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Lew Tabackin and Toshiko Akiyoshi: At Home

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin at home

Pianist and big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi and her husband, tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin, boast more than 4,000 bottles of wine in the basement of their three-story Manhattan brownstone. The home is a collector’s cove, a jazz fan’s paradise and a cigar connoisseur’s treasure trove.

“Don’t advertise too much,” laughs Tabackin in a hush-hush voice as he taps a lighted Cuban cigar against a handmade ashtray in the couple’s exposed-brick living room. “This is a Hoya de Monterrey Double Corona.”

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