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Billy Foster


Billy Foster is a respected pianist, composer, educator, radio show host and producer. As an active professional musician for the past 35 years, he has performed across the U.S. with others, as well as with his own groups. Mr. Foster has written and produced recordings with both “Billy Foster And Audio” and the “Billy Foster Trio”. He is a featured soloist on two of guitarist Henry Johnson’s CD’s on MCA Records. His work as pianist and composer with the “Valparaiso University Faculty Jazz Trio” can be heard on the CDs For The Moment and the 2010 recording Journey. Portrait by the “Billy Foster Trio”, features more of his of his work as a composer in addition to vocals by Renee Miles-Foster . Mr. Foster has also written and produced music for several television commercials.


As an educator, Billy Foster retired after 35 years as a public school music teacher in Gary, IN. From 1980 to 2014 Mr. Foster served as jazz piano instructor at Valparaiso University. In this capacity he conducted many jazz clinics, lectures and educational performances. In addition, he served on the Indiana Arts Commission Advisory Panel for 3 years. Currently he teaches piano and Jazz History at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN.He received a B.S. from Defiance College and an M.M. Roosevelt University with additional study at New York University. Mr. Foster also studied with renowned jazz pianist Jaki Byard.

Currently Mr. Foster teaches Piano and Jazz History at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN.

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Over the years Foster has played concerts with such luminaries as Art Farmer, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Ernie Watts, Tom Harrell, Red Rodney, Jon Faddis, George Coleman, Bobby Watson and many others. He is currently the host of the popular radio show the ”Billy Foster Jazz Zone” on WGVE 88.7 in Gary, In.


The Billy Foster Trio, featuring vocalist Renee Miles-Foster, plays jazz styles from Ellington to Miles with original material also highlighted. The group has worked together for over 35 years  playing concerts, clubs, schools and a variety of affairs throughout the U.S.. Other instruments may be added at the clients’ request.









**Click this link to see the Billy Foster Trio Promo on YouTube:



Click these titles to hear the Billy Foster Trio:


Jammin' At The House


Into The Dawn


I'm Thinking Love (vocal)


B's Bop (vocal)











The Billy Foster Trio presents jazz concerts, clinics, lectures and jazz history concerts at educational institutions of all levels.

Click the following link to see a short promo video of a jazz history concert at the elementary level:



*Jazz History Lecture

*Jazz History Performance with band demonstrations and student participation -- all levels

*Jazz Clinic For Band -- all Levels

*Jazz Clinic for Band and Evening Concert

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