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Guide to the Frank Foster Papers, 1930-2009 and undated, bulk 1950s-2009

Abstract

Frank B. Foster III is a saxophonist, flautist, big band leader, educator, and Grammy Award-winning jazz composer and arranger, professionally active in music since the 1940s.

The Frank Foster Papers consist chiefly of scores and parts composed or arranged by Foster for big bands and other large jazz ensembles from the 1950s through 2009. Also present are personal files consisting of correspondence, photographs, business records, publicity, reviews, and news clippings; and subject files on musical collaborations, music teaching, organizations and individuals, and family history.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Foster, Frank, b. 1928.
Title
Frank Foster papers 1930-2009 and undated, bulk 1950s-2009
Language of Material
English
Extent
59.0 Linear Feet, Approximately 2,050 items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Frank Foster Papers span the dates 1930 to 2009, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1950s to 2009. The papers consist chiefly of scores and parts composed or arranged by Foster for big bands and other large jazz ensembles, including works written for the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1950s-1960s and again in the 1980s-1990s, as well as works for The Loud Minority, and numerous other bands and organizations for which Foster was commissioned to compose. The collection is arranged in the following series: Compositions by Frank Foster, Compositions by Others, Personal Files, and Audio and Moving Image Materials. The compositions series are organized into Letter-Sized, Legal-Sized and Oversized subseries. The personal files consist of autobiographical writings, correspondence, photographs, business records, publicity, reviews, and news clippings; and subject files on musical collaborations, music teaching, organizations and individuals, and family history. Audio and moving image materials are primarily concert recordings featuring Foster from the 1970s through the 1990s. Acquired as part of the Jazz Archive at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Consists of manuscript scores and instrumental parts for works composed and arranged by Frank Foster, arranged into three subseries: Letter-Sized Materials, Legal-Sized Materials, and Oversized Materials. Within each subseries, manuscripts are organized alphabetically by title, where different versions and copies of the same composition are grouped together. Many manuscripts are undated. Collection includes hand-written manuscripts, photocopies, and manuscripts produced on a laser printer. Incomplete manuscripts, unidentified pages and fragments are filed in a separate group at the end of the Compositions by Others series.

Many scores and parts are unbound; please handle carefully and keep pages in their original order.

