Mick has a number of groups and ensembles that play a wide variety of music. These projects are regular ensembles that play concerts nationally. Click on the links to hear a compilation demo for each group.
Sax A Plenty
Celebrating the West Coast sound, this group features three saxophones, bass and drums. Alan Barnes (alto sax), Robert Fowler (tenor sax) and Mick (baritone sax), are joined by Dave Chamberlain (bass) and Tristan Mailliot (drums).
Included within the core repertoire of the band are the 1950s quintet arrangements and compositions of alto saxist / composer / arranger Lennie Niehaus. Transcribed by Mick, these charts swing with lightness and buoyancy and beautifully display the craft, talent and wit of Niehaus’ work.
“... to have the luxury of your group spreading the fine work of those unique Lennie Niehaus Quintet recordings and his countless arrangements is a musical treat.”
Alan Luff, Jazz Journal Reviewer
the mick foster quartet
Mick is joined by Dominic Ashworth (guitar), Julian Bury (bass) and Tristan Mailliot (drums). The band play melodic swinging jazz, both standards and original music.
“ His rich baritone sound and positive refined playing come over superbly on this very well recorded disc which features a popular selection of well loved melodic tunes.”
Brian Robinson, Jazz Journal ****
the Mick foster sEXTET - celebrating gerry mulligan
The core repertoire of this group is the music of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet. The frontline comprises Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet), Robert Fowler (tenor), Adrian Fry (trombone) and Mick (baritone), joined by Dave Chamberlain (bass) and Tristan Mailliot (drums). Other arrangements and compositions are provided by Adrian Fry and Mick.
" Thank you for a great gig with six top musicians playing great arrangements."
Derick Woodland, Folkestone Jazz Club
mick foster / yeu-meng chan duo
Mick and Yeu-Meng play saxophone and piano music taken from the classical saxophone repertoire as well as new compositions by composers such as Issie Barratt, Ken Paige and Mick. They have performed in concert halls, music clubs and churches both in the UK and in the Far East.
"Mick Foster and pianist Yeu-Meng Chan draw together a diverse and yet coherent selection of pieces, and tackle them with great individuality and panache [...] Highly recommended."