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Ronnie Foster

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Buffalo, United States (1970 – present)

Ronnie Foster was born in Buffalo, New York, and began playing piano at the age of 4. By age 12 he had switched to Hammond organ and became a student of the jazz great Jimmy Smith. At age 15, Ronnie started playing with George Benson on weekends, while still in school. After graduating from high school Ronnie began a two-year stint with The Billy Wooten Trio. Eventually, Ronnie began playing New York clubs.

At 20 he got a call from New York that Saxophonist great Stanley Turrentine was looking for a new organist. He did one gig with Stanley. Word of Ronnie was traveling fast. While he waited for the call about the next Turrentine gig, guitar legend Grant Green heard that Ronnie was in New York. Green hired Ronnie to go on the road. This event would prove to be a turning point for Ronnie as it offered him his first recording session experience; Grant Green’s 1970 album Alive!. This important session led Ronnie to a recording contract of his own with the legendary record label: Blue Note Records.

Ronnie’s first recording was titled Two-Headed Freap. As a recording artist Ronnie’s solo discography consists of 5 albums for Blue Note, 2 albums for Columbia Records and 1 album for Projazz. Ronnie Foster recorded his first album for Blue Note the Two Headed Freap, in January of 1972. Ronnie’s follow-up album, Sweet Revival was recorded in December of that same year. He cut Live at Montreux in July of 1973, which was followed in 1974 by On The Avenue and in 1975 by Cheshire Cat, his final album for Blue Note.

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