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July 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Tony Foster Trio” is playing Thursday July 18th. Could you please post this bio on website. Thank you. Tony Foster was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He received his initial musical training early on, in the form of classical piano lessons privately. In school bands, his main instrument became the trumpet. His studies on the trumpet continued until college, and it was not until this time that his focus changed to piano. Foster began playing with various university ensembles on the piano (highlighted by performances with guests such as jazz saxophone legend Phil Woods), and graduated in 1996 from UBC (University of British Columbia) with a Commerce Degree. Eventually choosing to pursue a musical career, he was a 1998 recipient of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship. Foster then participated in a residency at the Banff Jazz Workshop in 2000 where he studied jazz piano and performed with notable jazz artists including saxophonist David Liebman, multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson, pianist Kenny Werner, and bassist Ray Drummond.
Foster’s piano style and personal sound has developed over the last several years with influence from many jazz piano legends including Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Phineas Newborn Jr, Monty Alexander, Ahmad Jamal and many others. He is a featured sideman on several recordings and has two album releases with his own trio. The most recent release features Foster’s take on the film music of composers Henry Mancini and Ennio Morricone and is entitled “Project Paradiso: Tony Foster plays Ennio Morricone and Henry Mancini.”
Foster has travelled extensively as a performer through Asia, Europe and South America and is now based in Seattle Washington. Foster has been honored to have performed with many jazz luminaries including Ernestine Anderson, Red Holloway, Jeff Hamilton and saxophonist Scott Hamilton. Foster also has spent the last 10 years as a member of the Dan Brubeck quartet where he toured North America and recorded a Juno-nominated album featuring the music of Dan’s father Dave Brubeck. More recently, Foster and his trio have worked with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.