Our special guest today is Mick Foster, a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer who has worked with John Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann and Mike Garrick, The Humphrey Lyttelton Band, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Guy Barker, Digby Fairweather, Swing Out Sister and the BBC Concert Orchestra, to name a few. Mick has recorded three albums under his own name and his session work credits include Predator, The Penguins Of Madagascar, Strictly Come Dancing and Downton Abbey.
Your host Natalia Farran and Mick Foster discuss some of the greatest jazz arrangers of all time. You will hear some of Mick’s compositions, from classical to jazz, as well as some uplifting Dixieland with Mick playing with local legends Digby Fairweather and Dave Hackbridge Johnson.
Which is Mick’s favourite saxophone? What’s the relationship between the instrument you choose to play and your speaking voice? Who is Miles Evans? Tune in to find out!
We also discuss the differences between UK and US jazz, what’s cooking in today’s jazz scene and listen to a few more vocalists, continuing from last month’s fascinating conversation with Simon Spillett.
1 Mellow Blue (Clarissa Farran/Natalia Farran) - Natalia Farran, a.k.a. Miss Graves, from the album Nobody’s Princess)
2 Reunion (Gerry Mulligan) from Mick Foster’s album Four Views, 2012
3 All of Me (Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons) performed by We Three – Mick Foster, Digby Fairweather and Dave Hackbridge Johnson)
4 October Dances (Mick Foster) performed by Yeu-Meng Chan and Mick Foster
5 Where the Rain Falls (Mick Foster) With Jackie Dankworth
6 Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington)
7 Jaleos (Ramón Farrán) – two fragments of Jaleos, from movements 3 & 4 (Pau and Loa-Nana), ONJAZZ, Spanish National Jazz Orchestra
8 S’Wonderful (George & Ira Gershwin) - Ella Fitzgerald, arranged by Nelson Riddle
9 Little Brown Jug (Glenn Miller)
10 Springsville (Miles Davis) from Miles Ahead, arranged by Gil Evans
11 Tomorrow’s World (John Dankworth)
12 Pirates (Laura Jurd) With Lauren Kinsella, from the album Human Spirit
13 Do I Love You? (Cole Porter) Peggy Lee with George Shearing (from the album Beauty and the Beat!)
14 Rags and Old Iron (Norman Curtis/Oscar Brown Jr) - Nina Simone, from the album Nina’s Choice
15 Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost (Jimmy McHugh/Frank Loesser)
16 I Got Plenty o’ Nuthin’ (George Gershwin) – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (from the album Ella and Louis sing Gershwin)
17 You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (Cole Porter) - Helen Merrill, from her debut album Helen Merrill, with Clifford Brown
18 Now You Has Jazz (Cole Porter) - Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, from the soundtrack of High Society
19 Look Here (Ben Sidran), from the album The Concert for García Lorca