|Birth name||Lewis Barry Tabackin|
March 26, 1940 |
Philadelphia, PA, USA
|Origin||Philadelphia and New York City|
|Instruments||Tenor saxophone, Flute|
|Years active||1962 –|
|Labels||RCA Victor / BMG, Discomate, Inner City, ...|
|Associated acts||Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Lew Tabackin Trio|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Jazz Foundation of America
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Tabackin studied flute at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and also studied music with composer Vincent Persichetti. In 1962 he graduated from the Conservatory and, after a stint with the U.S. Army, worked with Tal Farlow. He also worked in a combo that included Elvin Jones, Donald Byrd, and Roland Hanna. Later he would have a chair in The Dick Cavett Show's band and The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen.
He formed a quartet with Toshiko Akiyoshi in the late 1960s, and in 1973 co-founded the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band which later became the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin, playing bebop in Duke Ellington-influenced arrangements and compositions by Akiyoshi. Tabackin was principal soloist for the big band/orchestra from 1973 through 2003.
Jazz Foundation of America
Tabackin has become a great supporter of The Jazz Foundation of America in their mission to save the homes and the lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians including musicians that survived Hurricane Katrina. He sits on the Advisory Committee of the Foundation since 2002.
As leader or co-leader
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin
Akiyoshi - Tabackin Big Band compilations
With Maynard Ferguson
With Duke Pearson
With Donald Byrd
With Toshiko Akiyoshi Quintet
With Barry Miles
With Leonard Feather
With Tom Waits
With Shelly Manne
With Jimmy Knepper
With Louie Bellson
With Bill Berry
With Freddie Hubbard
With Benny Carter
With John Colianni
With Carla White
With Howard Alden
With David Lahm
With Jimmy Amadie
With Harmonie Ensemble New York
Awards and honors
Down Beat Magazine Reader's Poll winner:
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Big Band: 1976 (Long Yellow Road), 1977 (Road Time), 1978 (Insights), 1979 (Kogun), 1980 (Farewell), 1981 (Tanuki's Night Out), 1984 (Ten Gallon Shuffle), 1985 (March of the Tadpoles), 1992 (Carnegie Hall Concert), 1994 (Desert Lady / Fantasy).
- Jazz Album of the Year: 1976 (Long Yellow Road)
Swing Journal (Japanese jazz magazine) awards:
- Gold Disk: 1976 (Insights), Silver Disk: 1974 (Kogun), 1979 (Salted Gingko Nuts), 1996 (Four Seasons of Morita Village)
- Lew Tabackin 70th Birthday Celebration announcement (Ref for correct birth month - vs. birth month error in (Feather/Gitler's) Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies)
- Feather, Leonard, and Ira Gitler. The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies. New York: Horizon, 1976. Print.
- Down Beat Artist Profile
- archive.org. 2009-02-11. URL: http://www.archive.org/details/JonHammondJazzAngelspt.2-JFA_sWendyOxenhornonHammondCastKYOURADIO. (Archived by blogspot.com at http://www.archive.org/details/JonHammondJazzAngelspt.2-JFA_sWendyOxenhornonHammondCastKYOURADIO)
- Dryden, Ken, "Lew Tabackin: Jazz na Hradě (2010)," allaboutjazz.com. Accessed 2011 September 26.
- Mosaic Records, Mosaic Select Vol. 33. Accessed 2008 September 19.
- VIEW DVD Listing
- Down Beat magazine critic's poll winners database. Accessed 2007 October 4
- Down Beat magazine Readers Poll winners database "archives" Accessed 2010 March.
- LA Times (Grammy) Awards database. Accessed 2007 October 4
- Swing Journal (Japanese Jazz magazine) Gold / Silver Disk Award winners (Japanese link). Accessed 2007 October 4
- LEW TABACKIN home page
- All About Jazz, Fireside Chat with Lew Tabackin
- Lew Tabackin Interview by breakthruradio.com