Mo Foster & Friends
The Band Mo Foster and Friends

Photography Christina Jansen

An exciting new sextet comprising six of the UK’s most sought after musicians, collectively celebrating the music of major jazz composers such as Gil Evans, Michael Gibbs, George Gershwin, John Lewis and Jaco Pastorius, in a programme of personal favourites.


Mo: “I had been a fan of Gil’s music since the mid 60s when I first heard his masterful collaborations with Miles Davis: Miles Ahead, Porgy And Bess, and Sketches Of Spain.
So it was that in 1983 I was extremely thrilled to get a call — whilst on the road in the USA with Phil Collins — inviting me to tour with the Gil Evans British Orchestra, a band which consisted mainly of luminaries from the UK jazz scene, including John Surman, Henry Lowther, Stan Sulzman, Ray Russell, John Taylor, and John Marshall.
His sound world left such a lasting impression that when I put together this new band the sound I was aiming for was Gil Evans in Miniature: structured, with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and with room for great solos. I chose my dream team — Jim Watson, Chris Biscoe, Nic France, Ray Russell, and Corrina Silvester — simply because they are the best, and are amongst the finest jazz soloists in the country"


OUR NEXT LONDON DATES
An opportunity not to miss


The Maltings, St Albans
Tuesday 30th October 2018
(ticket purchase to come)


The 606 Club Chelsea
Monday 5th November 2018
(ticket purchase to come)


Lauderdale House, Highgate
(part of the London Jazz Festival)
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Purchase Tickets Here


The Half Moon, Putney
Wednesday 9th January 2019
www.tickets.halfmoon.co.uk


Hidden Rooms, Cambridge
Thursday 31st January 2019
(ticket purchase to come)



PREVIOUS DATES

The London Bass Guitar Show, Olympia, Kensington
Sunday 4th March 2018


The 606 Club, Chelsea
Monday 23rd April 2018
http://www.606club.co.uk/events/view/mo-foster/


The Pizza Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho
Wednesday 16th May 2018
www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/mo-foster-friends


BAND MEMBERS
Mo Foster

Photography Christina Jansen

MO FOSTER

Bass Guitar and Band Leader: After forming seminal 70’s progressive jazz/rock group Affinity (managed by the late Ronnie Scott) Mo's career blossomed into one of the most prestigious of any contemporary bass-guitar player, working with Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Gerry Rafferty, Van Morrison, Frida (of ABBA) and the London Symphony Orchestra, and establishing himself as a much sought after and highly respected session musician, record producer, composer, solo artist and author (British Rock Guitar). Mo is also a recipient of a BASCA Gold Badge Award
http://mofoster.com

RAY RUSSELL

Electric Guitar and Fx: Band leader, session player, arranger, composer, and producer. Ray has worked with Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, Mark Isham, Anthony Jackson, Tina Turner, George Fenton, and Simon Phillips and is a visiting Professor of Music at Leeds University.
http://rayrussell.co.uk
Ray Russell

Photography Christina Jansen

Jim Watson

Photography Christina Jansen

JIM WATSON

Keyboardist, Pianist, Organist, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger: Jim has worked with with Manu Katche, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Katie Melua, Paul Carrack, Chris Difford, Patti Austin, Richard Bona, and Lalo Shifrin.
http://www.jimwatson.net

CHRIS BISCOE

Reeds (Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Baritone Sax, Alto Clarinet). Band-leader, composer, Chris has worked with Mike Westbrook, Liam Noble, George Russell, Hermeto Pascoal
http://www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk
Chris Biscoe

Photography Christina Jansen

Nic France

Photography Tony Andrews

NIC FRANCE

Drums and Percussion: Nic has worked with Loose Tubes, David Gilmour, Bill Withers, Mose Alison and teaches at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
nicfrance/home

CORRINA SILVESTER

Percussion: Corrina has worked with Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla, Hans Zimmer Live at Hammersmith, on stage at Royal Opera House, held many Principal Percussion chairs in London’s West End theatre, e.g. The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, Monty Python at O2, and Drum Captain for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
http://corrinasilvester.com
Corrina Silvester

Photography Tony Andrews

THE REPERTOIRE

Gone Gone Gone

Gone

Freedom Jazz Dance

Three Views Of A Secret

Django

The Pan Piper

Hotel Me

And On The Third Day

Some Echoes

Oh No

Sing Me Softly Of The Blues  

On Your Way Down

Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat

Footprints

Self Portrait

So Far Away

■ George Gershwin

■ Gil Evans

■ Eddie Harris

■ Jaco Pastorius

■ John Lewis

■ Gil Evans

■ Gil Evans/Miles Davies

■ Mike Gibbs

■ Mike Gibbs

■ Mo Foster

■ Carla Bley

■ Alan Toussaint

■ Charles Mingus

■ Wayne Shorter

■ Mike Mainieri

■ Mo Foster/Ray Russell


TESTIMONIALS

"This session legend, and one-time Jeff Beck cohort, has thumbed his golden address book to assemble a sextet of undoubted virtuosity”

Andy Rawll (Journalist, Record Collector)


"That's some jam Mo. Beautiful textures and dynamics. Your playing puts the rest of us to shame as usual...”

Joel McIver (Editor, Bass Guitar Magazine)


“This is whatever the opposite of "unwatchable" is. So much going on there between these wonderful musicians.”

Ken Appleby (Pindrop Events)


“Excellent show - Superb sound throughout. It was a masterclass”

David Stark (Songlink)


“A rare night of great music - lovely vibe, immaculate sound - the music connects very directly”

Malcolm Edmonstone


“Such great music - a natural high - so many great influences coming out”`

Mark Garfield (Music Publisher)


“Mo’s bass sound was amazing, particularly the fretless, wow!”

Martin Petersen(Bass Gallery)


“A tonic for the spirit - music like that should be bottled and made available on the NHS”

Chris Mills (PPL)


"The band was superb”

Clem Cattini (drum legend)


"You all play more brilliantly than ever. Classy, Funky, Clever, Gorgeous”

Wendy Hoile (website designer)


“Such an inspiration”

Alan Boyd (Film Maker)


“Beautiful chemistry”

Ray Russell


“I can't think of anyone I'd rather listen and learn from”

Bass Guitar Magazine


“Mo Foster...a legendary session bassist, producer and composer”

Basschat

Mo Foster and Friends at the London Bass Show

Photography Christina Jansen