During his tenure with Santana in the 1970’s, Tom Coster made his mark as a keyboard player and
composer of versatility and power. Detroit-born and San Francisco-raised, Coster played piano and
accordion as a youth, continuing his studies through college and a productive five-year stint as a
musician in the Air Force. He then invaded the Bay Area club scene, soon acquiring his reputation as a
standout keyboard player. After successful tenures with the rock group The Loading Zone and jazz
guitarist Gabor Szabo, Coster was asked by Carlos Santana in 1972 to bring more jazz fusion influence
to that phenomenally successful band.
This historic alliance produced six classic Santana albums -- "Caravanserai," "Welcome," "Lotus,"
"Borboletta," "Amigos," and "Moonflower." Coster also performed on three Devadip Carlos Santana solo
albums (including "Illuminations" with Alice Coltrane)