An' All Such Stuff As Dat. 1985
Box 1
Arden Park (Motor City Memories, 2nd movement), 2003
Box 1
Back To The Apple, undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
Bass In Yo' Face, 1995
Box 1
The Battle We Wage, 2006
(2 folders)
Box 1
Billion Dollar Bill, 2007
(3 folders)
Box 1
Blues In Frankie's (Hoss') Flat, 1958, 1986, undated
(4 folders)
Box 1
Bob's Ransom, 2008
Box 1
Booze Brothers, 1989, undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Bottom Line (Placid Moments), undated
Box 1
Bring On Th' Raindrops, undated
Box 1
The Bronzed Buckeye, 2009
(2 folders)
Box 1
Brotherly Shove, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Cecilia Is Love, 1971, 2008
(4 folders)
Box 2
The Charltonian Mode, 1995
Box 2
Chiquito Loco, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Chi-Town Is My Town, 2009
Box 2
Cidade Alta, 1997
Box 2
Clanks, 1994, 1997, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Come On In, 1992, 1995, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Come On In, 1992, 1995, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Crude Chromaticism, undated
Box 3
Dance On, Frankie Manning, 2009
Box 3
Dayspring, 1978, 1979, 1996, undated
(4 folders)
Box 3
Dayspring (continued), 1978, 1979, 1996, undated
(4 folders)
Box 3
Derricksterity, 1997
Box 3
Didn' You, 1956, 1956/1984, 2003
(2 folders)
Box 3
Discommotion, 1962, 1994, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Discommotion, 1962, 1994, undated
(3 folders)
Box 4
Down For The Count, 1954, 1982, 1994
Box 4
Easin' it, 1960, undated
(3 folders)
Box 4
Esta Noche, 2002
Box 4
Flute Of The Room, 1992, undated
(2 folders)
Box 4
For All Intents and Purposes, undated
Box 4
Forrest Fire, undated
Box 4
Fos Alarm, 2010
Box 4
Four Five Six, 1994, 1960, undated
(2 folders)
Box 5
Fresh Taste Of Blues, 1996
Box 5
Gone [Go'n] An' Git It Y'all, 1989
(3 folders)
Box 5
Gotta' Find A Way, 1996, 2002
(2 folders)
Box 5
Gray Thursday, 1996
Box 5
The Hampton Strut, 1992
Box 5
The Heat Of Winter, 1985, undated
(2 folders)
Box 5
House That Love Built, undated
Box 5
I'm Outta Here, 2008
(2 folders)
Box 5
I Love You Based on Your Availability, 2008
(3 folders)
Box 5
Insiders Report, 2010
(3 folders)
Box 6
It's All About My Jesus, 2009
Box 6
The Jacoby Jump, 2008
(2 folders)
Box 6
Jammin' At The Bluebird Inn, 2003, undated
(2 folders)
Box 6
Janie Huk, undated
(2 folders)
Box 6
John R. And Garfield, 1994, 2002, undated
(4 folders)
Box 6
Karmageddon, undated
Box 6
Katherine The Great, 1989, undated
(4 folders)
Box 6
King Character, 2002
(3 folders)
Box 6
Lady Carolyn, 1987, 1989
(1 folder)
Box 6
Lady Carolyn, 1987, 1989
(4 folders)
Box 7
The Lady Is A Trip, 2008
Box 7
Leo Rising, undated
(3 folders)
Box 7
Little Chicago Fire, 1987, 1994
(5 folders)
Box 7
Lord Of Might, 2002
Box 7
Love Handles, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 7
Lover, undated
Box 7
Major Butts, 1992, undated
(3 folders)
Box 8
Manhattan Fever, undated
Box 8
The Niagara Suite, 1st movement, "The Spirit of John Brown", 2006
(2 folders)
Box 8
The Niagara Suite, 2nd movement, "Conference Time", 2006, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
North End Blues, 2003, undated
(3 folders)
Box 8
Ode To Joe Newman, 1986, 1992, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
Placid Moments, 2000
Box 8
The Precious Blood Of The Saviour, 2006
(2 folders)
Box 8
Ready Now That You Are, G. B., 1987, 1989, undated
(4 folders)
Box 8
Romance Without Sub-Stance, 2008
Box 9
The Scene Was Mean (Motor City Memories, 1st movement), 2003
Box 9
Sean's Jones Comes Down, 2004, undated
(3 folders)
Box 9
Shihtsu-Mon (The Question), Japanese Suite, 1st movement, 1994, undated
(2 folders)
Box 9
Shiny Stockings, 1955, 1983, 1987
(5 folders)
Box 9
Simone, 1971, 1994
(2 folders)
Box 9
Simone, 1971, 1994
(2 folders)
Box 10
Skull-Doug-Ery, 1995, 1999
Box 10
Someone Is Rocking My Jazzboat, undated
(2 folders)
Box 10
Song Of The Vanquished (Lake Placid Suite Part 3, Section 1), 1982, undated
Box 10
State Of The Art Swing, 1988, 1989
Box 10
Tahn-Kyu [Tan-Kyu] (The Search), 1994
(2 folders)
Box 10
Tenors In Heat, undated
Box 10
That's The Kind Of Love, undated
Box 10
Thru' An' Thru' Wit' Freddy Fru (Motor City Memories, 3rd movement), 2003
Box 10
Thruway Traffic, 1971, undated
(2 folders)
Box 10
Time Constraints Be Damned, 2004, 2006
(2 folders)
Box 10
Time Constraints Be Damned, 2004, 2006
(3 folders)
Box 11
Tomorrow's Blues Today, 1965, 1993, undated
(4 folders)
Box 11
Transition, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 11
Updown Recollections, undated
Box 11
Victorious Blues, undated
(2 folders)
Box 11
Viva Terrassa, 2004
Box 11
We Be Jammin', 1989
Box 11
Well Water, undated
Box 11
Where Nations Meet (Lake Placid Suite, Part 1), undated
Box 11
Who, Me?, 1960, 1988
Box 12
Winners, 1978, 1988, undated
(5 folders)
