PRESS FOR JEFF LOFTON
- Best Jazz Band & Top Ten Best Misc. Instruments - '10-'11 Austin Music Awards at SXSW, Austin Chronicle Readers Poll
- Top Ten Best Jazz Bands '09-'10 Austin Music Awards at SXSW, Austin Chroncle Readers Poll
- 2011 Out and About 500: Music
- 2010 Out and About: Music - Rising Music Star - "ubiquitous presence and articulate advocacy" - Austin American-Statesman
- 2009 Fortunate 500, Austin American-Statesman
- "Jazz to the People" Top 9 Austin Albums of 2009, Austin Chronicle; Top 10 Albums of 2009 KUT 90.5 DJ Picks
"The most visible jazzman in Austin, this fine trumpeter prides himself
in his Miles Davis-inspired playing and project concepts."
- Jay Trachtenburg, Austin Chronicle 3/16/12 "Texan Jazz" SXSW Coverage
"Ruth's Chris Steak House ... go on a Thursday, and you'll have the chance to hang around afterward, get a comfortable seat, and hear a local treasure, jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton." - Wes Marshall, Austin Chronicle 3/9/12
"Where to Find Custom Cocktails and Affordable Wines During SXSW"
"... 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 90.5 FM Austin
"Born in Germany and raised in South Carolina, Jeff Lofton's trumpet sound has become a striking force in Austin's music scene since moving there about four years ago. ... Lofton has proved to be a versatile, mature musician overtly combining straight-ahead jazz with fusion. His appealing, laidback character and soulful playing has certainly earned him a rising recognition not only in Austin but across the general jazz circuit. " Josep Pedro, AllAboutJazz.com
"The last time local jazzman Jeff Lofton graced the stage at the iconic Cactus Cafe it was for a sold-out Antonio Jobim tribute in August. Now Lofton returns ... for a show titled "Jeff Lofton Plays Cole Porter." As always, the music of this great composer will get an amazing treatment by one of Austin's most innovative creators. " Gabino Iglesias, Austin Post
"...critics have noted Davis’ influence on Lofton throughout the Austin-based trumpeter’s career. Lofton arrived in Austin less than five years ago from South Carolina, and with little of an established jazz scene around town, he blazed his own path ..." Texas Music Matters, Song of the Day, NPR-affiliate KUT 90.5 FM Austin (free download)
"...stretching out on convincing interpretations ... Like the originals, everything here unfolds in a very fluid, organic way, building a sturdy foundation and expanding outward. ... Lofton's original compositions, "By Any Other Name" and "Boo's Bounce," recall in their own ways the Caribbean lilt of Sonny Rollins. "Dizzy Pose So Moody" is a Latin boogaloo tip of the hat to the Gillespie/Moody/Pozo band." Jay Trachtenberg, Austin Chronicle, Texas Platters review of "Chasing the Voodoo Down - Live at the Cactus Cafe"
talented, open-minded musician, composer and bandleader, Lofton is faithfully committed to the music he plays. Here is a man with a mission: bring jazz power to the people, ideally contributing to return jazz to a central position in the life-art-business triangle." Josep Pedro, AllAboutJazz.com
"A Swingin' Trio - review - Austin Film Festival: Kelvin Phillips and Carla Jackson's first feature is a tense tale of secrets, lies and revelations interspersed with the cool jazz stylings of the Jeff Lofton Trio." Jenn Brown, Slackerwood
"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, who's melodies and rhythms narrate the story as much as the dialogue. - Austin Film Festival review" Katherine Craft , CultureMap
"To mention jazz in Austin, you must also bring forth a name: Jeff Lofton. A true virtuoso, Lofton's trumpet is unlike any other out there and the man, compared to none other than Miles Davis, jumps effortlessly between straight jazz, rock and jazz-fusion. ... Although Lofton is already an Austin institution, his latest record, "Chasing the Voodoo Down," has helped cement him as Davis' heir and a unique, wonderful figure in the jazz landscape." Gabino Iglesias, Austin Post
"Jeff Lofton is Austin's own Miles Davis." Austin Post
"Miles of freedom found in jazz" Austin American-Statesman
"I was thrilled to see Jeff Lofton win Best Jazz. Lofton has been a guest on our radio show a few times. He's a gifted artist, and all around wonderful and caring person." David Kobierowski, Austin Post / KOOP 91.7 A Neighborly Conversation
"Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which later played a set featuring Austin trumpeter Jeff Lofton, set out from HBO's Treme party at the Ghost Room led by the fancy heel-toe skipping of Darryl "Dancing Man 504" Young and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, resplendent in full green and gold traditional Mardi Gras Indian regalia. " Thomas Fawcett, Austin Chronicle, Day Party Crawl, HBO presents 'Treme'
