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JEFF LOFTON'S 1950s MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE

BIOGRAPHY

"Austin-based trumpeter, composer and band leader Jeff Lofton is a veritable jazz virtuoso,” writes NPR affiliate KUT 90.5 FM in Austin. “Comparisons are frequently made to Miles Davis - and rightfully so. Lofton's take on standards frequently astounds, and his originals are equally delicious."

Lofton studied composition at the University of South Carolina and moved to Austin in 2007 at the age of 40. Since then he’s been voted Best Jazz Band at the ‘10-’11 Austin Music Awards during SXSW; January 15, 2009 was named "Jeff Lofton Day" by the City of Austin; and he was inducted into the Texas Music Museum.

The Austin American-Statesman’s 2010 Out and About 500: Music list noted his "ubiquitous presence and articulate advocacy." His album, "Jazz to the People," made the 2009 top albums lists for the Austin Chronicle and KUT. In 2011 his side project, The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, recorded a live album at the Cactus Cafe and performed at San Antonio’s JazzSAlive festival.


"Listen up Miles Davis fans…" from the Austin American-Statesman and "… channels Miles Davis…" from the Daily Texan were some of the early reviews when Lofton arrived in Austin. Mostly unknown to the local jazz scene, word-of-mouth drew people to hear his unique sound at small bars in East Austin. Soon his shows were being described as "...crazy good and crazy crowded." (Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman).

In March of 2010  "Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute" drew a large crowd at One World Theatre with the help of media sponsor KUT 90.5 FM, though competing with opening night of SXSW in nearby downtown Austin. The show was soon booked at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York. Previously the show launched a jazz series in collaboration with the University of Texas’ Blanton Museum's hosting of the "Birth of the Cool" exhibit in 2008, and was booked at Scat Jazz Lounge for it’s Fort Worth debut. In 2012 the tribute debuted in San Antonio for KRTU's Year of Jazz series, drawing a crowd of 550.

In 2010 in the tradition of Miles Davis, Lofton expanded his sound with a new group, the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, described as jazz-funk, rock fusion. The group’s first album, “Chasing the Voodoo Down - Live at the Cactus Cafe” released on May 14, 2011 at the Cactus Cafe in Austin. The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang also debuted a “Bitches Brew” Tribute and performed at Antone’s, Momo’s, Lambert’s and Speakeasy in Austin. KGSR DJ and Esquire writer Andy Langer called Lofton “an Austin jazz giant” at the band’s first television appearance on his News 8 music series from the Long Center.


 

VENUES & EVENTS

  • Snug Harbor, New Orleans, LA
  • Iridium Jazz Club, New York
  • The Shrine, Harlem, New York
  • Long Center Concert Club, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Rollins Theater, Austin, Texas
  • Amplify Austin 2013 launch party, Long Center Terrace, Austin, Texas
  • Scottish Rite Theater, Austin
  • One World Theatre, Austin
  • Cactus Cafe, Austin
  • Carver Community Cultural Center,
    San Antonio
  • Momo's, Austin
  • Antone's, Austin
  • Lambert's, Austin
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (Bar/Lounge)
  • Zed's, Austin
  • Lucky Lounge, Austin
  • Elephant Room, Austin
  • Blanton Museum at UT, Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute, Austin
  • Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin
  • Scat Jazz Lounge, Fort Worth
  • Blue Star Co-op, San Antonio
  • Annie's Cafe and Bar, Austin
  • Cissi's Wine Bar, Austin
  • The Driskill, Austin
  • The Belmont, Austin
  • Antone's, Austin - Austin Music Vol. 8 CD release
  • Victory Grill - Miles Davis Tribute debut and Sunday Night Jazz series, Austin
  • Reed's Jazz and Supper Club with Marc Devine Trio, Austin
  • Austin Light Bar, Austin
  • Kick Butt Coffee, Austin
  • Central Market, Austin
  • Barack Obama fundraiser, Victory Grill, Austin
  • Waterloo Ice House, Austin
  • Kirby's Fine Dining, San Antonio
  • Espana Mediterranean Cuisine, McAllen
  • Cine El Rey historic theatre, McAllen
  • Shenanigan's, Brownsville
  • The Irish Pub, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • Mac's on Main jazz and blues, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Hunter Gatherer Café and Brew Pub, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Group Therapy (club), Columbia, South Carolina
  • The Bop Shop Club (sat in), Chicago, Illinois
  • The Green Mill (sat in), Chicago, Illinois

