Born: May 14, 1955
Bassist/composer Alan Lewine, recently relocated to Phladelphia, where he has recently reopened Owlsong Productions and released two CDs with his wife, Spanish soprano Ana Maria Diaz - Arded, Corazon, Arded by Ana Maria and Owlsong Sampler with a variety of material, new, unreleased and rereleased. He has also occasionally performed jazz, blues (with Johnny Never, including the CD Never Home), classical and flamenco-influenced music.
He first took up the string bass in 1978.
Never formally trained on the instrument, Lewine learned primarily by playing. Most of my early lessons were from pianists or guitarists who would yell at me when I played a wrong chord or drummers who threw sticks at me if I messed up the beat. Lewine considers bass great Milt the Judge Hinton, whom he first met in 1982, a mentor. Leroy Vinnegar was also a great inspiration when they frequently crossed paths around Portland, OR in the early 90s. He has received green room lessons from Ray Brown, Harvie Swartz, Major Holley and John Clayton as well. Lewine has worked with many of the great names in jazz over the years, in all styles - from trad to big band, standards to bop, modal to free, with a little blues, bluegrass, afropop, salsa and other bass-playing experience to spice his background. Lewine has made numerous appearances with alto madness saxophonist Richie Cole. He has also performed with clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Kenny Davern, sax masters Joe Henderson, Clifford Jordan to Henry Threadgill, Jim Pepper and Vinnie Golia, vocalists such as Anita O'Day and Mose Allison, pianists including Ronnie Matthews and George Cables, drummers Gus Johnson and Butch Miles, guitarists Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis, young turk Roy Hargrove, and old masters Sweets Edison and Carl Fontana to name just a few. His career was most active in the last century - from 1978 to 1994, mostly in the western US (especially NM, OR, WA, AZ, CO, CA)....