax
  • Lawrence Ramsey – alto sax
  • John Stubblefield – tenor sax
  • Bill Davis – tuba
  • Dick Griffin – bass trombone
  • Kiane Zawadi – trombone
  • Desson Holmes – trombone
  • Artie Simmons – trombone
  • Ghengis Nor – trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Leslie Ford – trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Charles McGhee – trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Cyrille Green – trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Sinclair Acey – trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Hakim Jami – bass
  • Hilton Ruiz – piano

A performer for over fifty years, Frank Foster performed with the biggest names of 20th Century American jazz and pop: Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvin Jones, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Roland Kirk, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins and hundreds of others from the 1940’s to the new century.

At the end of this recording, Frank Foster says, “We’d like to thank you all very much. It’s about an hour past closing time so we gonna say goodnight. We’ve enjoyed playing. I’d like to introduce you to the fellas as they sort of pack up…. I’ve been told I’d better stop!” After which he introduces his band. The only name we cannot hear is of the trombonist “? Holmes.”