"By the time Dirty Dozen took the stage ... And, by the time things started to wind up, Henry Butler and Austin jazzman Jeff Lofton were sitting in with DDBB, followed by Big Chief Boudreaux exhorting the crowd with the Longhair anthem “Go To the Mardi Gras” ... 504 in the house, indeed. - SXSW review: HBO ‘Treme’ day party at Ghost Room" John T. Davis, Austin American-Statesman
"Trumpeter Lofton hews closely to Miles, both post-bop and electric." Austin Chronicle
"This is jazz played the way it has always been intended... free of pretense & full of the spirit of life. " Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazznation
Video of the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang performing "In a Silent Way" on the Long Center Terrace
"... Austin jazz giant Jeff Lofton." - Andy Langer, News 8/Your News Now Music Series
"In The Key of Dad: Shana is a full-time presence in his life now. ... The song he wrote for her, "Shana's Song," was chosen for Austin Music Vol. 8, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau's annual compilation. It's also on his 2009 album, "Jazz to the People."" Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman
"Pay close attention to South Carolina-raised, Austin-based trumpeter Jeff Lofton. Heavily influenced by Miles Davis, Lofton has beautiful tone and an engaging repertoire. His latest CD, “Jazz to the People,” features 10 originals and covers of Hoagy Carmichaels' “Georgia on My Mind” and Willie Nelson's “Crazy,” featuring vocalist Danielle Howle. Lofton's not afraid to mix it up. Tunes on “Jazz to the People” range from the funky “Herbie's Time” to “Bucket ‘O Blues” to the aforementioned standards. It's a safe bet Lofton will earn some fans in S.A."
- Jim Beal, Jr., San Antonio Express-News
"Did jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton really immigrate to Austin just three years ago? ... Alone, with trios, quartets or quintets, he plays benefits and festivals - such as the first-rate Jazz at St. James Festival - and trophy venues like Antone's, Lucky Lounge and now One World Theatre. ... At that West Austin artistic hub, he will again assay his grandest project to date - "Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute" - on Saturday."
- The Arrival of Jazz Trumpeter Jeff Lofton by Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman
Feature article, March 10, 2010
February 12, 2010
Hannibal Lokumbe and Jeff Lofton
blow jazz parallels
by Raoul Hernandez
"... Lofton's tightly woven post-bop,
disciplined but spirited. Last fall's Austin debut, Jazz to the People, his second CD, braised local Top 10 lists with the lyricism of his silver horn... Blue Note precision... Typical for Lofton... from the heart..."
"The photo op... Lofton and Lokumbe blowing their trumpets- ... a generation apart, their stories trace the same spine, beginning in South Carolina, stopping early at Beethoven – Ninth Symphony (Lofton) and "Ode to Joy" (Lokumbe) – lunching on John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and finishing with Duke Ellington, both interviews." Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle
"Lofton's simmered blear meets Alex Coke's tenacious sax and Red Young's piano matte, while rhythmic coupling Chris and Masumi Jones lock in Blue Note precision. "Mouth of Gabriel," one of the session leader's originals, gilds the gutbucket. (on Jazz to the People)" Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle
"Critics Pick - Austin Music Poll: Jazz: Jeff Lofton" Austin Powell, Austin Chronicle
(podcast) JLQ plays "The Christmas Song" live on KLBJ FM Dudley and Bob Show, (Dec 4, 2009)
(video) Jeff Lofton Trio performs on KEYE (CBS) show We Are Austin (Dec 3, 2009)
(podcast) Live in Studio 1A, Music with Jay Trachtenberg, KUT 90.5 FM (Nov 05, 2009)
"... known for his unique blend of the old school and new styles of jazz, and critics have compared his sound to Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane..."
"Jazz to the People" Music Review
Austin Chronicle (Nov 27, 2009)
"...hits the bull's-eye on this sterling local debut that digs a deep groove... a sound that embraces the blues and swings passionately ... crafted a sound largely around Davis' formative quintet of the late 1950s. ...Lofton reinforces the Miles connection with the deft use of muted trumpet on soulful strutters "Headless Blues" and "A.I.M." ... Highlight "Herbie's Time" blows reminiscent of Lee Morgan's Blue Note hits of the mid-1960s.
... a delightfully swingin' affair."
"Top 9 Austin Albums of 2009: #6 Jeff Lofton Quartet "Jazz to the People" " Austin Powell, Austin Chronicle
Best Bet / Top Pick, Austin American-Statesman / Austin360.com (Nov 07, 2009)
"... who has made a big mark in the Austin jazz scene since moving to town in 2007 ... releases 'Jazz to the People' ... nine originals and interpretations of 'Georgia on My Mind' and 'Crazy'..."
Dale Dudley, Dudley and Bob Show, KLBJ 93.7 FM (Nov 06, 2009)
"... a great jazz musician..."
