• Frank Foster's All Star New York Orchestra Plays Shiny Stockings .. New Year's Eve 1995

    July 28, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    This "Great Live Moment" from WBGO's audio archives is also part of our longer tribute to Frank Foster, which you can read here. Swing Easy, Uncle Frank!

    WBGO had a friend in the late Frank Foster (1928-2011). He and this band of great, name players rang in the New Year with the station at a great party in a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, live on WBGO and Cognac Hennessy New Year's Eve Coast to Coast across the country.

    And after midnight Milt Jackson (whose birthday was January 1) stepped up to the vibes for a long, relaxed jam on Foster's signature song. Solos are by Billy Harper (or so I think because someone in the crowd yells "Wild Bill!" after the solo), John Sneider and the late and much-missed Hilton Ruiz. Those trumpet shakes at the end must have put a buzz on the balloons and confetti and inspired the couples on the dance floor.

    Bill Easley, George Coleman, Fostina Dixon, Dave Glasser, Billy Harper, saxophones

    Tony Barrero, Cecil Bridgewater, Jon Faddis, Virgil Jones,  John Sneider, trumpets

    Curtis Fuller, Jack Jeffers, Robert Trowers, Andrew Williams, trombones

    Hilton Ruiz, piano; Earl May, bass; Grady Tate, drums

    Note: These comment boards are available to the general public. Statements expressed in the comment boards do not necessarily reflect WBGO's views. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed within them. For more information, please read our Terms of Service.