Box 12
Yeah, Right, 2005, undated
(3 folders)
Box 12
Yo Recuerdo A Mi Hermano Tito, 2005, 2006
(2 folders)
Box 12
You Got It, 1994, undated
(4 folders)
Box 12
Cecilia Is Love, undated
Box 45
Ceaseless Blues, undated
Box 45
Easin' It, 1996
Box 45
Four Five Six, undated
Box 45
A Fresh Taste Of Blues, undated
(2 folders)
Box 45
Gotta' Find A Way (To Meet Up With Th' Lord), undated
Box 45
Here's To Love Again, Lyrics by William Toran, 1979
Box 45
Hip Shakin', undated
Box 45
How I Spent The Night, undated
Box 45
Jammin' At The Bluebird Inn (Motor City Memories, 2nd movement, Finale), 2003
Box 45
Just One Of Those Things, undated
Box 45
Katherine The Great, undated
Box 45
How I Spent The Night, undated
Box 45
Legends of Jazz, 1997
Box 45
Mirror Lake, undated
Box 46
Ode To Joe Newman, undated
(2 folders)
Box 46
One Frank On A Roll, undated
Box 46
Papa Fos', Composed by Frank Foster and Danny Mixon, undated
Box 46
Placid Moments (Lake Placid Suite, Part 3, Section 2), undated
Box 46
The Rare Butterfly, undated
Box 46
Shihtsu-Mon (The Question), Japanese Suite, 1st movement, 1994
Box 46
Shiny Stockings, undated
Box 46
Simone, undated
(2 folders)
Box 46
Someone's Rocking My Jazzboat,undated
(2 folders)
Box 46
Song of the Vanquished (Lake Placid Suite, Part 3, Section 1), undated
Box 47
Sugar Hill Slalom (Lake Placid Suite, Part 7), undated
Box 47
Theme In Search Of A Love Scene, undated
(4 folders)
Box 47
Uptown Recollections, undated
Box 47
We Be Jammin' (Count Basie Remembrance Suite, Part 1), 1989
Box 47
Well Water, undated
Box 47
Where Nations Meet (Lake Placid Suite, Part 1), undated
Box 47
Whiteface Mountain (Lake Placid Suite, Part 3), undated
Box 47
Yes Lord I'm A Sinner, undated
Box 47
Arden Park (Motor City Memories, 2nd movement), 2002
Box 14
Baby Ann, undated
Box 14
Back To The Apple, undated
(2 copies)
Box 14
Bass In Yo' Face, 1992
(2 copies)
Box 14
Blues In Frankie's Flat, undated
(2 copies)
Box 14
Booze Brothers, 1987, 1988, undated
(3 copies)
Box 14
Brotherly Shove, 1992, undated
Box 14
Cecilia Is Love, 1990, undated
(5 copies)
Box 14
Cidade Alta, 1997, undated
(2 copies)
Box 15
Clean Heart Right Spirit, undated
(2 copies)
Box 15
Come On In, 1993
(3 copies)
Box 15
Crude Chromaticism, undated
Box 15
Dayspring, 1988
(2 copies)
Box 16
Derricksterity, 1995, undated
(2 copies)
Box 16
Discommotion, undated
(2 copies)
Box 16
Down For The Count, undated
(2 copies)
Box 16
Easin' It, undated
(3 copies)
Box 16
Flute Of The Room, 1991
(3 copies)
Box 17
Four, Five, Six, undated
Box 17
A Fresh Taste Of Blues, undated
(4 copies)
Box 17
Gotta' Find A Way To Meet Up Wit' Th' Lord, undated
Box 17
The Hampton Strut, undated
Box 17
Hip Shakin', 1993
(4 copies)
Box 17
How I Spent The Night, 1991
Box 18
I Wanna Be Pure, undated
Box 18
Jean Marie, 1977
Box 18
Katherine The Great, undated
(2 copies)
Box 18
Lady Carolyn (Count Basie Remembrance Suite, Part 2), 1988
(3 copies)
Box 18
Leo Rising, undated
Box 19
Little Chicago Fire, 1991, undated
(3 copies)
Box 19
The Loud Minority, 1976
Box 19
Love Handles, 1996
(2 copies)
Box 19
Major Butts, undated
(3 copies)
Box 20
Manhattan Fever, 1968
Box 20
Mirror Lake, undated
(2 copies)
Box 20
Misunderstood Blues, undated
Box 20
Ode To Joe Newman, 1992
(3 copies)
Box 20
Old Games, New Faces (Lake Placid Suite, Part 4), undated
(2 folders)
Box 21
One Frank On A Roll, undated
Box 21
Papa Fos', undated
(2 copies)
Box 21
Placid Moments (Lake Placid Suite, Part 3, Section 2), 1980, 1991
(2 folders)
Box 21
The Rare Butterfly, 1959, 1994
Box 21
Ready Now That You Are, G. B., 1989, undated
(6 copies)
Box 22
Requiem For Dusty, undated
Box 22
The Scene Was Mean (Motor City Memories, 1st movement), 2002
Box 22
Shadowland, undated
Box 22
Shiny Stockings, 1983, undated
(2 folders)
Box 22
Skull-Doug-Ery, 1993
Box 23
Someone Is Rocking My Jazzboat, undated
Box 23
Song Of The Vanquished (Lake Placid Suite, Part 3, Section 1), undated
Box 23
Square-Ass Key Date Boogie, 1992
Box 23
State Of The Art Swing (Count Basie Remembrance Suite, Part 3), 1989
(2 copies)
Box 23
Sugar Hill Slalom (Lake Placid Suite, Part 7), 1980, 1991, undated
(3 copies)
Box 23
Tahn-Kyu (The Search), 1992
Box 23
Tenors In Heat, 1988, 1990
(2 copies)
Box 24
That's The Kind Of Love (I'm Talking About), 1991
(3 copies)
Box 24
Theme In Search Of A Love Scene, undated
(3 copies)
Box 24
There'll Be a Time, undated
Box 24
Victorious Blues, 1980, 1986
Box 24
We Be Jammin' (Count Basie Remembrance Suite, Part 1), 1968, 1989
(2 copies)
Box 24
Well Water, undated
Box 24
Where Nations Meet (Lake Placid Suite, Part 1), undated
Box 24
White Face Mountain (Lake Placid Suite, Part 3), 1980
Box 36
Who, Me? undated
(2 copies)
Box 36
Winners, 1992
(2 copies)
Box 36
Yes Lord I'm A Sinner (The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord), 1992
Box 36
You Got It, undated
(3 copies)
Box 36

