During his tenure with Santana in the 1970’s, Tom Coster made his mark as a keyboard player and composer of versatility and power. Detroit-born and San Francisco-raised, Coster played piano and accordion as a youth, continuing his studies through college and a productive five-year stint as a musician in the Air Force. He then invaded the Bay Area club scene, soon acquiring his reputation as a standout keyboard player. After successful tenures with the rock group The Loading Zone and jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo, Coster was asked by Carlos Santana in 1972 to bring more jazz fusion influence to that phenomenally successful band.
This historic alliance produced six classic Santana albums -- Caravanserai, Welcome, Lotus, Borboletta, Amigos, and Moonflower. Coster also performed on three Devadip Carlos Santana solo albums (including Illuminations with Alice Coltrane). Europa, Flor D’Luna and Dance Sister Dance are three timeless examples of Coster’s contributions to these projects.
After amicably parting with Santana, Coster joined forces with drummer Billy Cobham’s band for a brief stint before taking a sabbatical from the music business to spend more time with his family. He re- entered the recording world with two critically acclaimed solo albums, T.C. and Ivory Expeditions. Still sought after, these albums feature performances by guitarist Joaquin Lievano, Randy Jackson on bass and Steve Smith on drums. Additionally, Ivory Expeditions marked the first recorded collaboration with Tom’s son, Tom Coster Jr.