Kevin Deitz


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.

Teaching Experience:

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).

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Damian Erskine-Bass Musician Magazine:

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!!)

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Primary Instrument



Portland, OR

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


MST in teaching. Public school orchestra teacher, university classical/jazz bass instructor. By appointment. $50 1 hr. lesson.

Clinic/Workshop Information

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.




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