Best Bet / Top Pick, Austin American-Statesman / Austin360.com (Nov 13, 2009)
"... Lofton just released the terrific Jazz to the People... "
Joey V., Non-Breaking Space, KOOP 91.7 FM (Nov 07, 2009)
"... Jazz To the People lives up to its promise. Jeff delivers many different styles of jazz to music lovers - be it free jazz, hard bop or avante-garde. There's a little for everyone to love on this CD.
"Recommended Music, , Austin Chronicle (Nov 13, 2009)
"...Jazz at St. James ... Javon Jackson... who's played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and recorded for Blue Note.. superb veteran pianist George Cables... Louis Hayes, who hasn't he played with in his 50-year career? The locally busy Jeff Lofton Quartet opens Friday ... "
Austin-Artists.com (Nov 1, 2009)
" ... a phenomenal Austin asset, bringing a wealth of jazz experience and knowledge, along with a swinging horn to this city."
KUT 90.5, Austin Music Minute (06.19.09) "
... Lofton will play today with one of those legendary artists, who first began
performing in the 1950’s and still performs today. Jazz and R&B singer Donna Hightower will join the Jeff Lofton Quartet for a
Juneteenth African American Tribute show at the Central Market..."
Jeff Lofton at the Driskill Hotel Bar (5.30.09)
"a phenomenal jazz trumpeter." - Michael Barnes, Out and About, Austin American-Statesman/Austin360.com
Birth of the Cool B scene: Tonight at the Blanton [Art Preview (5.1.09)
Austin's own jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton and his quartet will be performing a Miles Davis Tribute set to get everyone in the mood to be cool..."
Austin Chronicle (2.27.09)
" ... you can catch a night of jazz
that pays tribute to the recording
from which the exhibition takes its
name: Miles Davis' landmark 1957
LP, Birth of the Cool. Trumpeter
Jeff Lofton, who blows a pretty
frosty horn himself, leads the
show, which covers Miles' 1950s
output in three sets. Sharing the
stage with Lofton at the Elephant Room, 315 Congress, will be saxophonist Russell Haight, pianist Rich Harney, bass player Mark Nelms, and drummer Masumi Jones. The show is Saturday, Feb. 28, 9:30pm."
Austin Eavesdropper (2.25.09)
"... this Austin-tony lineup at Antone's, and it looks like a pretty big deal. ... Also, someone who I've been hearing a lot about lately - Jeff Lofton and his jazz trumpet, along with equally astonishing dreadlocks - will be there. The Austin American-Statesman recently compared him to Miles Davis."
"Shana's Song," a Jeff Lofton original, was
for Austin Music Vol. 8, an annual
compilation produced by the Austin Convention
and Visitor's Bureau. The Jeff Lofton Quartet
performed at the CD release party at Antone's
on 2/26/09. The CD is available to purchase at AustinTexas.org.
Austin Chronicle (2.20.09 )
Random Play by Austin Powell
"The Blanton Museum of Art
opens its new exhibit, "Birth of the Cool: California Art,
Design, and Culture at midcentury," on Sunday, celebrating the confluence
of innovation that led to West Coast
modernism. Miles Davis, Chet Baker,
and Dave Brubeck, among others,
provide the soundtrack at various
listening stations throughout the exhibit, which also features album-cover art from the era. Jeff Lofton helps set the mood with his tribute... at the Elephant Room on Saturday, Feb. 28...
"Dining in Austin (2.18.09)
"... I'm really looking forward to the Birth of the Cool exhibit opening...
The (Blanton) museum has worked with all kinds of places around town to celebrate the exhibit
- including some really serious jazz music at the Elephant Room. Do yourself a favor and go see
Jeff Lofton play his Miles Davis Tribute there on February 28th. I've seen him do his thing on
Thursday nights at The Belmont and it has become one of my favorite weekly events."
Austin Texas Daily Photo (2.13.09)
"One of the reasons we love Austin is that you
find some fabulous music in nice bars with no
cover. The open air Belmont patio was pleasant as
punch last night and the wonderful jazz of the
Jeff Lofton Quartet was wafting out into the street
bringing strollers in as well as people like us who
put the gig on our calendar."
XL MUSIC, Austin American-Statesman (02.12.09)
Songs of the heart:
Musicians share the lyrics of love and longing that move them most.
by Michael Corcoran
"Jeff Lofton, blue cool jazz trumpeter and composer: 'My Foolish Heart' by Johnny Hartman, written by Ned Washington and Victor Young. 'Of the many love songs I enjoy listening to and playing, this combination of lyrics and melody creates a mood both nostalgic as well as inspiring. The lyrics tell a story of someone who's not done well with love in the past but is still willing to follow their heart even when their head tells them it may not be logical. Few songs leave you with a feeling of wanting, nostalgia and joy, based on love that's uncertain, but becomes certain all in the course of one melody.'" Click here to read the entire article. (podcast)
Jeff Lofton interview
"Got a chance to sit down with Jeff and talk some jazz. We discussed his history, the jazz scene here in Austin and his upcoming shows and recent achievements." Click here to listen to the podcast.
