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Talking Jazz with Frank Foster, Saxophonist, Flautist, Arranger, Composer & Count Basie Alumni

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Jazz saxophonist and composer Dr. Frank B. Foster will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2009 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 2, 2009. Frank Foster (born 23 September 1928) is an American tenor and soprano saxophonist, flautist, arranger, and composer, who is best known for his work in different periods with the Count Basie orchestra, as well as under his own name. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and educated at Wilberforce University. Frank Foster is the subject of a feature length documentary entitled "Shiny Stockings". Produced by Jazz Legacy Films and directed by award winning film maker Brian Grady, the film looks at Frank's career as a Jazz parable and "Shiny Stockings" the tune serves as a touchstone in the film addressing the many ways of measuring "success". The film is in final production and is expected to be released in early 2010.