Art Foxall Collection MSS.0397
Art Foxall was born in Houston’s Fourth Ward on April 21, 1925, after his family moved from Louisiana to Texas. Mr. Foxall’s childhood was spent attending Blackshear Elementary and then Jack Yates High School. Mr. Foxall was one of many luminaries to surface from the music department at Yates. His musical career began with his playing the clarinet in the high school band under the direction of Mr. Abner Jones. After a short while, Mr. Foxall decided to play the saxophone exclusively.
Mr. Foxall developed a strong work ethic associated with his music. Throughout his career he never had difficulty securing work in a variety of venues including clubs, festivals and cruise ships; culminating in his goal to play with a symphonic orchestra. He is on record as saying that his primary objective in music is to play what makes people happy and that by doing this, he knew he would always be able to find work.
Following his service with the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, Mr. Foxall continued to play professionally and received additional formal training when he attended the Schillinger School of Music, which is now known as the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Fellow Berklee alumnus Quincy Jones associated with Mr. Foxall in Bremerton, Washington, in their early years.
Mr. Foxall has discussed his style of playing music as the ‘Texas tenor’ sound, which remained with him throughout his life. As of 2007, Mr. Foxall continues to bring joy to audiences with his unique style of ‘spirited basic mainstream jazz.'
The material in the Art Foxall Collection chronicles Mr. Foxall's life and his musical career. The collection consists of a comprehensive taped interview OH470 of Mr. Foxall on February 9, 1990. The interview is completely transcribed to 40 pages of text. The oral history interview tape is housed with the Oral History Collection. The collection also includes publicity photographs, Mr. Foxall’s recorded music and a video-taped performance.
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Art Foxall Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Art Foxall Collection. MSS 397. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.
Donated by: Art Foxall, February 9, 1990.
Processed by: Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan, April 7, 2007. Biographical note contributed by Tammy Jordan, June 25, 2007.
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