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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

NEWS: OBITUARY

T. Lavitz: 1956-2010

T. Lavitz: 1956-2010

FAMED KEYBOARDIST PASSES AWAY AT THE AGES OF 54 Keyboardist T. Lavitz died unexpectedly in his sleep on the evening of Thursday, October 7. He was 54 years old. In 1978, Lavitz was invited to join the Dixie Dregs, where he would remain as a keyboardist until their breakup in 1983. Since then, Lavitz released 7 ...

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T Lavitz: Back to School

Read "T Lavitz: Back to School" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist/keyboardist T Lavitz's School of the Arts (Magnatude, 2007) brings together guitarists Steve Morse and Frank Gambale, drummer Dave Weckl, bassist John Patitucci and violinist Jerry Goodman. It's a mouth-watering line-up which produces some real sparks, with its exhilarating unison playing and virtuoso performances. Where School of the Arts marks a departure ...

School of the Arts

Label: Magnatude Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Fairweather Green; No Time Flat; On Fire; Portrait; Like This; High Falutin

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

School of the Arts Featuring T Lavitz: School of the Arts

Read "School of the Arts" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Given the musicians assembled by pianist T.Lavitz on School of the Arts, it would hardly be hedging your bets to expect an out-and-out chops fest. What may come as a surprise, however, is that it is practically an all-acoustic affair. And whilst the tempo of the music is almost relentlessly fast, there are not so many ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

School of the Arts Featuring T Lavitz: School of the Arts

Read "School of the Arts" reviewed by John Kelman

It may be an all-acoustic affair (with the exception of electric bass), but School of the Arts bristles with fusion energy. That will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with even a few of the names on this project spearheaded by pianist T Lavitz, who first came to attention in 1979 when he joined The ...

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No Time Flat

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Label: Magnatude Records
Released: 2007
Duration: 3:01

T Lavitz And The Bad Habitz

Label: Intima Records
Released: 1989

From The West

Label: Intima Records
Released: 1987

Storytime

Label: Intima Records
Released: 1986


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