Lewis Barry Tabackin, born in March 26, 1940 is a tenor saxophonist and jazz flutist. He is widely known for leading larger ensembles with his wife Toshiko Akiyoshi since the 1970s. Lewis is said to be one of the very few jazz musicians who has been able to create two different musical personalities on two completely different instruments. He has created a hard bop style on the tenor sax and a delicate play on the flute.
Born in Philadelphia, Lew first took to the flute at the age of 12 which then led him to play the saxophone at the age of 15. Many of his influencers have been cited as Al Cohn, and Coleman Hawkins. He studied music with composer Vincent Persichetti as he studied the flute at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. After graduation from the Conservatory in 1962, Lew worked with the U.S. Army and then would follow to have his very own chair in The Dick Caveat Show and the Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen. in 1972 he moved to California after the Tonight Show relocated from New York, this would allow him to play with some well known musicians in California such as Shelly Manne and Billy Higgins.
Throughout his time he is still well known as a great supporter of jazz that he has become part of the Jazz Foundation of America. He has enlisted his help to save the homes and the lives of America’s elderly jazz and blues musicians that survived Hurricane Katrina. He has sat on Advisory Committee to the Foundation since 2002.
Much like Al Cohn and Coleman Hawkins, Lew Tabackin has become one of André’s greatest jazz influences. Much like Lew, André has learned to excel in many aspects of musical personalities thanks to his delicate soft vocals that reach such heights that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.