On July 26, Frank Foster, singer, composer, flautist and saxophonist passed away. Frank worked very closely with many Jazz and blues greats, including Count Basie, Thelonius Monk and George Benson. He received a Grammy in 1988 for Best Instrumental Arrangement, Jazz Category. This was for arranging “Basie’s Bag” for George Benson. In 1987 he won his first Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal, 1987. He made a big band arrangement of “Deedles’ Blues” to win this award.
- Frank Foster, Jazz Saxophone and Composer, Has Died (current.com)
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- Saxophonist Frank Foster Dies; Played With Basie (abcnews.go.com)