EVENTS INCLUDE:

  • Amplify Austin launch party at the Long Center 2013
  • TEDxAustin 2012
  • Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute for the Year of Jazz, 10th anniversary series for KRTU Jazz 91.7 FM San Antonio 2012
  • Fredericksberg Food and Wine Festival 2010 & 2011
  • San Antonio Arts and Jazz Festival 2010
  • Jam for Justice 2010
  • City of Austin Mayor and City Council Inauguration Reception 2009
  • Tribeza Style Week 2009
  • Derrick Johnson Foundation Benefit 2009
  • Jazz at St. James Festival 2009
  • Jazzat St. James Festival 2008
  • Three Rivers Music Festival, Columbia, South Carolina 2007

AIRPLAY INCLUDES

  • KUT (NPR-affiliate), Austin, Texas: "Music with Jay Trachtenberg," "Aielli Uleashed," "Song of the Day," and the "Austin Music Minute"
  • KRTU, San Antonio
  • KLBJ "Dudley and Bob Show," Austin, Texas
  • GCN Network, "Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show," nationally syndicated
  • KSDS Jazz 88, San Diego, California
  • KOOP "Sounds Around Town" and "Non-breaking Space," "Under the X in Texas," Austin, Texas
  • WWOZ, New Orleans, LA
  • WHCR, Harlem, NY
  • KAZI, Austin, Texas
  • KMBH, Harlingen, Texas
  • WGJB Jazz Suite, Southfield, Michigan
  • WUSC, Columbia, South Carolina
  • SmoothAtlanta.com
  • Cathay Pacific Airline on board broadcast channel,
  • Hong Kong; Air New Zealand on board broadcast channel
  • London Times jazz critic Alyn Shipton's Jazz Cafe
  • SkyJazz.com
  • Public Radio International
  • Music Choice
  • Sirus Satellite Radio
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Live 365
  • Raphpsody
  • Yahoo.com

RECORDINGS

  • Chasing the Voodoo Down - Live at the Cactus Cafe , Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, 2011
  • Jazz to the People, 2009, Jeff Lofton Quartet
  • "Shana's Song" included on Austin Music Vol. 8, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau compilation 2009 release
  • Jazz Therapy, 2005, Jeff Lofton Quartet
  • Black Magic, DejaVoodoo, hip-hop/funk/jazz
  • Self-titled, Jahson, reggae

PRODUCER

  • Chasing the Voodoo Down - Live at the Cactus Cafe , Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, 2011
  • Jazz to the People, 2009, Jeff Lofton Quartet
  • Jazz Therapy, 2005, Jeff Lofton Quartet
  • Power to the People, DejaVoodoo, hip-hop/funk/jazz
  • Self-titled, Legend, R&B/hip-hop
  • Calling a Spade a Spade, The Gutsmen, R&B/hip-hop

PERFORMED WITH

  • Jason Marsalis
  • Dr. James Polk
  • Butch Miles
  • Tony Campise
  • Ernie Durawa
  • Marc Devine
  • Alex Coke
  • Ed Friedland
  • Masumi Jones
  • Chris Jones
  • Rene Sandoval
  • Jim Mings, Austin guitarist (now in South Carolina)
  • Ron Westray and Wycliff Gordon, trombonists, of the Wynton Marsalis septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
  • Fred Wesley, trombonist, of the James Brown horn section
  • Fred Hampton, saxophonist, of the Chicago A.A.C.M
  • Skip Pearson, saxophonist
  • Dr. Gregory McPherson, pianist, composer, teacher, Berklee School of Music
  • John Blackwell, drummer, Prince
  • Robert Gardner
  • Dr. Dick Goodwin
  • Dr. John Enkey
  • Teddy Linder
Phone: 512.809.6541 or E-mail: jeff@jefflofton.com