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- Posted on Jul 27th 2011 5:50PM by Theo Spielberg
David Redfern, Redferns
The tenor and soprano and began his early jazz career at Wilberforce University in Ohio. After serving in the Korean War he returned to the States and joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1953.
He eventually departed Basie's group in 1970 to strike out as a bandleader himself. Foster was also a gifted jazz educator at both high school and collegiate levels teaching at Queen's College and in the New York City public school system.
In 2001, he suffered a stroke which rendered him incapable of playing music any longer, though he continued to be an active arranger and composer. In 2002, Foster was awarded the Jazz Masters Fellowship by the by the National Endowment for the Arts.