Herman Foster
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HERMAN FOSTER
(April 26, 1928 - April 3, 1999)

Jazz pianist Herman Foster Jr. was born in Philadelphia PA, on April 26, 1928 to Mr. Herman Foster and Mrs. Martha Foster. He was the eldest son of ten children. He began his musical career before the age of ten playing the violin, clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He became a self taught pianist which lends to his truly original, distinguished, earthy sound. The family moved to New York City in 1947 where he began to attend jam sessions. He met saxophonist Eric Dixon who got him jobs in Staten Island with him and Dick Carter, also playing in the big band led by Herb Jones. That is where he developed as an arranger and composer. A few years later he met Lou Donaldson, the most important influence in his life.
In the mid 50's Herman became an almost permanent member of Donaldson's group performing with him on many Blue Note albums and touring with him all over the world including Africa in 1981. Herman also cut several albums under his own name. He performed nationally and internationally with artists such as King Curtis, Johnny Hartman, Gloria Lynn, and many many others. He has been referred to as the dean of accompanists.

They call him "THE ONE AND ONLY."

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Photos provided by Rafael D’Lugoff (Village Gate, NYC)