Addendum…Here is a great video of the Dregs from 2000, T plays great clavinet and piano solos. I still can’t believe he’s gone. WAY too early. Hurts like mad. So many good friends have passed recently. Grab those you love and keep them close.
My dear friend T Lavitz, the incredible keyboard player, passed away last week. T was a mentor and older brother figure from the time I was 16. He preceded me at the Interlochen Arts Academy by 2 years and had gone on to the University of Miami. He came back during summers to Interlochen and we wound up playing together in bands and becoming great friends. When it came time to choose a college I followed T to Miami. There he was one of the top keyboard players in town and introduced me to so many great musicians including Jaco Pastorius who he had played with. Eventually T got called by Steve Morse to come join the legendary band The Dixie Dregs. It was such great fun watching T become famous and play with such incredible musicians all over the world. We were always so proud of him.
I’ll never forget the night the Dregs were playing at the Roxy in Hollywood. I was backstage watching the show. At some point a small group of people joined me in the wings. I quickly realized it was Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays, Michael Brecker and Don Alias who had just finished playing a show with Joni Mitchell and had come to check out the Dregs show. T made sure I was invited to the party after the show and it was an unforgettable evening of listening to these great musicians tell stories.
I learned so much about life and music from my friend. He was an amazing musician, he was hilarious, he was a great guy and he will always be missed. RIP, T.