Jeff Lofton's Electric Miles Tribute
Doors at 7:30pm. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door. Ample free parking at nearby meters and state garages.
Austin-based jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Jeff Lofton debuts his Electric Miles Tribute to honor Miles Davis' influence on fusion of the 70s and 80s. Performed with his side project, the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, the tribute features Darin Layne on guitar, Tony Bray on saxophone, Austin Kimble on keys, Kai Roach on bass and Terrence McDaniel on drums.
"It's trumpet meets electric guitar in a Miles-ian extravaganza," Lofton says of the group. "It's a collaboration of musicians creating a free-form fusion ensemble whose purpose is to recreate and expand on the Miles Davis fusion of the 1970s and 1980s."
Lofton is known for his successful 1950s Miles Davis Tribute which has received accolades such as "as good as the real thing" from the San Antonio Express News and called a "living history lesson" by the Austin American-Statesman. The show has been well-received at Iridium Jazz Club in New York, The Carver Center in San Antonio as part of KRTU Jazz 91.7 FM's Year of Jazz anniversary series, One World Theater in Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin in collaboration with their "Birth of the Cool" exhibit, and Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth.
In the tradition of Miles Davis, following the success of his critically-acclaimed 2009 straight-ahead, bebop album, "Jazz to the People," Lofton expanded his sound by forming the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang in 2009. The group has performed at private events such as Amplify Austin at the Long Center, at the San Antonio Jazz and Arts Festival and in Austin at the Saxon Pub, Antone's, Strange Brew Lounge Side and Flamingo Cantina.
The group's debut jazz-funk, rock, fusion album, "Chasing the Voodoo Down - Live at the Cactus Cafe" was released in 2011. The album includes Darin Layne on guitar, Tony Bray on saxophone, Austin Kimble on piano, Chris Jones on bass and Jason McKenzie on drums.
"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 in 2007 from South Carolina. 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).
Lofton studied composition at the University of South Carolina. Since moving to Austin 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.
The Jeff Lofton Trio performed original music in the Austin indie film "A Swingin' Trio" which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2011 and continues to be accepted into film festivals from San Diego to Montreal. Also in 2011, The Jeff Lofton Quartet performed a sold-out tribute to the Bossa Nova king, Jobim, at the Cactus Cafe, along with an Evening of Cole Porter. In 2012 Lofton opened the TEDxAustin conference accompanied by film composer Graham Reynolds.
Lofton recently completed recording a new album, "Jericho," which will release later in 2013.
Austin Scottish Rite Theater (View)
207 W 18th St
Austin, TX 78701
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