Foster's arrangements of compositions by Count Basie, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, George Gershwin, Antonio Jobim, Thelonious Monk, and many others. Compositions are arranged in four subseries: Letter-Sized Materials, Legal-Sized Materials, Oversized Materials, and Miscellaneous Manuscripts, which includes manuscript fragments of compositions by Foster, by others, and of unknown authorship. Within each subseries, manuscripts are organized alphabetically by title, where different versions and copies of the same composition are grouped together. Many manuscripts are undated. Collection includes hand-written manuscripts, photocopies, and manuscripts produced on a laser printer. Many are unbound; please handle carefully and keep pages in their original order.

61st and Richit. Jones, Thad, undated
Box 13
Airegin. Rollins, (Walter Theodore) Sonny, undated
Box 13
Alligator Boogaloo. Donaldson, Lou, undated
Box 13
Almost Like Being In Love. Loewe, Frederick. Lyrics by Alan Lay Lerner, undated
Box 13
Autumn In New York. Duke, Vernon, undated
Box 13
Autumn Leaves. Kosma, Joseph. Lyrics by Jacques Prévert (English words by Johnny Mercer), undated
(2 folders)
Box 13
Back To The Apple. Basie, William Count, and Frank Foster, undated
Box 13
Basie Excerpt No. 2 , "Corner Pocket". Green, Freddie, 2004
Box 13
Basie Excerpt No. 4, "Lil' Darlin'". Hefti, Neal, 2004
(2 folders)
Box 13
Blue In Green. Evans, Bill, undated
Box 13
Blue Sunday. Talley, Gary, undated
Box 13
Body and Soul. Green, Johnny. Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, and Frank Eyton undated
Box 13
Brilliant Corners. Monk, Thelonious Sphere, undated
Box 13
Ceora. Morgan, Lee, undated
Box 13
Chega Da Saudade (No More Blues). Jobim, Antonio Carlos. Lyrics by Moraes, M. Vinicius, Jessie Cavanaugh, and Jon (John Carl) Hendricks, 1962, 1967
(2 folders)
Box 13
Chelsea Bridge. Strayhorn, Billy, 1941, 1942
(2 folders)
Box 13
The Christmas Song. Tormé, Melvin Howard. Lyrics by Robert Wells, undated
Box 13
Con Alma. Gillespie, John Birks Dizzy, undated
Box 13
The Count. Griffin, Johnny,1990
Box 13
Dark Shadows. Cobert, Robert. Arranged by Ernie Andrews, undated
(2 folders)
Box 13
Dolphin Dance. Hancock, Herbie, undated
Box 13
The End Of A Love Affair. Redding, Edward, undated
Box 13
Epistrophy. Monk, Thelonious, and Kenny Clarke. Lyrics by Kenneth S. Clark, and Cootie Williams, undated
Box 13
Feelin' No Evil. Stubblefield, Clyde, undated
Box 13
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum. Shorter, Wayne. Lyrics by Patricia Beysens, undated
Box 13
Firm Roots. Walton, Cedar, undated
(2 folders)
Box 13
Firm Roots. Walton, Cedar, undated
(1 folders)
Box 40
For My Lady. Thompson, Gerald, undated
Box 40
Fostradamus. Gardner, Derrick, undated
Box 40
Giant Steps. Coltrane, John, undated
Box 40
The Girl from Ipanema. Jobim, Antonio Carlos. Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes (English words by Norman Gimbel), undated
(2 folders)
Box 40
A Handful Of Stars. Shapiro, Ted. Lyrics by Jack Lawrence, undated
Box 40
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Martin, Hugh. Lyrics by Ralph Blane, undated
Box 40
Here's That Rainy Day. Van Heusen, Jimmy. Lyrics by Johnny Burke, undated
Box 40
How Great Thou Art. Undated
Box 40
How Insensitive. Jobim, Antônio Carlos. Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes, 1963/1964, 1964, undated
(3 folders)
Box 40
If I Should Lose You. Rainger, Ralph. Lyrics by Leo Robin, undated
(2 folders)
Box 40
I'll Close My Eyes. Reid, Billy. Lyrics by Buddy Kaye, undated
Box 40
Impressions. Coltrane, John, undated
Box 40
In A Mello[w] Tone. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Lyrics by Gabler Milt, undated
(2 folders)
Box 40
In A Sentimental Mood. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke, undated
Box 41
Invitation. Kaper, Bronislau, undated
Box 41
It Don't Mean A Thing. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Lyrics by Irving Mills, undated
Box 41
It's Only A Paper Moon. Arlen, Harold, and E. Y. Harburg. Lyrics by Billy Rose, undated
Box 41
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face. Loewe, Frederick. Lyrics by Alan Lay Lerner, undated
(2 folders)
Box 41
Jeannine. Pearson, Duke, 1960
Box 41
Joy To The World. Handel, George Frideric, 1981
Box 41
Just Friends. Klenner, John. Lyrics by Samuel M. Lewis, undated
(2 folders)
Box 41
Kiss and Run. Ledru, Jack. Lyrics by René Denoncin, undated
Box 41
Lady Bird. Dameron, Tadd (Tadley Ewing Peake), undated
Box 41
Lazy Bird. Coltrane, John, undated
Box 41
Let The Good Times Roll. Jordan, Louis, undated
Box 41
Lightly Stroking. Undated
Box 41
Lotus Blossom. Strayhorn, Billy, undated
(3 folders)
Box 41
Love At Sundown. Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty The King, undated
(3 folders)
Box 41
Love Walked In. Gershwin, George. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, undated
Box 42
Lover Come Back To Me. Romberg, Sigmund. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, undated
Box 42
Magic Beams. Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty The King, undated
Box 42
Mambo Inn. Bauza, Mario, undated
Box 42
Mean What You Say. Jones, Thad, undated
Box 42
The Moment Of Truth. Satterwhite, Collen Gray. Lyrics by Frank Scott, undated
Box 42
Moonlight In Vermont. Suessdorf, Karl. Lyrics by John M. Blackburn, undated
(4 folders)
Box 42
More Than You Know. Youmans, Vincent (Coleman, Earl). Lyrics by Edward Eliscu, and Billy Rose, undated
Box 42
My Funny Valentine. Rogers, Richard. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, undated
Box 42
My One And Only Love. Wood, Guy. Lyrics by Robert Mellin, undated
(2 folders)
Box 42
Naima. Coltrane, John, undated
Box 42
Nefertiti. Shorter, Wayne, 1968
Box 42
The Onliest. Hurst, Robert (Byrd, Donald), 1987
Box 42
Perdido. Tizol, Juan. Lyrics by Erwin M. Drake, and Hans van Lengsfelder, undated
(2 folders)
Box 42
Ruby My Dear. Monk, Thelonious, 1992 and undated
Box 42
Scandia Skies. Dorham, Kenny, undated
Box 42
The Shadow Of Your Smile. Mandel, Jonny. Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, undated
Box 42
Shorty George. Basie, William Count, and Andy Gibson, undated
Box 42
Sleigh Ride. Anderson, Leroy. Lyrics by Mitchell Parish, undated
Box 43
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Kern, Jerome. Lyrics by Otto Harbach, undated
(2 folders)
Box 43
Soon. Gershwin, George. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, undated
(2 folders)
Box 43
