Lofton, an Austin-based jazz trumpeter, composer and producer, leads his side project, the Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, in the tribute which honors Miles Davis' influence on fusion of the 70s and 80s. The Jeff Lofton Electric Thang features Shelley Carrol on saxophone, Darin Layne on guitar, Austin Kimble on keys, Kai Roach on bass and Terrence McDaniel on drums.
It's trumpet meets electric guitar in a Miles-ian extravaganza," Lofton says of the group. It's a collaboration of musicians creating a free-form fusion ensemble whose purpose is to recreate and expand on the Miles Davis fusion of the 1970s and 1980s." Lofton studied composition at the University of South Carolina. Since moving to Austin he's been voted Best Jazz Band at the '10-'11 Austin Music Awards during SXSW; January 15, 2009 was named Jeff Lofton Day" by the City of Austin; and he was inducted into the Texas Music Museum. The Austin American-Statesman's 2010 Out and About 500: Music list noted his ubiquitous presence and articulate advocacy." His album, Jazz to the People," made the 2009 top albums lists for the Austin Chronicle and KUT. Lofton performed original music in the Austin indie film A Swingin' Trio" which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2011 and continues to be accepted into film festivals from San Diego to Montreal. Also in 2011, The Jeff Lofton Quartet performed a sold- out tribute to the Bossa Nova king, Jobim, at the Cactus Cafe. In 2012 Lofton opened the TEDxAustin conference accompanied by film composer Graham Reynolds.
Lofton recently completed recording a new album, Jericho, which will release later in 2013.
Shelley Carrol earned a spot in the Grammy Nominated One O'clock Lab Band. There he recorded two critically acclaimed CD's in 1990 and 91. During the same period, Mr. Carrol was invited to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra by trumpeter Barry Lee Hall. This would prove to be an enormous musical opportunity with worldwide exposure. Since joining the band, he has toured the U.S. and over 30 foreign countries. He has also recorded and/ or performed with Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, Roger Waters, Marla Gibbs, Maureen McGovern, Marchel Ivery, Kirk Whalum, Tony Bennet, Roy Hargrove, Fingerprints, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and a host of others.