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Saturday, March 19 • 12:00am - 1:00am
Jeff Lofton

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In 2010 Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute traveled to the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, after drawing an impressive crowd at One World Theatre in Austin though competing with the first night of SXSW. 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 in Fort Worth. In November 2009 Lofton released his second jazz album, "Jazz to the People," with nine originals and interpretations of "Georgia on My Mind" and "Crazy." The Austin Chronicle placed "Jazz to People" in the Top 9 Austin Albums of 2009, and chose the Jeff Lofton Quartet as the critic's pick for best jazz band for their annual poll. Austin's NPR-affiliate KUT 90.5 placed "Jazz to the People" in the Top 10 Albums of 2009: DJ Picks. Called "... a delightfully swingin' affair..." by the Austin Chronicle, the self-produced album is receiving airplay from San Diego to New Orleans to Harlem and abroad. "Jazz to the People" features Alex Coke on sax, Red Young on piano, Chris Jones on bass and Masumi Jones on drums. Danielle Howle performs vocals on "Crazy." With his new project, The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, Lofton takes jazz to the iconic Cactus Cafe to record his third jazz album "Chasing the Voodoo Down live at the Cactus Cafe, ATX," in October 2010. Lofton launched the new group in January, which he describes as "... trumpet meets electric guitar in a jazz-funk fusion Miles-ian extravaganza - a collaboration of musicians creating a free-form, funk-fusion ensemble whose purpose is to recreate and expand on the Miles Davis fusion of the 1970s and 1980s." Recent shows include Antone's, Speakeasy and Momo's, and a "Bitches Brew" tribute at Lambert's. To honor Lofton's contribution to the local jazz scene, Austin's mayor proclaimed January 15, 2009, as "Jeff Lofton Day" in the live music capital of the world. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau selected Lofton's original, Shana's Song, for the Austin Music Vol. 8 compilation CD, released in February 2009. The Austin American-Statesman included Lofton in the 2009 Fortunate 500: Music lis

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Jeff Lofton

"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... Read More →

Saturday March 19, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Elephant Room