Foster Meets Brooks Big Band
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"The Ones To Watch Chicago's Next Generation of Talent"

Get 'em Before Their Hot BY: lauren Viera

On A Fame scale Given the Rating 2= just sprouted onto the scene

John Foster Brooks tenor saxophone , 16

Given By Isiah Spencer, Host Of Velvet Lounge's Sunday Jam Sessions

"He plays Like someone who's wise beyond his years. You can tell that he listens to alot of old players: Coleman,Coltrane,Dexter Gordon. he has a very old school tenor approach to the music, which is rarely found in young musicians." - Chicago Tribune Friday, November 7,2008 section 4 (ON THE TOWN)


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The Foster Meets Brooks Big Band is a 19-piece big band composed of talented high school and college jazz musicians from around the Chicago and Midwest area . These musicians have performed in and are affiliated with a number of accredited jazz programs in the country, including Jazz Bands of America, Illinois Music Educators' Association All-State Jazz Festival, Birch Creek Music Performance Center (Door County, Wisconsin), Merit School of Music jazz bands, the Jazz Links student council of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and the Midwest Young Artists jazz program (and summer tours). Under the direction of city-renowned high school tenor saxophonist John Foster-Brooks, the FMB big band rehearses during the summer and early winter months, and perform throughout the year.

The band is available for hire for corporate events, private parties, club dates, and large-venue (auditorium) performances. The band's library includes works from Count Basie, Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton,Oliver Nelson and arrangements composed within the band. Band members have had extensive professional experience around the city and northern suburbs, and have had the privilege to perform or recorded with an array of today's leading jazz artists, including Brian Lynch, Bobby Watson, Terrell Stafford , Jon Faddis, Orbert Davis, Jeff Coffin, Dick Oatts, Sean Jones, Roy Hargrove , Rufus Reid, Wayne Bergeron, and the rhythm section of the Count Basie Orchestra.