Gary Foster is a graduate of Kansas University. He lives in Los Angeles where he is a freelance musician performing on clarinet, saxophone and flute.
In live performance Gary has played with Laurindo Almeida, Mundell Lowe, Benny Goodman and Louis Bellson. He has performed and recorded with jazz groups led by Clare Fischer, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Cal Tjader, Shelly Manne, Moacir Santos, Poncho Sanchez, Jimmy Rowles, Alan Broadbent, Jimmy Knepper, Mark Masters, Sammy Nestico, David Sills, Pete Christlieb, Kerry Strayer, Dan St. Marseille, Oliver Lake, Putter Smith, Gerard Hagen, Larry Koonse, Frank Bennett, Bill Cunliffe, Bobby Shew and Bill Dobbins.
Other CD recordings are with Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, Toni Tennille, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, Marni Nixon, Diane Schuur, Melissa Manchester, Joao Gilberto, Dr. John, Johnny Mathis, Michel LeGrand, Paul McCartney, Kenny Rogers, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, Cristina Aguilera, Michael Boulton, Maynard Ferguson, Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams, Paul Anka, Prince, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Manhattan Transfer, Ray Anthony, Vince Gill, Diana Krall, Rein de Graaff, Wesla Whitfield, Linda Ronstadt, Robbie Williams, Lucie Arnaz, Ricky Lee Jones, Maureen Dechter, Steve Lawrence, Nina Simone, Tierney Sutton, Quincy Jones, Michael Buble, Susan Krebs, Lorraine Feather, Matt Dusk, Frank Sinatra Jr., Andy Williams, Mary Haskell, Debby Boone, Jane Monheit, Renee Oldstead, V.R. Smith, Madeline Peyroux, Russell Watkins, Sue Raney, Leslie Lewis, Thomas Quasthoff, Don Shelton, Melody Gardot, Michael Jackson, Placido Domingo and Glenn Frey.
Solo jazz recordings are on the Revelation, RCA Japan, Toshiba EMI, Concord, JVC, Insights Japan, TorrI and AJI labels.
From the late 1960’s to the present Gary has been a member of several hundred live and film television orchestras and has performed on more than five hundred motion picture soundtracks.
Gary has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, the L.A. Master Chorale, the L.A. Opera Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. From its inception in 1973 until 1982, Gary was a member of the award-winning Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band.