- Pops Foster
Infobox musical artist
Name = Pops Foster
Img_size = 250
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = George Murphy Foster
May 19, 1892
Died = death date and age|1969|10|29|1892|5|19
Origin = flagicon|USA
Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA
String bass, Tuba, Trumpet
Bassist, Tubist, Trumpeter
Associated_acts = King Oliver,
George Murphy "Pops" Foster (
May 19, 1892- October 29, 1969) was a jazz musicianbest known for his vigorous playing of the string bass. He also played the tubaand trumpetprofessionally.
Foster was born to Charley and Annie Foster on a
plantationnear McCall in Ascension Parishnear Baton Rougein south Louisiana. His family moved to New Orleanswhen he was about ten years of age. His older brother, Willard Foster, began playing banjoand guitar; George started out on a cellothen switched to string bass. Foster was twice married: (1) 1912 to Bertha Foster and (2) 1936 to Alma Foster.
Pops Foster was playing professionally by 1907 and worked with
Jack Carey, Kid Ory, Armand Piron, King Oliver and other prominent hot bands of the era.
In 1921 he moved to St. Louis to play with the
Charlie Creathand Dewey Jacksonbands, which would be his base for much of the decade. He also joined Ory in Los Angeles. He gained the nickname "Pops" because he was far older than any of the other players in the band.
In 1929 Foster moved to
New York City, where he played with the bands of Luis Russelland Louis Armstrongthrough 1940. He giged with various New York-based bands through the 1940s, including those of Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes, and regular broadcasts on the national "This Is Jazz" radioprogram.
In the late 1940s he began touring more widely and played in many countries in
Europe, especially in France, and throughout the United Statesincluding returns to New Orleans and California.
In 1952, Foster toured Europe with
Jimmy Archey's Band. He played regularly at Central Plaza in New York and briefly in New Orleans with Papa Celestinin 1954.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he played with
Earl Hines' Small Band. In 1966, he toured Europe with the New Orleans All-Stars but remained based in San Francisco, where he died.
"The Autobiography of Pops Foster" was published in 1971, with a new edition in 2005 ISBN 0-87930-831-1 (alk. paper). The book is not known for great accuracy when some anecdotes are compared to other sources.
*"George Murphy 'Pops' Foster", "A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography" (Vol. 1 (1988), p. 315)
*John Chilton, "Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street" (1972)
* [http://www.redhotjazz.com/foster.html Pops Foster on redhotjazz.com]
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