Winner of Best Jazz Album at the 2017 The Age Music Victoria Awards, Brenton Foster is an Australian composer, vocalist and pianist. He was the 2018 PBS FM Young Elder Of Jazz and presented his new work, Love, As We Know It, a collaboration with American poet, Christopher Poindexter, at the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Love, As We Know It was nominated for Jazz Work Of The Year in the 2019 APRA AMCOS and Australian Music Centre’s Art Music Awards and is slated for commercial release in early 2020.
Brenton’s compositions draw on influences from contemporary jazz, cinematic, and singer-songwriter aesthetics while maintaining an individual and authentic voice firmly founded in the Australian musical landscape. His acclaimed album, The Nature Of Light (Bold Future Records) was PBS FM Feature Record in May 2017. The album was included in The Best Of Bandcamp Jazz 2017 as the sole Australian entry. The Nature Of Light follows Brenton’s 2016 release, Two Cities, recorded between Melbourne and Manhattan. It too was recognised as a nominee for Best Jazz Album at the 2016 The Age Music Victoria Awards.
Brenton’s sextet also featured at the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival before embarking on a national tour throughout Australia. The Nature Of Light Tour saw Brenton and the band perform in capital cities and regional centres across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT in September and October, 2017.
Nominated: Jazz Work Of The Year - Love, As We Know It - APRA AMCOS & AMC Art Music Awards 2019
Winner: PBS FM Young Elder Of Jazz 2018
Winner: Best Jazz Album - The Nature Of Light - The Age Music Victoria Awards 2017
Nominated: Best Jazz Album - Two Cities - The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016
Winner: Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Jazz Scholarship
Winner: John Hoffman Young Jazz Performer Award
Winner: Dr Tommy Norman Jazz Piano Prize
Simply put, a modern jazz triumph… Foster is quietly forging a path to the upper echelon of the
contemporary jazz world.”
Chelsea Wilson (PBS FM)
“An endless supply of breathtaking moments”
Dave Sumner (Bandcamp Jazz Critic)
“Brenton Foster is one of the foremost pianists in Australia right now.”
Ross McHenry (The Shaolin Afronauts)