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Tokyo, 1988


Lew Tabackin preforms in Tokyo in 1988.

From 1958-1962 Lew Tabackin was a flute major graduating form the Philadelphia Conservatory.

During his early career he performed with Tal Farlow and doubling on tenor saxophone formed a combo featuring Elvin Jones, Roland Hanna, and Donald Byrd.

Lew married pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and the two toured japan together for about a year beginning in 1970 before moving to Los Angeles in 1972.

They organized the "Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band" and began performing Toshiko's original compositions and arrangements influenced by Duke Ellington.

Since it's formation in 1973 the band has come to be billed as the "Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra" featuring Lew Tabackin.

In 1982 he and Toshiko relocated to New York where Lew immersed himself in the Manhattan jazz scene.

Tabackin has been an ardent supporter of the "Jazz Foundation of America", an organization whose on going mission is to provide aid for elderly jazz and blues musicians.

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