Sophisticated Lady. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Lyrics by Irving Mills, and Mitchell Parish, undated
(2 folders)
Box 43
Soul Eyes. Wadron, Malcolm E., undated
Box 43
Stablemates. Golson, Benny,1954
Box 43
Stardust. Carmichael, Hoagy. Lyrics by Mitchell Parish, 1928, 1929, 1930
Box 43
Stars Fell On Alabama. Perkins, Frank E. Lyrics by Mitchell Parish, undated
Box 43
Step Into My Dream. Taylor, Billy, undated
Box 43
Steppin' Wit' Ganz. McKinney, Carlos, undated
Box 43
Straighten Up And Fly Right. Cole, Nat King, and Irving Mills. Lyrics by Nat King Cole, and Irving Mills, 1944, 1973
Box 43
Street Of Dreams. Lewis, Sam, and Victor Young,
Box 43
Swingle Jingle Bells. Traditional Christmas Carol, undated
Box 43
Take The "A" Train. Strayhorn, Billy, 1941
Box 43
There'll Be A Time. Jones, David L., 2006
Box 43
This Can't Be Love. Rodgers, Richard. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, undated
Box 43
A Time For Love. Mandel, Johnny. Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, undated
Box 43
Tin Tin Deo. Gillespie, John Birks Dizzy, undated
Box 43
Tis Autumn. Nemo, Henry, undated
Box 44
To You. Jones, Thad. 1961, 1981
Box 44
Tones For Joan's Bones. Corea, Chick, undated
Box 44
Weekend. Dameron, Tadd. Lyrics by Irving Reid, undated
Box 44
What A Woderful World. George, Douglas, Robert Thiele, and George D. Weiss. Lyrics by Douglas George, Robert Thiele, and George D. Weiss, 1967
Box 44
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Loesser, Frank, undated
Box 44
What's New? Haggart, Robert. Lyrics by Johnny Burke, 1939, undated
(2 folders)
Box 44
When Your Lover Has Gone. Swan, E. A., undated
Box 44
Where Or When. Rodgers, Richard. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, undated
Box 44
Young And Foolish. Hague, Albert. Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt, undated
(2 folders)
Box 44
You're A Joy. Dameron, Tadd, 2004, undated
(2 folders)
Box 44
You've Changed. Fischer, Carl. Lyrics by Bill Carey, undated
(4 folders)
Box 44
Zec. Jones, Thad, undated
Box 44
After You've Gone. Layton, Turner. Lyrics by Henry Creamer, undated
Box 48
All Is Fair In Love. Wonder, Stevie, undated
(2 folders)
Box 48
Atlantic City. Undated
Box 48
Blue On Blue. Undated
Box 48
Blues Medley. Undated
Box 48
Broadway. Undated
Box 48
Brushes And Brass. Undated
Box 48
Caravan. Tizol, Juan, Undated
Box 48
A Child Is Born. Jones, Thad. Lyrics by Alec (Lafayette Chew) Wilder, undated
Box 48
Close To You. Bachrach, Burt, and Hal David, undated
(2 folders)
Box 49
Dat Dere. Brown, Oscar, undated
Box 49
Dear John. Hubbard, Freddie, undated
Box 49
Ellington Medley. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke, et al., undated
Box 49
The End Of A Love Affair. Redding, Edward, undated
Box 49
Falling In Love Is Wonderful. Berlin, Irving, arranged by Bob Ojeda, undated
Box 49
Far From Over. Undated
Box 49
Fas' Livin' Blues. Hendricks, Jon, undated
Box 49
The Finer Things In Life. Hendricks, Jon, undated
Box 49
For My Lady. Thielemans, Jean Toots, undated
(2 folders)
Box 49
Giant Steps. Coltrane, John, undated
Box 50
Groovin' High. Gillespie, John Birks Dizzy, undated
(2 folders)
Box 50
Half As Much. Peak, Curley Williams, undated
Box 50
Hava Nagila. Traditional, undated
Box 50
Here's That Rainy Day. Van Heusen, Jimmy. Lyrics by Johnny Burke, undated
Box 50
Hey Good Lookin'. Williams, Hank, undated
Box 50
How Deep Is The Ocean. Berlin, Irving, undated
(2 folders)
Box 50
How Insensitive. Jobim, Antônio Carlos. Lyrics by Moraes de Vinicius, undated
Box 50
I Don't Care. Marrs, Stella, undated
Box 50
I Wish You Love. Chauliac, Léo. Lyrics by Charles Trenet and Albert A. Beach, undated
Box 50
If I Should Lose You. Rainger, Ralph. Lyrics by Leo Robin, undated
Box 50
In A Mello[w] Tone. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Lyrics by Gabler Milt, undated
Box 50
Invitation. Kaper, Bronislau, undated
Box 50
It Don't Mean A Thing. Ellington, Edward Kenney Duke. Lyrics by Irving Mills, undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
It Only Happens Every Time. Composed and Arranged by Thad Jones, 1969, 1973
Box 51
I'll Never Be The Same. Malneck, Matt and Frank Signorelli. Lyrics by Gus Kahn, undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face. Loewe, Frederick. Lyrics by Alan Lay Lerner, undated
Box 51
Jean Marie. Matthews, Ronnie, undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
Joy Spring. Brown, Clifford, undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
Ko-Ko. Parker, Charlie, 1999
Box 52
Long Ago (and Far Away). Kern, Jerome D. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, undated
Box 52
Love For Sale. Porter, Cole, undated
Box 52
Moanin' The Blues. Williams, Hank, undated
Box 52
"My Fair Lady" Medley. Loewe, Frederick. Lyrics by Alan Lay Lerner, undated
(2 folders)
Box 52
Newborn. Mixon, Danny, undated
Box 52
[On] Green Dolphin Street. Kaper, Bronislau. Lyrics by Ned Washington, undated
Box 52
Out Of Nowhere. Green, Johnny. Lyrics by Edward Heyman, undated
Box 52
Pensive Miss. Composed and Arranged by Neal Hefti, undated
Box 52
Samba Do Brilho. Vergueiro, Guilherme, undated
Box 53
Secret Love. Undated
Box 53
Shorty George. Basie, William Count, and Andy Gibson, undated
Box 53
Scandia Skies. Dorham, Kenny, undated
Box 53
Sentimental Journey. Brown, Les, and Ben Homer. Lyrics by Bud Green, undated
Box 53
Somethin' 'Bout Believin'. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke, undated
Box 53
Sophisticated Lady. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Lyrics by Irving Mills, and Mitchell Paris, undated
(2 folders)
Box 53
Stars Fell On Alabama. Perkins, Frank E. Lyrics by Mitchell Parish, undated
Box 53
Stops-And-Goes. Hendricks, Jon, undated
Box 53
Street Of Dreams. Warren, Harry. Lyrics by Al Dubin, undated
Box 53
Summer Frost. Undated
Box 53
Thanks Absolutely. Hendricks, Jon, undated
Box 54
Trying To Drink The Blues Away. Undated
Box 54
Walkin' My Baby Back Home. Ahlert, Fred E. Lyrics by Roy Turk, undated
Box 54
Waltz Medley No. 1, "Falling In Love With Love" and "I'll Take Romance". Rodgers, Richard et al., undated
Box 54
What Would You Do. Undated
Box 54
Young And Foolish. Hague, Albert. Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt, undated
Box 54
You've Changed. Fischer, Carl. Lyrics by Bill Carey, undated
Box 54
After You've Gone. Layton, Turner. Lyrics by Henry Creamer, undated
(2 copies)
Box 25
All Is Fair In Love. Wonder, Stevie, undated
Box 25
All The Things You Are. Kern, Jerome. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, undated
