Born: December 14, 1959 Primary Instrument: Bass
Private studies in classical bass with Royce Lewis and Jeff Bradetich, Robert Hladky at the University of Oregon, Edward Rainbow at North Texas State University, Larry Zagonc at Portland State University. Cello Studies with Hamilton Chefitz at Portland State. Studies in composition with Bryan Johansen and Thomas Svoboda at Portland State.
1990: Bachelor of Science in Arts and Letters, Portland State University. 1994: Master of Science in Teaching, Portland State University.
1979-1980: Ludwig/Zilgian sponsored college jazz clinics series with University of Oregon professors, Charles Dowd and Edward Kammerer; 1983- 1986: Oregon Young Audience Association: Jazz: the American Art Form with Warner Bros. author/guitarist, Don Latarski; 1989-1993: Tigard- Tualatin Public School Distric. Taught 5th through 12th grade string orchestra, general music, electronic keyboard; 1993-1994: Undergraduate teaching assistant at Portland State University: teaching duties included theory I/keyboard I, assistant conductor of band and orchestra; 1993-2005: Adjunct professor of string bass, electric bass, low string techniques for educators at Willamette University. Adjunct professor of string bass at Lewis and Clark College. 1993 to present: Instructor of string bass/electric bass at Mt. Hood Community College, Reed College and Clackamas Community College. Presently active as a teacher at CCC for History of Rock, Music and the Media, Music Theory 1 and 2, Aural Skills 1 and 2, Music Fundamentals and at Reed as coach for jazz combos. Kevin is also an artist/clinician/adjudicator appearing throughout the northwest. Includes adjudicating duties for the Oregon Music Educators Association state music competition (3 years)....
Portland's very own Kevin Deitz really shines here with the release of Skylines. Kevin has had a wealth of experience playing bass everywhere from touring Broadway productions to the stage with the likes of Mose allison, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Sheena Easton and everyone in between. Equally at home on upright as he is on his 7-string Conklin, Kevin showcases his abilities on both instruments with musicality, style and grace with Skylines. Featuring all original tunes, the acoustic material is swinging hard and features many of Portland's world class musicians (all of whom I know and can tell you, these are some BAD cats!!). From lush and beautiful ballads, straight ahead jazz and the bop side of things, Kevin has wonderful tone, great intonation and some truly wonderful solos. He seems to favor a Brazilian approach when writing for and playing his electric 7-string Conklin. Some may draw a comparison to Patitucci's sense of time and groove (and great note choices!). At once pretty and aggressive, I found it all a real joy to listen too. I kept forgetting that these were friends & peers and, instead, found myself really digging the music and the players. I'm proud to say that this disc displays much of what makes Portland such a wonderful place to live and play.
George Fendel-Oregon Jazz Society:
Skylines, Kevin Deitz, bass. If you’re seeking proof that Portland’s resident jazz musicians more than hold their own with anyone, anywhere, check out Kevin Deitz’s array of original compositions featuring a plethora of Portlanders. Deitz writes melody lines that are contagiously swinging or elegantly flowing. And some marvelous Portland-based players are given generous opportunities to strut their stuff. A few examples: Paul Mazzio’s exquisite flugelhorn solo on “New Beginnings”; Tim Jensen’s flight on flute and John Stowell’s rarefied guitar work on “Arch Cape”; Tony Pacini’s sparkling piano solo on “I Forgot About You” or his more nostalgic side on “Romantic Novel”; the teaming of Mazzio’s trumpet and Renato Caranto’ tenor on “Sunny Side Up”; Mike Horsfall’s high energy vibes solo on “San Juan”; and George Mitchell’s tasty piano solos throughout. Kevin Deitz displays impressive skills as a composer, be it up- tempo romps, ballads or even Latin-tinged vehicles. He has long been admired (just ask the musicians) in Portland as a talented and versatile bassist. Now we get to hear what he’s been up to as a composer as well. He was wise indeed to enlist the assistance of some of our best jazz musicians. Origin, 2009, 49:54.
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
MST in teaching. Public school orchestra teacher, university classical/jazz bass instructor. By appointment. $50 1 hr. lesson.
Work with high school/college rhythm sections on achieving appropriate feel for various styles. Work with jazz choirs on achieving proper feel and phrasing. Theory addressed as needed.