Home » Jazz Musicians » Alan Lewine

Alan Lewine

Alan Lewine is a bassist and composer currently living in the Phoenix AZ region since 2020. He lived and played in and around Boulder and Denver Colorado in the late 70s, New Mexico through the 80s, Portland OR in the early 90s, DC for about 10 years starting in 1994 and then Philly for 14 years from 2006.

Alan founded Owlsong Productions in 1982, and released the first Owlsong album, Alan Lewine Septet: Original Jazz, in 1986. Alan has performed and recorded all over the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

Primarily a jazz musician, his influences and experiences include all forms of music – he has studied and played for example medieval Sephardic and Indonesian Gamelan, delta blues and afropop, flamenco and various fusions of the above, as well as all styles of jazz from trad to avant garde, and some classical.

Alan began playing string bass in 1978. He studied piano as a child, and later minored in composition and arranging at University when in his late 20s, while playing jazz gigs to put himself through school. Primarily a self-taught bassist, Alan learned from the more experienced musicians on every instrument with whom he had the good fortune

to play. The mentorship of Milt Hinton early in his career was a large boost. When he lived in Oregon in the early 90s, he had the opportunity to hang with and learn from Leroy “Walkin” Vinnegar and to work with a learn from many of the greats there. Alan has received “green room” lessons, counsel and encouragement from the likes of Ray Brown, Harvie S, Major Holley, Lynn Seaton, John Clayton

and Bruce Gertz.

Alan’s first recordings were released in the mid- 1980s and have received excellent reviews.media/press/reviews page>. Besides leading his own ensembles such as the Alan Lewine Xtet, the PDXtet, the Red Hot Peppers, the AfroJazz Xplosion and others, Lewine has been an in-demand sideman for touring musicians and 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, Dick Berk, Mel Brown (Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, etc.), Mose Allison, Butch Miles (Basie, Brubeck, Ella, etc.), Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Roy Hargrove, Jim Pepper and Bill Mays, and old masters like Gus Johnson, Sweets Edison (Count Basie), Mickey Roker (Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins etc.), Stephane Grapelli (Django Reinhart), Carl Fontana (Tonight Show Band) and many others. Once in the 80s he

Read more


"Lewine possesses a dark sound, powerful and foreboding."


Jazz Scene

"...a composer and a scholar in many of jazz's many-

splendored forms..." - Wayne Thompson, Jazz Society of


"...graceful bass work..." - Willamette Weekly


Another great review from the Music Librarian of the

Philadelphia Free Library: "I just wanted to thank all of

you for the amazing concert on Sunday. This was the first

pop-up where, not only did we fill up all the seats we

had out there, but we even exhausted the reserves I had

hidden in the wings. And since people kept wanting to

Read more

Israel "Cachao" Lopez
bass, acoustic
Ray Brown
bass, acoustic
Miles Davis
Milt Hinton
bass, acoustic
Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Sun Ra
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti


Album Discography


Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.