Box 25
Alright O.K. You Win. Watts, Mayme, and Sid Wyche, 1992
Box 25
Angel Eyes. Dennis, Matt. Lyrics by Earl K. Brent, undated
(3 copies)
Box 25
Basie 2004 Excerpt No. 1, "Basie". Basie, William Count, 2004
(2 copies)
Box 25
Basie 2004 Excerpt No. 2, "Corner Pocket". Green, Freddie, 2004
Box 25
Basie 2004 Excerpt No. 4, "Lil' Darlin'". Hefti, Neal, 2004
Box 25
Basie In Mind. Scott, Shirley, undated
Box 25
Beyond The Sea. Trenet, Charles. Lyrics by George Benson, and Jack Lawrence, undated
Box 25
Blues Medley, "Sweet Little Angel" and "It's My Own Fault". 1991
Box 25
Bright Moments. Kirk, Rahsaan Roland, undated
Box 25
A Child Is Born. Jones, Thad. Lyrics by Alec (Lafayette Chew) Wilder, 1979
Box 25
Close To You. Bachrach, Burt, and Hal David, 1987
Box 25
Counterblocking. Composed and Arranged by Thad Jones, undated
Box 25
Dear John. Williams, Hank, 1993
Box 25
Ellington Overture. Strayhorn, Billy, et al., 1977
Box 25
Ellington Medley, "Satin Doll", "Sophisticated Lady" and "Take The 'A' Train". Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke, et al., 1983
Box 55
The End of a Love Affair. Redding, Edward, 1992
(4 copies)
Box 55
A Fine Romance. Kern, Jerome D. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, 1988
Box 55
Firm Roots. Walton, Cedar, 1988
(3 copies)
Box 55
Five For Max. Undated
Box 55
Fly by Night. Tull, Jethro, and Ian Anderson, 1969
Box 55
For My Lady. Thielemans, Jean Toots, 1992
(2 folders)
Box 55
Giant Steps. Coltrane, John, 1991, undated
(2 folders)
Box 56
Hava Nagila. Traditional, 1988
Box 56
Have You Met Miss Jones. Rodgers, Richard. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, 1991
Box 56
Here's That Rainy Day. Van Heusen, Jimmy. Lyrics by Johnny Burke,1992
(3 copies)
Box 56
Hey Good Lookin'. Williams, Hank, 1993
Box 56
Hills Of The North Rejoice (The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord). Darwall, John. Lyrics by Charles Oakley, undated
(2 copies)
Box 26
How Deep Is The Ocean. Berlin, Irving, 1993
Box 26
How Insensitive. Jobim, Antônio Carlos. Lyrics by Moraes de Vinicius, 1993
(2 folders)
Box 26
I Don't Care. Marrs, Stella, undated
Box 26
If I Should Lose You. Rainger, Ralph. Lyrics by Leo Robin, 1990
(2 copies)
Box 26
If This Isn't Love (Sarah Vaughan Tribute Opening). Lane, Burton. Lyrics E. Y. Harburg, undated
Box 26
If You Could See Me Now. Dameron, Tad, 1999
(3 copies)
Box 26
I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You. Bassman, George. Lyrics by Ned Washington, 1993
Box 26
In A Sentimental Mood. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke, 1994, undated
(2 folders)
Box 26
It Don't Mean A Thing. Ellington, Edward Kenney Duke, and Irving Mills, undated
Box 27
I'll Close My Eyes. Reid, Billy. Lyrics by Buddy Kaye, undated
Box 27
It's Only A Paper Moon. Arlen, Harold, E. Y. Harburg, and Billy Rose, 1991
(2 folders)
Box 27
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face. Loewe, Federick. Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, 1993
Box 27
Joy To The World. Handel, George Frideric, 1992
Box 27
Just Friends. Klenner, John. Lyrics by Sam M. Lewis, undated
Box 27
Kansas City. Leiber, Jerry. Lyrics by Mike Stoller, 1992
(2 copies)
Box 27
Let Me Off Uptown. Evans, Redd, and Earl Bostic, undated
(2 copies)
Box 27
Long Ago (and Far Away). Kern, Jerome D. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, undated
(2 copies)
Box 27
Love At Sundown. Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty The King, 1993, undated
(2 folders)
Box 27
Love The [Th'] Girl. Byrd, Donald, 1993, undated
Box 27
Lover. Rodgers, Richard. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, 1994
(4 copies)
Box 27
Lover Come Back to Me. Romberg, Sigmund. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, undated
(3 copies)
Box 57
Maiden Voyage. Hancock, Herbie, undated
Box 57
Mambo Inn. Bauza, Mario, 1992
(2 copies)
Box 57
Moanin' The Blues. Williams, Hank, 1993
Box 57
Moment's Notice. Coltrane, John, undated
Box 57
More Than You Know. Youmans, Vincent. Lyrics by Billy Rose, and Edward Eliscu, 1983, undated
Box 57
Morning Mist. Composed and Arranged by Roger Hamilton Spotts, undated
Box 57
My Baby Upsets Me. Williams, Joe, undated
Box 57
"My Fair Lady" Medley, "On The Street Where You Live". Loewe, Federick. Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, undated
Box 57
My Funny Valentine. Rogers, Richard. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, 1992
(2 copies)
Box 57
Newborn. Mixon, Danny, undated
Box 57
On Green Dolphin Street. Kaper, Bronislau. Lyrics by Ned Washington, 1986, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 57
Out Of Nowhere. Green, Johnny. Lyrics by Edward Heyman, 1994
Box 57
Ruby My Dear. Monk, Thelonious,1992
(2 copies)
Box 57
Scandia Skies. Dorham, Kenny, undated
(3 copies)
Box 58
Scrapple From The Apple. Parker, Charlie, 1994
(3 copies)
Box 58
Sentimental Journey. Brown, Les, and Ben Homer. Lyrics by Bud Green, 1988
Box 58
Shorty George. Basie, William Count, and Andy Gibson, 1960
Box 58
Skylark. Carmichael, Hoagland. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1987, undated
Box 58
Sophisticated Lady. Ellington, Edward Kennedy Duke. Lyrics by Irving Mills, and Mitchell Parish, 1985
Box 59
Stella By Starlight. Young, Victor. Lyrics by Ned Washington, undated
Box 59
Stompin' At The Savoy. Goodman, Benny, Edgar Sampson, and Chick Webb. Lyrics by Andy Razaf, undated
Box 59
Stops-And-Goes. Hendricks, Jon, 1990
Box 59
Sweet and Lovely. Arnheim, Gus, Charles N. Daniels, and Harry Tobias. Lyrics by Gus Arnheim, Charles N. Daniels, and Harry Tobias, 1990
(3 copies)
Box 59
They Say That Falling In Love is Wonderful. Murrell, Chris, 1993
(2 copies)
Box 60
There'll Never Be Another You. Arranged by Bob Ojeda, undated
Box 60
'Tis Autumn. Nemo, Henry, undated
Box 60
The Very Thought Of You. Noble, Ray, 1987
(2 copies)
Box 60
Waltz Medley No. 1, "Falling In Love With Love" and "I'll Take Romance". Rodgers, Richard, et al., undated
(2 folders)
Box 60
What's New? Haggart, Robert. Lyrics by Johnny Burke, 1993
(2 copies)
Box 61
What Would You Do. Hendricks, Jon, undated
Box 61
When Your Lover Has Gone. Swan, Einar Aaron, 1990
Box 61
Without A Song. Youmans, Vincent. Lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu, 1989
Box 61
Young And Foolish. Hague, Albert. Lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt, undated
Box 61
You've Changed. Fischer, Carl. Lyrics by Bill Carey, 1990
(5 copies)
Box 61
Ypso-Facto. Ridley, Larry, 1989
Box 61

