by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - FlipSide is Kenny Lavitzs recently released new album. West Linn jazz guitarist Kenny Lavitz has released a new album, “FlipSide of the Blues.”

Lavitz has been playing and teaching guitar in the Portland area for almost 20 years.

Known as a gifted artist and rhythmic explorer who blurs the lines between jazz, rock and blues, Lavitz grew up in New Jersey and New York, and there learned the rudiments of music. From there he moved to Miami where he became involved in musical studies and where the fertile mix of Latin rhythms, jazz and blues guided him along his musical journey.

Guitarist Kenny LavitzAfter his studies in Miami he attended G.I.T. in Los Angeles where he worked with some of the greatest musicians and teachers in the world. Upon completing his studies he spent several years touring with a variety of bands both as a lead guitarist and a vocalist.

With that apprenticeship completed, Lavitz formed his own band, touring for five years before settling in Portland.

He performs solo, duo and with a full band. He is also a featured local artist on KINK radio and currently plays clubs, private parties, festivals and special events throughout the northwest.

He is most excited about his original “BluesJam/FunkJazz” project called Kenny Lavitz Kombo, featuring Rudy Battjes on drums, Jon Hughes on bass and Tim Bly on saxophone.

Lavitz will be playing at Quimby’s at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 and at the Oregon Gardens Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

To hear and purchase “FlipSide” or learn more about Lavitz’s performances, visit

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