Alan Bio (Short)

Alan Lewine is a bassist and composer currently living in the Philadelphia region and the founder of Owlsong Productions. Lewine has performed and recorded all over the U.S., Europe and Latin America.  His influences include all forms of music. By way of example, his latest project, Soprano Meets Bass: Sephardic Treasures –sets medieval Sephardic songs in a jazz/flamenco/Mideastern style with a Spanish classical soprano singing the lyrics in Ladino, two American jazz and one klezmer musicians, an Israeli percussionist, flutist and shofar player, and Spanish flamenco guitar, percussion and piano.  Eclectic?  Yes, and previews have yielded high praise.

The main focus of a career launched in 1978 has been jazz, but Alan has performed with afropop stars as well as many jazz and some classical notables in major and minor cities throughout the US and in several other countries.  Alan began playing string bass in 1978. He studied piano as a child, and later studied composition and  arranging.  Mainly an autodidact, Milt Hinton was a mentor early in his  career.  Other important bass mentors have been Ray Brown, John Clayton, Lynn Seaton, Bruce Gertz and Leroy Vinnegar. Alan also studied traditional Ghanaian (Ewe) percussion with Obo Addy and Balinese gamelan with I Nyoman Suadin, flamenco with Julián Vaquero and Victor Monge, and traditional country blues with Johnny Never.  Alan has worked with many of the great names in jazz over the years, including Eddie Daniels, Kenny Davern, Richie Cole, Joe Henderson, Clifford Jordan, Henry Threadgill, Vinnie Golia, Anita O'Day, Sheila Jordan, Mose Allison, Butch Miles, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Roy Hargrove, and old masters like Gus Johnson, Sweets Edison, Mickey Roker, Stephane Grapelli and many others.

Also a scholar, Alan taught music theory from a jazz perspective at Portland State University in Oregon and has written about ethnomusicology all subjects. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the International Society of Bassists and Philadelphia’s Jazz Bridge Project.