This page is dedicated to the memory of Mark's long time friend and colleague, Art Foxall.
Art Foxall studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and at the Schillinger House of Music (now known as The Berklee College of Music). Art performed for over 60 years at venues and jazz festivals around the world on tenor saxophone and as a vocalist. Art was featured as a Legend of Seattle Jazz in the 2005 Earshot Jazz Festival. Musicians Art has performed with include Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, Little Richard, Ivory Joe Hunter, and Jaki Byard.
Art played and sang mainstream jazz since the forties world-wide, recently returning from his fourth European tour, this time with pianist and friend Overton Berry. He was working on a CD with his producer, Mark Lewis, when he fell ill. Besides music, he was a veteran of the Navy and retired from Amtrak.
Art played a hard swinging bluesy style with a big tenor sound. Those who knew him or saw just one of his performances will miss him. Art Foxall was one of the last Mohicans in jazz. His tenor sound came from the "footpattin'" Texas Tenorman which has defined mainstream jazz to many. He was a kind, honest and yet direct man who will be greatly missed by musicians, audiences, and probably anyone who knew him.
Born on April 21,1925, in Houston, Art Foxall began his musicianship at the age of thirteen with the clarinet. The sound wasn't big enough for him, though, and he was soon playing that Texas Tenor and listening to musicians from his area like Arnette Cobb and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vincent.
Art began his Professional career by playing in a band led by Amos Milburn. In 1943 he joined the Navy and played a stint with the Artie Shaw band. Discharged in 1946, he decided it was time to seek more formal education and enrolled in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. He continued from "49 to 51" at the Schillinger House of Music (now known as The Berkeley School of Music). While in Boston,Art led the house band for the "Hi-Hat" jazzclub. Some of the people who have played in Art's bands include Jaki Byard,G.C.Gryce, Alan Dawson, H.B. Barnum, Joe Gordon and Sam Rivers. Art was also featured on the same stage with the legendary Charlie Parker.
The tenor man has been featured with such outstanding performers as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn, Cat Anderson and Roy Eldridge. In 1960 he signed a contract with Dot Records and recorded with Ivory Joe Hunter and Little Richard. After playing concerts at the Apollo Theater in New York City, he moved to LA and played extensively with his trio. In 1975, after playing Las Vegas, he worked for Sitmar Cruises, to get away from the fast life for awhile, but his drummer, Frank Valley, passed away at sea and that marked the end of public appearances for a time.
The end of 1976 brought Foxall to "Seattle where he was recorded by Audio Daddio Records for scat vocalist, Vonne Griffin. This prompted the company to arrange a tour in Europe for Art, along with a recording date in Holland
His first LP, "Young and Old" led Art to find success not only in his adopted home, Seattle but in Europe and on tours up and down the West Coast including Alaska. The album also reached number one on the jazz charts in Houston, Texas.
If you are looking for a sound that swings hard yet gives you that down home feeling, keep your ears open for the Big Tenor Sound, Art Foxall.
Gig harbor(Wa.),Bellevue Community College (Wa.),Sitmar Cruise Ship (Alaska),Heineken Jazz Festival (Holland), Everett Symphony(Wa.), Conway Jazz Festival(Wa.),Kirkland Jazz Festival (Wa), The 4th Annual Jazz Festival at The Manor (Wa.)
Appearances in "Roaring 20's" series with Dorothy Provine. Appearances on several occasions,
"Turkey Trot",1950,Dot Records "Young and Old", 1985, Audio Daddio "Art's Back in Town",1987 Audio Daddio, "Sound of Lopez Island", 1988, A.F. "Blue Fox", 1990,Audio Daddio
"Conway Jazz Festival",1989,produced by Trish Hatley
ARTIST PEFORMED WITH:
Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Amos Milbur, Lester "Wintertime" Williams, Diane Schuur, Jessie Price, Ivory Joe Hunter, Steve Allen, Arnett Cobb, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vincent, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sam River, Overton Berry, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Artie Shaw, Joe Gordon, Louis Armstrong, Cat Anderson, Roy Eldridge, Little Richard, Vonne Griffin, Mark Lewis.
The Everett Symphony-"Swing In The Spring"1991 Seattle,Wa.-Performed at a party for Oprah Winfrey at the Columbia Tower,1992
New York: Apollo Theatre 1951
Washington: Radisson Hotel(SeaTac), Marriott Hotel(SeaTac), Conway Tavern(Conway), New Orleans Restaurant, Pamells, Sheraton Hotel, Olympic Hotel, and Columbia Tower(Seattle), Holiday Inn, Hyatt Regency and The Lake Club(Bellevue), Salish Lodge(Issaquah), Useless Bay, Country Club(Whidbey Island), Embassy Suites Hotel, Lynnwood and Bellevue, Microsoft Picnic at Mountain Meadows, North Bend, for more than 13,000 people. Summer Nights Series, August 10,1944, Woodmark Hotel, Carillon Point,Kirland. Skansonia Charters,September 1994(Seattle). Westin hotel with Manhatten Transfer-April 11,199?,(Seattle). Appeared at Ground Coffie in April 30,1999(Tacoma)
Holland: Barbiertje(Hellevoetsluis), Laurel and Hardy(Spijkenisse), The Ditch(Schiedam), Cottage Inn(Rotterdam), Consul(Rotterdam). De "B" (Rotterdam), Caf6 Facet, The Caf6 Floor (Rotterdam), Dizzy's (Rotterdam)
Canada: Chauteau Lacombe(Edmonton), Railtown (Edmonton), Sheraton Hotel (Edmonton), Tekarra(Jasper)
Cairo, Egypt: Performance at the Marriott Hotel 1993 July Food Festival. January, 1994 and July, U.S. Food Festival, Marriott Hotel. Played at Queen of England's Birtday Ball at British Embassy 24,1994, played to sold out house at the Opera House, June28,1994 and also performed at US Embassy for Ambassador Walker. It is considered the largest U.S. Embassy anywhere in the world
Oregon: Red Lion and Holland Hotel (Medford). Three Star Restaurant (Portland)
Massachusetts: Hi Hat (Boston), Wally Paradise (Boston), Revere Ballroom (Revere Beach) Silver (Everett)
Maine: Crescent Hotel (Waterville)
Ohio: Rendezvous (Cleveland)
Texas: Uptown Mr. Abe (Houston)
California: Keyboard Lounge (Los Angeles)
Art Foxall died Monday August 25th 2008 in Federal Way, Washington . He was 83 years old. He lived at the "Life Care Center" of Federal Way during an extended illness, where his upbeat attitude was an inspiration to family and friends, as well as the Care Center staff. He is survived by his daughter, Tory Foxall.