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Jeff Lofton’s 1950s Miles Davis Tribute

April 29, 2017
8:00 pm

Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute Presented by KUTX's Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg Doors @ 7pm | Show @ 8pm Tickets: $35 - $45 "... 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 KUTX 98.9FM Austin "...as good as the real thing..." - San Antonio Express-News "Lofton's tribute to Davis like living history lesson." - Austin American-Statesman "...rejoice Kind of Blue fans." - Austin Monthly "bop nirvana" - Austin Chronicle The show features Davis' compositions and interpretations made famous by the first great Miles Davis Quintet during 1950 - 1959, and includes excerpts from "Kind of Blue." "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. 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). The show went on to launch a jazz series in collaboration with the Blanton Museum's "Birth of the Cool" exhibit at the University of Texas in 2008, and was then booked at Scat Jazz Lounge for it's Fort Worth debut. In March of 2010 "Jeff Lofton's 1950s Miles Davis Tribute" drew a large crowd at One World Theatre with the help of media sponsor NPR affiliate KUT/KUTX, though competing with opening night of SXSW in nearby downtown Austin. The show was soon booked at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York for their New Faces Series. In 2012 the tribute debuted in San Antonio for KRTU Jazz 91.7's ten-year anniversary Year of Jazz series at The Carver Cultural Community Center. The show was recorded and broadcast by KRTU Jazz 91.7 FM, and has since been featured in several regional performing arts centers. Lofton's debut at Snug Harbor in New Orleans included renowned drummer Jason Marsalis. Event Parking Information Secure covered parking is offered to patrons at the One American Center parking garage. For additional parking information, please click here.

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