Herman Foster

born on 26/4/1928 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

died on 3/4/1999 in New York City, NY, United States

Herman Foster

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Herman Foster

Herman Foster (April 26, 1928 – April 3, 1999) was an American bebop jazz pianist.

He was blinded during childbirth through the carelessness of a doctor. He began his musical career early playing the violin, clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He became a self-taught pianist. His family moved to New York City in 1947 where he began to attend jam sessions and then played with Eric Dixon, Dick Carter and the big band of Herb Jones. Then he met Lou Donaldson and they played together from 1953 to 1966. He also worked with King Curtis, Bill English, and Seldon Powell in the 1950s, and with Al Casey in the 1960s, in addition to playing with his own trio. He returned to work in Donaldson's quartet in the 1980s.

Leader Discography

  • Have You Heard (Epic Records, 1960)
  • The Explosive Piano of Herman Foster (Epic, 1961)
  • Ready and Willing (Argo Records, 1963)
  • The One And Only (Timeless Records, 1984)

Sideman Discography

  • 1957: Lou Donaldson: Wailing with Lou (Blue Note)
  • 1957: Lou Donaldson: Swing and Soul (Blue Note)
  • 1958: Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk (Blue Note)
  • 1958: Lou Donaldson: Light-Foot (Blue Note)
  • 1959: King Curtis: Have tenor sax will blow (Atco Records)
  • 1960: Al Casey: Buck Jumpin' (Swingville)
  • 1961: Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (Blue Note)
  • 1962: Gloria Lynne: At The Las Vegas Thunderbird (Everest)
  • 1964: Joan Shaw In Person (Sue)
  • 1964: Lou Donaldson: Cole Slaw (Argo)
  • 1964: Jean DuShon: Make way for Jean DuShon (Argo)
  • 1966: Lou Donaldson: Blowing in the Wind (Cadet)
  • 1972: Johnny Hartman: Today (Perception)
  • 1981: Lou Donaldson: Sweet Poppa Lou (Muse)
  • 1981: Lou Donaldson: Forgotten Man (Timeless)
  • 1982: Lou Donaldson: Back Street (Muse)
  • 1984: Lou Donaldson: Live in Bologna (Timeless)
  • 1995: Hisayo Tominaga: Blues blue (Black Box)
  • 2000: George V. Johnson, Jr.: Next in line ! (Your Majesty)


  • [Herman Foster at All Music Guide Herman Foster] at Allmusic
  • [1] Tribute to the great jazz pianist
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