Miscellaneous scores, parts, and fragments of compositions by Foster, by others, and of unknown authorship.

Catfish Sa'mich. Undated.
Box 28
Cherry Point. Undated.
Box 28
Didn' You. Undated.
Box 28
Just The Way You Look Tonight. Kern, Jerome. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, undated.
Box 28
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, undated.
(2 folders)
Box 28
Sign-Off. Undated.
Box 28

Files kept by Foster on a variety of subjects and content, including business records, musical collaborations, teaching and pedagogy, jazz composition and arranging, copyright information, publicity, family history, news clippings, and information on organizations and individuals. There are also folders of personal correspondence, Foster's writings (including extensive sketches for an autobiography), and photographs of Foster and others. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Aaron Davis Hall, 2004
Box 29
ASCAP, 2000, 2004, 2005
Box 29
Autobiography (17 folders)
Box 29
A Basie Rap-jam, 1993
Box 30
Basie Orchestra, 1964, 1994, 2004
Box 30
Basie Centennial, undated
Box 30
College of St. Rose, 1993-1996
Box 30
Conyers, 1995, 1997
Box 30
Copyrights, 1961-2003, 1966-2004, 1969, 1971, 1976 (3 folders)
Box 30
Count Basie Society (Red Bank Special), 2004
Box 30
DSO, 2002, 2003
Box 30
Family Tree, undated
Box 30
Frank Foster's Big Band Arrangements, undated
Box 30
George Gee, 1994-1996
Box 31
Georgia White, undated
Box 31
Great and Terrible Day (Sketches), 1991-1997 (2 folders)
Box 31
Harmony and Theory, 1999
Box 31
Harry Fox Agency, Inc., 2000-2008
Box 31
IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), 1994
Box 31
Interview with Frank Foster, undated
Box 31
Invoices, 1995, 2000, 2002-2004, 2007
Box 31
Jazz Artists / Vocalists, 1994-1995
Box 31
Jazz Journal International, 1983
Box 31
Jazz Spiritual Suite, undated
Box 31
Jazz Standards, undated
Box 31
Jazzmobile Workshop, undated
Box 31
Jimmy Heath Compositions, undated
Box 31
Jones Series, undated
Box 31
Lead Sheets, 1980, 1981, 1996 and undated
Box 31
Leo Rising, 1980, 1997
(on compact disc)
Box 31
Letters, 1979-1996
Box 31
Letters, 1996-2007
Box 32
Letters, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2009 and undated
Box 32
Lillian Foster's Letter, 1937
Box 32
Loud Minority Band, 2002, 2007
Box 32
Lyrics, 1988, 1989, 1991
Box 32
Marlena Shaw, 1998
Box 32
Memories, 1974-1978, 1992, 1975-1995, undated (4 folders)
Box 32
Mike Woods letter, undated
Box 32
National Music Publishers' Association, 1996-1998, 2001, 2006
Box 32
On Vocal Jazz Improvisation, undated (3 folders)
Box 32
Orchestration, 1988, 1999, 2003, undated (3 folders)
Box 33
Original Lyrics to Songs, undated
Box 33
Original Tunes, 1971-2002
Box 33
Pending Projects, 2002
Box 33
Photographs (8 folders)
Box 33
Photographs (11 folders)
Box 34
Pop-I-N Sheet Music Collection
Box 37
Postage Stamps, undated
Box 37
Programs, 1977, 1982, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, undated
Box 37
Press Kit, undated
Box 37
Publicity, 1960-2007, undated (6 folders)
Box 37
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1974-1976
Box 37
Rob Duboff letter, 2004
Box 37
Reviews, 1997-2007
Box 37
Saxophone Exercise Book, 1994
Box 37
Saxophone Method, Jazzlines, 1981, 1994, undated (2 folders)
Box 37
Saxophone Method, Jazzlines, 1994, 1995, undated (2 folders)
Box 38
Songwriters, 2007
Box 38
Song List, undated
Box 38
St. Paul UMC, 2002, 2004, 2005
Box 38
Stage Diagrams, undated
Box 38
Swing That Music, Inc., 1995, 2002, 2003 (2 folders)
Box 38
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, undated
Box 38
Thelonious Monk Institute, 1995
Box 38
Title Covers, undated (3 folders)
Box 38
UNC Jazz Press, 2002-2003
Box 39
Vanessa Rubin's Letter, 2004
Box 39
Walnut Hills High School, 1996, 2006, 2007
Box 39
Walrus Music Publishing, 1988-2004 (2 folders)
Box 39
Warner Bros Publications, 1995, 1999
Box 39
Writings (prose) by Frank Foster (7 folders)
Box 39
Newspaper articles, 1981-2009
Box 35
Caricature Drawing, 1987
Box 35

Series contains audio and moving image materials in audio cassette, digital audio tape (DAT), CD, VHS, and DVD formats. Series consists chiefly of recordings of Frank Foster's concert performances, including his appearances with both the Count Basie Orchestra and the Loud Minority. Series also contains rehearsal recordings, recording session masters, and a documentary film.

RESTERICTIONS: All original analog audio and moving image materials are CLOSED to patron use. CD or DVD use copies, which are OPEN to patron use, are available for some items and are noted below. Unless otherwise noted, use copies must be made for access to content.

Original cassette titles retained.

Interview - F. Foster, Part 1, KPFK

[CD use copy available in Box 63.]

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Interview, Part 2

(CD use copy available in Box 63.)

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Interview - F. Foster

(CD use copy available in Box 63.)

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Interview - F. Foster

(CD use copy available in Box 63.)

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Basie Band In Helsingborg, Sweden, Interviews Green G Foster

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In Defense Of Be-Bop

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In Defense Of Be-Bop (duplicate)
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Jazzmobile Workshop

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Lake Placid Suite

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Lake Placid Suite, 1980

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DL Hank and Frank, 1998

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Frank Wess, Frank Foster, 1986

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Frank Foster - Frank Wess,
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Manhattan Fever, The Loud Minority, 1970-1979
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Elvin Jones, Simone, Shinjitu, 1975
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Live At Birdland, 1998
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Metropole Orch Hilversum, 1982
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K-Luoto, 1997
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Birdland All-Stars At Carnegie Hall, 1954
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Frank Foster, Metropole Orch., 1982
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SUNY at Potsdam
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John Addison Concert Hall, 1998
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Great And Terrible Day Of The Lord, A Jazzspirational Suite, 1993
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Central State, 1982
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Lethbridge
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Calgary, Alberta, 1987
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Fossy Sea Cruise, Oct 19, Set II
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Cowings And Shaw
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Amy Duncan / Brass Tacks "Monk Creeps In", 1985
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"Hymn For Her", "Who's Afraid Of Frank Wolf"
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Frankly Swinging, 1952-1966
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"Hope Meets Foster", "Byrd's Word"
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Joe Sudler Swing Machine
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Carrie Smith, 1979
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"Bright Colors"
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Count Basie, "Easin' It"
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Count Basie Orchestra, El Morocco, 1992
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Count Basie Orchestra, Geo. Benson, Osaka, Japan, 1991
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Back To The Apple, Spring Is Here, Basie Orch. 1957-1961
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Basie Orch, Carmen Bradford, Diane Schuur, Matsue, 1987
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CBO, Hamburg, 1987
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George Benson, CBO, 1989
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Count Basie Band Led By Frank Foster, El Morocco, Worcester, Mass., Live, 1992
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Count Basie Set 1, 1992
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Count Basie Orchestra, El Morocco, 1st set, 1992
Box 62 2010-0087-046
Cardell's Cornell Count Basie, KDSU FM 92, 1986
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Basie's Bag, 1994
Box 62 2010-0087-048
Count Basie April In Paris, 1955, 1989
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Basie's Bag, 1994
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The Count Basie Orchestra Live At El Morocco, 1992
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Duke Ellington Orchestra / Count Basie Orchestra, First Time! The Count Meets The Duke
Box 62 2010-0087-052

Contain DAT (Digital Audio Tape) and open reel materials. Original titles retained.

