LEW TABACKIN, FLUTIST AND TENOR SAXOPHONIST, is an artist of astonishing vision. His electrifying flute playing is at once virtuosic, primordial, cross-cultural, and passionate. His distinctive tenor sax style includes the use of wide intervals, abrupt changes of mood and tempo, and purposeful fervor, all in the service of showing the full range of possibilities of his instrument – melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically. Born in Philadelphia, he moved to New York City after his Army service in 1965. A few years later he married Toshiko Akiyoshi and moved to Los Angeles, where they formed the award-winning big band known as the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. In 1982 they returned to NYC, and Since then he has solidified his position as a major tenor saxophone and flute artist, both in live concerts and on recordings. In 1990 Lew released his first disc for Concord, Desert Lady, featuring Hank Jones, followed by the acclaimed I’ll Be Seeing You. Lew has also been associated with George Wein’s Newport All-Star Band, the New York Jazz Giants, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He continues to tour the world as a soloist, playing clubs and jazz festivals with his own groups. He is joined by Boris Koslov on bass and Mark Taylor, drums.