Tom Foster Tom Foster

Tom Foster attended North Texas State University majoring in percussion and Jazz Education. He has appeared in many television, radio, and theater performances and has performed on a variety of recordings including film scores (Bye Bye Blues) , albums , and jingles. Tom toured Canada and Europe with the “EdJE”, winners of the 1988 Alcan Jazz Competition , and toured Japan and mainland China in 1983 with the Tommy Banks Quintet. He has performed with a host of notable international musicians including:

Pepper Adams, Sonny Stitt, Mose Allison, Art Farmer, Nat Adderley, Kenny Wheeler, Red Holloway, Frank Foster, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Murphy, Herb Ellis

Since relocating to Vancouver, B.C. in 1993 Tom has performed and recorded with:

Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet, Strange Weather – with George McFetridge, Lisa Miller Trio, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Simon Fisk Trio, Steve Fisk’s FLO, Eastwind, Chris Tarry


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1988 - Alcan Jazz Award for the band Edmonton Jazz Ensemble (EdJE)

1989 - Nominated for Juno Award - “Best Jazz Album” for “Something's Here” - EdJE

1989 - Received the City of Edmonton - Performing and Creative Arts Award

2000 - Nominated for Juno Award - “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” for “How My Heart Sings” - Kate Hammett-Vaughn Quintet

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”Drummer Tom Foster is less bombastic than David King of The Bad Plus and, with a deft touch, far more disposed towards delicate moments, as on “You’re a clever one.” As much as the lyrical “Live in the ideal” retains a certain looseness and playfulness that brings to mind some of the more extended compositions of E.S.T., it also grooves along with authority. Think the dexterity of Jack DeJohnette combined with the textural aspect of Paul Motian, but with a younger player’s exposure to pop music.”



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