Frank Foster's Loud Minority, 2001 (DAT)
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SDR Big Band + Frank Foster Live (DAT)
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SDR Big Band + Frank Foster, CD Master 1 (DAT)
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SDR Big Band + Frank Foster, CD Master 2 (DAT)
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Frank Foster + Metropole Orchestra, 1982 (Open Reel)
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Contains VHS and DVD materials. Original titles retained.

Frank Foster's Loud Minority, Pori Jazz (VHS)
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Frank Foster's Loud Minority, Pori Jazz, 1997 (VHS)
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Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Tape 1, Advent, 1997 (VHS)
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Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Tape 2, Advent, 1997 (VHS)
Box 62 2010-0087-061
Jazz Vespers, Part I, Uncut (VHS)
Box 62 2010-0087-062
Count Basie Orchestra, Borsen, Stalm, 1986 (VHS)
Box 62 2010-0087-063
Frank Foster Interview, Drummin' With Dave (VHS)
Box 62 2010-0087-064
Diane Schuur, Count Basie Orchestra, Montreal Jazz Festival (VHS)
Box 62 2010-0087-065
East Coast Jazz Festival, 1996 (VHS)
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Montreux Jazz, Count Basie Orchestra, 1991 (VHS)
Box 62 2010-0087-067
Frank Basie Band And All-Stars, I.J.H.F. Fort Lauderdale Concert, 1993 (VHS)
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Count Basie Orchestra, Jazz On Tour, Pori, 1992 (VHS)
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Frank Foster's Swing Plus Dance Band, 1999 (VHS)
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Frank Foster's Swing Plus Dance Band at Frankie Manning's 88th Birthday Party at Roseland, 2002 (VHS)
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Shiny Stockings, A Documentary Film In Progress (DVD)
Box 62 2010-0087-072

Contains CD or DVD use copies for the audio and moving image materials designated above. Unless noted above, use copies must be made for access to content.

Use copies
Box 63 2010-0087-072

Historical Note

Frank B. Foster, III was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 23, 1928. He attended Wilberforce University and in 1949 moved to Detroit and began playing in jazz clubs with musicians such as Wardell Gray. He was drafted into the military in 1951 and served in Korea.

In the early 1950s his first two solo albums were released on Blue Note Records: "Here Comes Frank Foster" (1953) and "New Faces, New Sounds" (1954). He was a member of the Count Basie Orchestra from 1953-1964, contributing both arrangements and original compositions including the well-known "Shiny Stockings, " "Down for the Count, " "Blues Backstage, " "Back to the Apple, " and "Discommotion, " as well as arrangements for the band's "Easin’ It" album. Foster has also performed in bands including The Lloyd Price Big Band, Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, Woody Herman and his Orchestra, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Elvin Jones's Jazz Machine. By the 1970s Foster formed several groups on his own, including The Non-Electric Company, Living Color and The Loud Minority. In 1980, Foster's "Lake Placid Suite" was performed as a part of the Winter Olympic Games, and in 1983 Dizzy Gillespie personally commissioned Foster to orchestrate one of the jazz icon’s compositions, "Con Alma, " for a scheduled performance and recording with The London Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Robert Farnon. In 1986 Foster succeeded Thad Jones as the leader of the Count Basie Orchestra, and remained with the band until 1995. During that time he won two Grammy Awards for his arrangements of "Deedles' Blues" (1987) and "Basie's Bag" (1988).

Foster's career also included a strong interest in teaching. In 1971 he served as Artist-In-Residence for the New England Conservatory of Music. He also began teaching music for the N.Y. Public Schools in Harlem under the Title I program, "Cultural Enrichment Through Music, Dance, and Song." From 1972 to 1976, Foster was an Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY). He has also worked as an adjunct professor at institutions including The New School for Social Research and New York University. In 1987, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Central State (formerly Wilberforce) University.

During his long musical career, Foster has been commissioned to compose and arrange works for The Carnegie Hall Jazz Ensemble, The Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra, The Jazzmobile Corporation of New York City, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, The Harpers Ferry Historical Association, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and many others. In 2002 Foster received the Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2001 he suffered a stroke that impaired his left side and caused him to cease performing on saxophone. He continues to compose and arrange for a variety of bands and leads a revival of The Loud Minority in limited engagements.

Selected Discography

DateEvent(s)
1953Here Comes Frank Foster (Blue Note)
1954New Faces, New Sounds (Blue Note)
1956Two Franks Please! (Savoy)
1956No Count (Savoy)
1963Basie Is Our Boss (Argo)
1965Fearless Frank Foster (Prestige)
1969Frank Foster (Blue Note)
1974The Loud Minority (Mainstream)
1977Shiny Stockings (Denon)
1979Non-Electric Company (EPM Musique)
1982The House That Love Built (SteepleChase)
1983Two for the Blues (Pablo/OJC)
1984Frankly Speaking (Concord Jazz)
1995A Fresh Taste of Thad Jones and Frank Foster (Hanssler Classics)
1996Leo Rising (Arabesque)
1998Swing (live) (Challenge)
2002Live at Feuerwache Mannheim (Bassic)
2003We Do It Diff'rent (live) (Mapleshade)
2005Endless Fingers (Arabesque
2007Well Water (Piadrum)

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Foster Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Frank Foster Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009 and 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Senem Acar, July 2009; George Lam and Zeke Graves, July 2010.

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, July 2009; and George Lam, July 2010.

Accessions 2009-0122 and 2010-0087 are described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.