Jazz Star Foster Dies

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July 26, 2011 | 9:05pm EST

Legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Frank Foster has passed away at the age of 83.
The musician died at his home in Virginia on Tuesday after deciding to stop his dialysis treatments several weeks ago.

Foster started playing the flute and saxophone in his teens before moving to Detroit, Michigan and becoming part of the Count Basie Orchestra.

During his time in the legendary band, he arranged the songs Shiny Stockings, Down for the Count and Blues Backstage.

He worked with Elvin Jones, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra on his rendition of Mack the Knife and won two Grammy Awards during his musical career.

In 2001, he suffered a stroke, which impaired movement on his left side and stopped him from playing the sax. He developed further health issues in recent years, leading him to need dialysis for kidney problems.

British jazz star Jamie Cullum took his Twitter.com blog to remember the legend upon hearing the sad news, writing, “RIP Frank Foster – legendary musician and arranger for, among others, Count Basie. He arranged Just One of those Things for The Pursuit.”

Foster is survived by his wife Cecilia, son Frank and daughter Jardice.