Justin Foster (BMus)

Freelance Jazz Saxophonist & Music Composer

Justin Foster, as a solo artist or along with a band/ensemble, is available for hire to provide live background music for jazz clubs, corporate functions, conventions, private parties, restaurants, cafes, festivals, and other events, in a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Blues, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Ballads, Greek, Egyptian, etc. Whatever will suit your needs.

Justin is also available to compose music for video backings - suitable for corporate videos. In conjunction with two other team members, they can do the filming, editing and music for a unique professional Corporate Video.

A bit about Justin as a performer:

Justin has had the priviledge of performing with the late Dr. Allan Zavod OAM (internationally famous pianist/composer), James Black (of Rock Quiz), Jack Howard (of Hunters and Collectors), Paul Williamson (of Paul Williamson Hammond Combo), the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra (DMJO), Dizzy's Big Band, Andy Gravish (of Buddy Rich Big Band), Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans, Terri Lynne Carrington, to name a few.

Justin also performed for several years at the Generations In Jazz National Competition (Mt. Gambier, SA) attending master-classes given by the esteemed multi-instrumentalist Australian jazz musician James Morrison (AM), and the international great Gordon Goodwin (of Big Phat Band).

Venues played at include the Melbourne Recital Centre, The Edge Federation Square, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Big Band Sunsets Festival, Clunes Book Festival, Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, Paris Cat, Dizzy's, Jazz Lab, Bennetts Lane, Birds Basement, Uptown Jazz Cafe, FyreFly, Monash University, University of Melbourne, Cafe Latte, Marquee Lounge Bar, Claypots Seafood Bar, The Moat, Boheme Restaurant Bar, The Apartment, Gertrude's Brown Couch, Flying Saucer RSL, Caravan Club RSL, Elwood RSL.

Justin is a multi-instrumentalist. His instrument of choice is the Tenor Saxophone, but he also plays the Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute, as well as several non-woodwind instruments. For example for several years, he has performed at the Londsdale Street Greek Festival playing the Baglamadaki.

Due to his versatility, Justin has performed in Pit Orchestras (reed book) for musicals such as 'Urinetown: The Musical', 'Pirates of Penzance', and 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'.

Because of Justin's broad musical range, he has provided musical entertainment at the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Carlton Footbal Club Family Day, Ego Pharmaceuticals Christmas Party, Community TV Christmas Carols, Bib Stillwell BMW Car Launch, Grand Final Eve Luncheon, and other corporate gigs.

A couple of different gigs were performing in a video for a pop song's CD launch, and when Justin had a role in a play as a jazz musician in a band that played live music during scences in the play.

For the last couple years, Justin is the band leader for the Jazz Harbingers Tribute Band - playing the Music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - at Paris Cat Jazz Club, Uptown Jazz Cafe, and Fyrefly.

A bit about Justin as a composer:

~ He composed original background music for Ego Pharmaceuticals' half hour corporate video, which was shown to customers & used in training sessions for doctors and pharmacists around the world.

~ Co-wrote a song that was shortlisted on the National Song Writing Competition (ASA: instrumental category, adult section).

~ He has composed or arranged several pieces for his bands' live performances and recordings - one of which you can listen to on the home page (scroll up to the top).

~ He also composed original music for a Monash musical.

If you want to book a performance or find out more, visit our contact section.

Parlour Gigs

Playing LIVE at your place!

Are you throwing a party, and just want to do something extra special for the night?

Consider hiring one of our small ensemble groups of 3-5 musicians to play live background music for 2-3 hours at your event.

A variety of styles can be performed including Jazz, Blues, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Ballads, Greek, Egyptian, etc. Whatever will suit the mood of the evening.

If you want to book a performance or find out more, visit our contact section.