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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 start of trumpeter Jeff Lofton's meltingly gorgeous jazz." - Austin Chronicle

Jeff Lofton's
Sunday Jazz Brunch

12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
501 W. Canyon Ridge Dr.

Jeff Lofton
Electric Thang
jazz-funk rock fusion

Thursday, February 18

5326 Manchaca Road





Jeff Lofton Electric Thang
jazz-funk rock fusion
Thursday, February 18

5326 Manchaca Road





Look for Jeff Lofton in the
2016 Austin Dog Rescue
"Dogs Rock!" calendar!

Thanks to the TV show
Being Mary Jane" and BET
for featuring one of my tunes,
"Free Jazz Therapy,"
from my 2009 album
Jazz to the People.

Click here to buy the song or album.
Jeff Lofton accepting "Best Horn Player" award at the 2013-14 Austin Music Awards during SXSW 2014.

Jeff Lofton featured in Macy's American Icon campaign

New York Times Style Magazine, May 17, 2015

  • 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. 

Jeff Lofton
Electric Thang

jazz-funk rock fusion

Thursday, December 17
10 p.m.
Strange Brew Lounge Side
5326 Manchaca Drive

Jeff Lofton Quartet

Saturday, November 14
7 p.m.
Charles Bender
Performing Arts Center
611 Higgins St., Humble TX

Jeff Lofton Trio
Saturday, October 17

9 p.m. - 12 midnight
4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston

Click here to hear the Jeff Lofton Quartet performance from June 21, 2015
Austin's NPR-affiliate KUTX's Studio 1a Sunday Morning Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg

Click here to watch the Jeff Lofton Trio
on KEYE's "We Are Austin" from Monday, June 22.

Celebrate Juneteenth!

Jeff Lofton
Electric Thang

jazz-funk, rock fusion
with Darin Layne, guitar
Tony Bray, sax
Collin Shook, keys
Kai Roach, bass
Steve Mankenberg, drums

Friday, June 19
10pm $6

Strange Brew Lounge Side
5330 Manchaca Road


Jeff Lofton Quartet

Saturday, June 27
8:30pm, doors 8pm

24th & Guadalupe
in the UT Texas Union




Jeff Lofton's
1950s Miles Davis Tribute

" good as
the real thing..."
- San Antonio Express-News

"Lofton and his band were the keepers of the original cool jazz flame ...
his connection with
Davis' legacy was palpable." - Killeen Daily Herald

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 pm
One World Theatre
7701 Bee Caves Road

with Joe Morales on sax, Jacob Dupre on keys, Glenn Schuetz on bass and Steve Schwelling on drums

For more info, click here.
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Click here to hear the
Jeff Lofton Jazztet on
KUTX 98.9 FM Live from Studio 1A.

Jeff Lofton Jazztet
with Collin Shook on keys
and Jimmy Blazer on bass
featuring Kory Cook on drums
and visuals by video artist Chris Jackson

photo: Justin Brownell at Artpace

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 wins
"Best Horn Player"

- Austin Chronicle, Austin Music Awards 2013-14

and places 2nd in the
"Best Jazz Band" category



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

featuring vocals and guitar by
Carolyn Wonderland
piano and organ by the legendary
Dr. James Polk 
with Ryan Bowman on bass
and Terrence McDaniel on drums


Buy "Compared to What" now
at and other outlets.

For airplay and review download contact



       " good as the real thing..."
- San Antonio Express-News 2-19-12
review of Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute

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


Austin Chronicle Top 9 Austin Albums of 2009

KUT Top 10 Albums of 2009: DJ Picks

Available at, iTunes or, or, in Austin at independent record stores

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

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