(podcast) Song of the Day, Texas Music Matters, KUT 90.5 FM, kut.org, (1.30.09)
"A welcomed Jazz interpretation makes it's way into
the Song of the Day annals. Jeff Lofton has been playing the trumpet for over thirty years. A South Carolina native, Lofton now calls Austin home. But his sound is something out of the 1950s and 1960s bebop of Chicago and New York. Lofton dropped by KUT last week before a gig at the Elephant Room and delighted onlookers with a beautiful cover of 'Georgia on My Mind'
Download (free)"Georgia On My Mind" performed live in Studio 1A on Music With Jay Trachtenberg.
January 15, 2009, was
"Jeff Lofton Day" in
Click here to see the mayor's
and "Shana's Song"
with Mark Nelms on bass
and Masumi Jones on drums
for Austin City Council.
Click here for the podcast of
Jeff Lofton Quartet live
from Studio 1A on
KUT 90.5 on
Music with Jay
with Alex Coke
Rich Harney on piano,
Harris on bass,
Jones on drums performing "Georgia,"
"Pfrancing" and "Shana's Song."
XL ENT, Austin American-Statesman (1.15.09)
In the clubs with Jeff Lofton by Joe Gross
"... jazz to the people and
people to the jazz: Jazz musician Jeff Lofton is
one of Austin music's recent
overnight successes, even
though he's been playing the
trumpet for more than 30
musician moved here
from South Carolina in
2007 and within a year built himself a name in the Austin jazz scene for his lyrical, ebullient playing...." Click here to read the entire interview.
Texas Highways - The Travel Magazine of Texas,
(11.08) Heavenly Music:The annual Jazz at St. James Festival, November 14 -
16, in Austin, will feature 3 days of excellent live jazz programming, including trumpet player Jeff Lofton
(right), legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller with saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman, pianist James Polk, and vocalist Pamela Hart. Sunday jazz masses feature the Leah Zeger Trio, Newman and Fuller, Buscando El Monte, and The Jeff Lofton Quintet. For additional details, check http://jazzatstjames.org (photo by dhillsphotography.com at Central Market)
Austin American-Statesman / Austin360.com Best Bets (09.21.08)
"The Jeff Lofton Quartet provides the soundtrack
for your easy Sunday mornings every week."
Austinist Show Preview: Jeff Lofton Quartet Jazz Brunch @ Waterloo Ice House Austinist.com (08.08.2008)
... Lofton's brand of jazz is in the Davis/Gillespie/Coltrane vein, sultry and sensual as a summer afternoon. Since relocating to Austin last year, Lofton's had a good run of it, playing to standing-room only crowds at the Elephant Room, gaining notoriety in the local scene in part for last year's well-received Miles Davis tribute, All Miles 1950's, which he and the Jeff Lofton Quintet brought first to the Victory Grill and then the Elephant room..."
Daily Texan, Austin, Texas (04.28.08)
“ channels Miles Davis” by Jack Frink
"...channels Miles Davis. ...Throughout the night, Lofton replicated Davis' trademark style very well, but still managed to bring his own personality to the music. …an expert example of how jazz music is always reinventing itself." Click here to read the full story.
KUT 90.5 FM, Texas Music Matters’ Austin Music Minute, Austin, Texas (05.30.08)
"If you've not yet been to a performance at The Elephant Room, it is highly advised that you make time to do so. And seeing the Jeff Lofton Quintet would be a great introduction to this revered jazz venue. The Jeff Lofton Quintet (they've performed as a quartet previously) combines a mix of jazz standards and original material written by trumpeter Jeff Lofton into the show." Click here for the complete text.
The Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, Texas (01.03.08)
“Austin trumpeteer makes RGV debut tonight” by Miriam Ramirez
"Critics in Austin give trumpeter Jeff Lofton serious kudos for his blend of the old school and new styles of jazz, comparing him to the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane." Click here for the complete article.
Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas (09.23.07)
"Listen up, Miles Davis fans. ...the virtuoso studied music composition and jazz at the University of South Carolina… with decades of experience under his belt … Lofton recently relocated to Austin where his ... jazz sounds can be heard as he leads the melodic Jeff Lofton Group."
Austin American-Statesman, Best Bets, Austin, Texas (06/24/07)
"...Jeff Lofton offers 'Jazz Therapy'...
"Free Times, Columbia, South Carolina (09/15/05)
"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."
The State, Columbia, South Carolina (09/01/03)
"Jeff's trumpet flies onto tracks like singing birds into morning sunshine. … One of the best trumpet players in South Carolina."