Shiny Stockings is the story of American Composer/Arranger and NEA Jazz Master Frank Foster. Frank wrote and arranged some of Count Basie’s most popular tunes. Respected the world over, his music is played by every big band that has ever taken the stage, recorded by some of the greatest stars of the industry and yet, his name remains obscure to most Americans.
Frank’s story of perseverance and determination make him a fascinating character at the nexus of American history… The end of the Swing era, the birth of Bebop, The Korean War, The Civil Rights Movement and the current fiscal crisis are all part of this story.
Frank’s career is brought to life through interviews, rare photos and archival footage. Fellow Count Basie alumni, and friends like Bill Cosby, Jimmy Heath and Stanley Clarke provide an insider’s view into an aspect of culture and American History. The film is scored 100% with Frank’s emotionally charged music. Shiny Stockings entertains and teaches a lesson as we document the contribution of a true American Master, provide an unseen view into the history of Jazz and explore the true definition of success.
A stroke in 2001 left him semi-paralyzed and unable to play his saxophone, with no retirement plan, no pension and no medical insurance.
The film connects the dots of Frank’s career and uncovers a little known law that allows him to reclaim full ownership of his signature tune Shiny Stockings, providing an income and financial legacy in the twilight of his life.