T. Lavitz

T Lavitz began his intensive study of classical and jazz piano at age seven. At the same time, the Beatles invaded America, igniting in T a lifelong love of rock music.

By twenty-two, he was asked to join the “rock, jazz, and everything else” instrumental band, the Dixie Dregs. It was a dream come true, because they were one of his favorite bands, even at that relatively early stage in their career.

This first taste of fame happened during the last few days of 1978, lasting until the band split in 1983, by which time T had been voted “Best New Talent” in Keyboard Magazine's readers poll and the band had garnered four Grammy nominations.

Since then, T has released eight albums as a leader, consisting mostly of his own compositions. Additionally, T produced the cult favorite, “Players,” which features stellar performances by Jeff Berlin, Steve Smith, and Scott Henderson. Some of the artists featured on T's other albums include fellow “Dregs” Steve Morse, Jerry Goodman, Rod Morgenstein, Dave LaRue and Mark O'Connor, as well as college alumni Danny Gottlieb and Bruce Hornsby. Other contributions have also been made by Alex Ligertwood, Maria Muldaur, Jeff Richman, Michael McDonald, Paul Barrere, Catfish Hodge, Oteil Burbidge, Dennis Chambers and many more.

In addition to the Dixie Dregs, T has performed around the world with Widespread Panic, Mothers Finest, Jefferson Starship, Billy Cobham, and Bill Bruford. As the list of critically acclaimed recordings grows, T says some of his favorite sessions were done with Nils Lofgren, Pat Benatar, The Bluesbusters, Peter Himmelman and perhaps most fondly “...I'll always be a Dreg”.

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School of the Arts

Magnatude Records
2007

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T Lavitz And The Bad...

Intima Records
1989

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From The West

Intima Records
1987

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Storytime

Intima Records
1986

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Extended Play

Intima Records
1984

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No Time Flat

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