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Face to Face with Jeff from Kennedy Violins

Today we go all the way to the back of the shop and meet one of our luthiers on staff: Jeff Pomerantz.   Jeff is not only a talented luthier, he is also a very talented guitarist with a degree in Music Business.   Which means our customers can not only get quality string instruments from Jeff but, quality guitar lessons as well.

Jeff Pomerantz, Portland guitarist
Jeff Pomerantz, Portland guitarist

1. How long have you worked at Kennedy Violins?   Since June of 2014

2. What is your favorite thing about working at Kennedy Violins and why?  It would have to be a combination of learning about instrument setup/repair and the sense of community with the people I work with.   We all get along well, for the most part, which makes me look forward to coming to work everyday.

3. What is your favorite instrument that Kennedy Violins carries and why?  I like the Vitacek violin because of the unique sunburst finish and louder, present sound. It really stands out

Mikhail Vitacek Violin Outfit from Kennedy Violins
Mikhail Vitacek Violin Outfit from Kennedy Violins

4. What is your favorite band or musician?  As far as bands; hands down, Led Zeppelin.  My favorite musician changes with every season, and sometimes every week.

I rediscovered Paul Simon this past summer, but now that its raining all the time around here, Im really getting into a fall mood listening to Kaki King.

5. If you didn’t play the guitar, which instrument would you play?  Saxophone?  Sousaphone, Triangle. Yep, Triangle.

6. Which musician (alive or dead) do you wish you could play with?  Julian Bream

Julian Bream
Julian Bream

7. What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year?   Whatever projects/music I may find or become apart of…

8. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working at Kennedy Violins?  Either playing music, hiking, or going to shows around Portland