Jeff Lofton’s 1950s Miles Davis Tribute
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