Ronnie Foster

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Ronnie Foster
Birth name Ronnie Foster
Born (1950-05-12) May 12, 1950 (age 67)
Buffalo, New York
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Jazz
Jazz Fusion
Smooth Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Organ, Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Synthesizer
Years active 1970–Present
Labels Blue Note Records
Columbia Records
Associated acts George Benson
Notable instruments

Ronnie Foster (born May 12, 1950) is an American funk and soul-jazz organist, and record producer. His albums recorded for Blue Note Records in the 1970s have gained a cult following after the emergence of acid-jazz.[1]


Born in Buffalo, New York, Foster has performed as a sideman with a wide range of musicians. He frequently worked with guitarist George Benson, including playing electric piano, mini-moog, and composing "Lady" on Benson's 1976 album Breezin'. Foster has also played organ with Chet Atkins, Grant Green, Grover Washington, Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Roberta Flack, Earl Klugh, Harvey Mason, Jimmy Smith, and Stevie Wonder. His producing credits include albums by Brazilian artists Djavan, Guilherme Arantes and Pepeu Gomes. Ronnie was the musical director for "Smokey Robinson Presents: Human Nature" which appeared at The Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from 2009-2015.[1]


As sideman[edit]

With Chet Atkins

With George Benson

With Chayanne

With Grant Green

With The Jacksons

With Robbie Robertson

With Stanley Turrentine

With Stevie Wonder


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ronnie Foster > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 15, 2009.
  2. ^ "Ronnie Foster: The Racer". Retrieved 8 March 2011.