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A Swingin' Trio

A Swingin' Trio - Teaser Trailer from Tim Tsai on Vimeo.

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The Jeff Lofton Trio performs original music in the Austin indie drama A Swingin' Trio, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival. Since then it has been shown at the San Diego Black Film Festival, the D.C. Independent FIlm Festival and many more.

"...a tense tale of secrets, lies and revelations interspersed with the cool jazz stylings of the Jeff Lofton Trio..." ~ Slackerwood

"A Swingin' Trio is smart, dark, sexy and unexpectedly funny." ~ Culture Map

"... Like any great Austin enterprise, music is central to the production. A Swingin' Trio refers to the three characters in the film as well as an actual jazz combo, played by the much-acclaimed Jeff Lofton Trio. The group acts as a kind of Greek chorus, whose melodies and rhythms narrate the story as much as the dialogue." ~ Culture Map

Writer/Director Kelvin Phillips, Jeff Lofton and Producer Carla Jackson pictured above.

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 Jeff Lofton opens TEDxAustin 2012 with Graham Reynolds
(pause music player to left)

From TEDxAustin 2012:
"Virtuoso jazz trumpeter and composer Jeff Lofton, and pianist Graham Reynolds get 2012's TEDxAustin event started with a healthy dose of Jeff's original improvisational jazz inspired by images from photographer Dan Winter and words from attendee applications responding to
"What is beyond measure?"


The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang
"Chasing the Voodoo Down
- Live at the Cactus Cafe"

Available to download now at

In the tradition of Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton expands his sound and takes on a new challenge with his project, "...trumpet meets electric guitar... a la Bitches Brew... a jazz-funk fusion Miles-ian extravaganza."

The album includes Darin Layne on guitar, Tony Bray on sax, Austin Kimble on keys, Chris Jones on bass,
and Jason McKenzie on drums.

Click to watch the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang at the Long Center for News 8 Austin's music spotlight with Andy Langer.

"Austin-based trumpeter, composer and band leader Jeff Lofton is 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." - KUT 90.5 FM,
Click here to hear the podcast of the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang Live from Studio 1A
on Music with Jay Trachtenberg on May 12, 2011

"By Any Other Name," a Jeff Lofton original from "Chasing the Voodoo Down"
was the Song of Day on KUT on May 6. Click here for the free download.

Click here to read the Austin American-Statesman article
"Miles of freedom found in jazz" from May 14, 2011


Click link to hear the podcast from May 6, 2010
Jeff Lofton Quartet +1 and Jeff Lofton's Electric Thang
Live from Studio 1A on KUT 90.5 FM
Music with Jay Trachtenberg - with Music Director Jeff McCord hosting, and Austin Kimble on piano, Chris Jones on bass, Masumi Jones on drums, and Tony Bray on sax.

Jeff Lofton's
Jazz to the People

Austin Chronicle Top 9 Austin Albums of 2009

KUT 90.5 FM Austin's NPR affiliate
Top 10 Albums of 2009: DJ Picks


Now available at, Itunes or or in Austin at independent record stores.
The self-produced album includes nine original compositions by Jeff Lofton
and interpretations of Georgia on My Mind and Crazy

"... terrific ..." - Austin American-Statesman

"... 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

Podcast of JLQ on
KUT 90.5
Music with Jay Trachtenberg

Jazz to the People includes
Alex Coke on sax,
Red Young on piano,
Chris Jones on bass
and Masumi Jones on drums.

Featuring singer/songwriter
Danielle Howle on Crazy..
- “ extraordinary mind, a southern storyteller with a gorgeous sense of melody that should be pouring out of stereos everywhere.
She is one to be treasured.”
- New York Times



Podcast of JLQ on Dudley and Bob in the Morning

The Jeff Lofton Trio performs on KEYE TV's We are Austin Live.

Music with Jay Trachtenberg
KUT 90.5 (1.15.09)

Click here for the podcast of Jeff Lofton Quartet live from Studio 1A
with Alex Coke on sax, Rich Harney on piano, Pat Harris on bass, and Masumi Jones on drums
performing "Georgia," "Pfrancing" and "Shana's Song."

Jeff Lofton Day in Austin, Texas
Click here to see the mayor's proclamation from January 15, 2009, and hear "Shana's Song"
with Mark Nelms on bass and Masumi Jones on drums performing for Austin City Council.


AUSTIN MUSIC VOLUME EIGHT is the 209 compilation from the Live Music Capital of the World.
"Shana's Song,"
a Jeff Lofton original was selected for the compilation. The Jeff Lofton Quartet performed at the CD release party in February at Antone's along with Drew Smith, Kat Edmonson, Guy Forsyth, Dan Dyer, Jeff Lofton, Randy Weeks. The CD can be found online at, or at The Austin Visitor Center
Waterloo Records.


Jazz Therapy
Jeff Lofton Quartet
with Roland Haynes on piano,
Reggie Gison on bass
and Kenneth Salters on drums.
Recorded at SC State College, 2005.


"Jeff's trumpet flies onto tracks
like singing birds into morning sunshine.
… One of the best trumpet players
in South Carolina."
The State, Columbia, South Carolina






"Jazz Therapy draws on the old-school
be-bop styles of Miles Davis and
Dizzy Gillespie while also employing
some of the adventurous tendencies
and structures of John Coltrane."

Free Times, Columbia, South Carolina







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