Lew Tabackin belongs to a rare breed of musicians. This Philadelphia-native shines both on the flute and tenor saxophone. He toyed with those two instruments during his high school days. After coming out of the Conservatory, he served in the U.S. Army for three years. Then, he settled in New York, where he played alongside Cab Calloway, among others. In 1968, he met with pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi. The pair got married, settled in L.A. and founded their own jazz band in 1972. Known as a fierce improvisator, Tabackin has since made his niche among the jazz élite. Down the road, he collaborated with many star musicians. In 2009, for instance, he toured with George Wein and the Newport All-Stars.