TTU arts roundup: Los Angeles jazz studio musician in concert

The Tennessee Tech University Jazz Ensemble presents Los Angeles-based musician Gary Foster in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The free performance is sponsored by Center Stage and is open to the public.

Foster has recorded with many well-known jazz groups, including those led by Clare Fischer, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Cal Tjader and Poncho Sanchez among others. Foster can be heard on Toni Tennille's "More Than You Know" and "All of Me," Mel Torme's "Reunion" and "Live in Tokyo," Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable," "Take a Look," "Stardust," "Ask a Woman Who Knows" and "Still Unforgettable" recordings. He can also be heard on Frank Sinatra's "Duet" and on a number of Rosemary Clooney's recordings for the Concert Jazz label. He has done many other recordings with a wide range of artists from Liza Minnelli to Placido Domingo.

"Gary Foster is an amazing musician who has played sax, clarinet and flute at the very top level of the professional world in Los Angeles for many years.  It is a very exciting opportunity for our students to get to work with such an accomplished musician, and it should be a treat for the audience as well," said Chris McCormick, TTU music professor and campus host.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Foster has been a member of several hundred live and film television orchestras. From its inception in 1972 until 1982, he was a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. Foster has received the "Most Valuable Player Award" for woodwind doubling from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Foster has performed on more than 500 motion picture soundtracks, most recently "Batman and Robin," "A Bug's Life" and "Analyze This."

From 1971 to 1991, Foster was conductor of the jazz ensemble at Pasadena City College. From 1984 through 2000, he was the Millsap visiting professor of saxophone at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and from 1997 to 2000 he was professor of saxophone at UCLA.

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The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 931-372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 931-372-3161.