Frank Foster


Birthday September 23, 1928

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Cincinnati, OH

DEATH DATE Jul 26, 2011 (82)

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Award-winning saxophonist, humanitarian, and leader of Living Color and The Loud Minority. He played often with Count Basie.

Before Fame

He moved to Detroit to play music and ended up drafted into the US Army; he joined Count Basie's band when he was released.


He performed at fundraisers and auctioned off a gold saxophone to benefit the The Jazz Foundation of America.

Family Life

He was married to Cecilia Foster, his wife of forty-five years; they raised six children.

Associated With

He arranged "Mack the Knife" for Frank Sinatra on L.A. Is My Lady.