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The Jeff Lofton Trio, Quartet & Quintet play straight-ahead, bebop jazz of the 50s & 60s. The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang plays jazz-funk, rock fusion of the 70s & 80s. Please email for booking inquiries.
**New time 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Happy hour specials until 7pm
Ruth's Chris Steak House 107 West 6th St. at Congress
Sizzlin' Jazz in the Lounge
with the Jeff Lofton Trio
every Thursday for over five years.
"... take advantage of their happy hour prices ...then settle in for a no-cover-charge
of trumpeter Jeff Lofton's
meltingly gorgeous jazz."
- Austin Chronicle
Sunday Jazz Brunch Weekly 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. Zed's
501 W. Canyon Ridge Dr.
Austin-based jazz trumpeter and composer Jeff Lofton is featured in Macy's American Icons summer fashion campaign celebrating American landscapes and people.
In addition to photos in the print campaign and an interview online, the campaign features video of the Jeff Lofton Trio at their long-running residency in the lounge at Ruth's Chris Steak House at 6th & Congress, in Austin. Lofton has led the Thursday happy hour residency, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. weekly, for over five years and the trio includes Grammy-winning drummer Ernie Durawa and bassist Glenn Schuetz.
The campaign also raises funds to support American veterans through Got Your 6. Through July 4th for selfies posted to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #AmericanSelfie Macy's donates $1 to Got Your 6.
The campaign was shot in O'ahu, Atlanta, Austin, Havana, and San Francisco's Chinatown. The Austin segment of the campaign also features Austinite Todd Sanders of Roadside Relics.
The Jeff Lofton Jazztet made its debut at a show recorded for broadcast by KRTU 91.7 Jazz in San Antonio in their Rooftop Jazz Series at Artpace. The Jeff Lofton Jazztet delivers a high-energy show featuring the video artistry of VJ Chris Jackson. Known for his 1950s Miles Davis Tribute, the straight-ahead, bebop of his trio and quartet, and the jazz-funk rock fusion of his side project the Electric Thang, Jeff describes the jazztet as a combination of many types of jazz: “It’s more of an avant-garde rhythmic driven ensemble than the typical straight-ahead group, that also dips into more modern funk grooves.”
Jeff Lofton was invited to perform at SXSW as part of the Great Texas Acts.
This is his fourth year to perform at SXSW.
Winner "Best Jazz Band" 2010-11 Austin Music Awards
"Jazz to the People" - Top 9 Austin Albums of 2009 - Austin Chronicle
"... a veritable jazz virtuoso. Comparisons are frequently made to Miles Davis
– and rightfully so. Lofton’s take on standards frequently astounds,
and his originals
are equally delicious."
NPR-affiliate KUT / KUTX, Austin
"Compared to What"
A new single produced and arranged by Austin-based jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton from his upcoming album "Jericho"
a remake of the Les McCann / Eddie Harris hit "Compared to what" by Gene McDaniels
The Jeff Lofton Quartet plays "All Blues"
supporting Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute
from KUT 90.5 FM / KUTX 98.9 FM, Austin's NPR affiliate
live from the new Studio 1a
Music with Jay Trachtenburg, September 26, 2012
with Dr. James Polk on piano, Glenn Schuetz on bass
and Terrence McDaniel on drums 9-26-12
The Jeff Lofton Trio performs original jazz by Jeff Lofton on screen
in the Austin independent film written and directed by Kelvin Phillips and produced by Carla Jackson, A Swingin' Trio.
“A Swingin’ Trio is smart, dark, sexy and unexpectedly funny.” CULTUREMAP
“…The Austin-shot A Swingin’ Trio…a tense tale of secrets, lies, and revelations…” SLACKERWOOD
Austin Film Festival - world premiere 2011
Las Vegas Film Festival - Winner Finalist Award 2012
San Diego Black Film Festival - Nominee Best Drama 2012
Montreal International Black Film Festival 2012
D.C. Independent Film Festival 2012
San Francisco Black Film Festival 2012
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival 2012
with nine original compositions by Jeff Lofton and interpretations of "Georgia" and "Crazy"
"... hits the bull's-eye on this sterling local debut that digs a deep groove ... crafted a sound largely around Davis' formative quintet of the late 1950s ... embraces the blues and swings passionately ... reinforces the Miles connection with the deft use of muted trumpet on soulful strutters ... blows reminiscent of Lee Morgan's Blue Note hits of the mid-1960s ... a delightfully swingin' affair." ~ Jay Trachtenberg, The Austin Chronicle, Texas Platters, Music Review