Bio

Keith Loftis has been described as one of the most dynamic jazz saxophonist of today. Keith was born in Dallas, cialis online TX where he began his study of jazz and classical music as a child. He is a graduate of the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, with fellow classmate and two-time Grammy award winner, Roy Hargrove.

Keith received his B.A. in music from the New School for Social Research in NYC, and his Masters in Composition/Film Scoring from New York University. Over the course of his career, Keith has performed with several jazz legends such as Benny Carter, Cedar Walton, Nancy Wilson, Frank Foster, Alvin Batiste and Ray Charles to name of few.

Keith has traveled extensively around the globe performing regularly throughout Europe, Asia and parts of the Mid-East. He currently performs with legendary South African Jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim; Master Drummer, Michael Carvin; the Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band. Keith has also performed at VH-1’s “Fashion Rocks” with Mary J. Blige and Usher, and VH-1’s “Storyteller” again with Mary J. Blige. Keith also performs regularly at New York’s renowned hotel the Carlyle. In addition to performing live, Keith also works on film projects to broaden his film-scoring portfolio. He has performed music in the motion picture “Three Can Play That Game” starring Vivica A. Fox, and in the independent film, “Black Out” starring Jeff Wright and Melvin Van Peebles.

 

EDUCATION

2004-2006, Masters of Music (M.F.A.), New York University (Steinhardt School of Education) New York, NY

1995-1997, Bachelor of Music (B.F.A.), The New School for Social Research/Jazz & Contemporary Music, New York, NY

1992-1993, Studies for BA Jazz Studies, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Adjunct Professor – Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
New York, NY, 2004-2006

Instructor – Jazz Reach Program – United States, 2002-Present

Proficient in Sibelius Software (for notation); Logic Pro Software (for film scoring)

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Woodwinds & Theory, 2002-2004

 

HONORS & AFFILIATIONS

1992 – Outstanding Musician and Soloist Awards, 21st Annual Wichita Jazz Fest, Presented by International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)

1991 – International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Outstanding, Musicianship and Soloist Award, Clark Terry Jazz Camp (Iowa)

 

NOTABLE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Tribute to Sarah Vaughn – New Jersey Performing Arts Center 1999

The Jackie Robinson Foundation 1997

Frank Foster European Tour 1997

Frank Foster- Jazz Hall of Fame, Tampa, FL 1997 (Featuring Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, and
Tito Puente)

Roy Hargrove (Verve Recording Artist &
Grammy Winner)

  • Montreal Jazz Festival
  • Commour Jazz Fest
  • Village Vanguard, New York City

Benny Carter Big Band – Lincoln Theatre,
Washington, D.C. (Featuring Joe Williams,
Marlena Shaw and Joe Wilder)

Keith Loftis Trio Featured at Ray Brown’s Birthday Celebration

KRS-1 (Hip Hop artist) Studio Recording “I GOT NEXT”.

 

OTHER PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

2011

NAMM Show (Red Hot Sax Night II presented by Yamaha) with

  • Dave Koz
  • Jeff Coffin
  • Bobby Shew
  • Andy Martin
  • Jeff Kashiwa
  • Mindi Abair

Abdullah Ibrahim (South African & European Tour)

Michael Carvin & Life Force (Burgdorff Arts Center, NJ)

Jazz Reach Education

The Devil’s Music (The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith)

  • The Florida Rep Theatre, Ft. Myers, FL (1 month run)
  • St. Lukes Theatre, NY (9 month run)

Roy Hargrove (Marciac Jazz Festival, France)

Jazz Mobile Big Band (Tribute to Dr. Billy Taylor) featuring:

  • Dianne Reeves
  • Frank Wess
  • Jimmy Heath
  • Wycliffe Gordon
  • Charenee Wade

2010

Abdullah Ibrahim (European & South African Tour)

Roy Hargrove Big Band

  • Washington D.C Jazz Festival
  • Canadian Jazz Festivals (Montreal,Ottawa, and Toronto)
  • Monterey Jazz Festival, CA
  • Highline Ballroom, NYC

Anthony Wonsey Quartet (Ohio State University)

Jazz Reach Education Tour (CA, FL and Midwest)

Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel with Chris Gillespie

2009

European Tour with the Roy Hargrove Big Band

South African/European Tour with Abdullah Ibrahim

Hollywood Bowl with Roy Hargrove Big Band

Europe Tour with Michael Carvin & Life Force

Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle, NYC

2008

Recording with Verve Recording Artist Kenny Lattimore: Timeless/

Tenor Sax Solo: “That’s the way Love is”.

VH-1 Story Teller/Mary J. Blige 08

Mark Whitfield Recording-Tribute to Stevie Wonder: Songs of Wonder

Playboy Jazz Festival with Roy Hargrove Big Band
June 15th 08

Harry’s Jazz Festival- Singapore, Sept 4,5,and 6th 08 (with Grammy Winner Trumpeter Brian Lynch & Trombonist Vincent Gardener)

Blue Room Jazz Club with Michael Carvin Oct 18th 08

OTHER PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE (continued)

Apollo Theatre- Jazz Foundation with Frank Foster Big Band May 31st 08

Sammons Jazz Center with Wycliffe Gordon
May 7th 08

Bemelman’s at the Carlyle with Chris Gillespie
July and August 08

Scat’s Jazz Lounge, Ft. Worth, TX- Keith Loftis Quartet May 9th 08

Roy Hargrove Big Band Summer Stage, NY,
August 2nd 08

2007

Mary J. Blige & Usher-VH-1 Fashion Rocks Week, NYC

Roy Hargrove Big Band-New Orleans Jazz Fest

Michael Carvin Quartet- Blue Room, Kansas City, MO

Benny Green-13th Big Apple Tour, Nonoichi, Japan

Featured Saxophonist at Bemelman’s at the Carlyle, NYC

2006

United States Embassy, Armenia – Performance for President of Armenia with vocalist Judy Bady

Four Tops and The Temptations – U.S. Tour

Cab Calloway Orchestra

Roy Hargrove Big Band, Jazz Gallery
(Voted Best of 2006 by All About Jazz)

Keith Loftis – Featured at the Carlyle Hotel,
New York City

2005

Keith Loftis Quartet – Twins Jazz Club,
Washington, D.C.

Keith Loftis – Featured at the Carlyle Hotel,
New York City

Apollo Theatre with the Four Tops and Temptations

The New Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra – Blue Note, New York City

The New Cookers – Brooklyn Academy of Music

2004

New York University Big Band – Recording the Music of Teo Macero

Blue Note Jazz Club – Karen Francis, New York City

Blue Note Jazz Club – Jazz Reach, New York City

Keith Loftis Quartet – Blue Note Café, Beirut, Lebanon

Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra Album, Maria Juanez

Big Band New Jersey Jazz Fest, Frank Foster Big Band

Alvin Baptiste – Performance, Snug Harbor,
New Orleans, LA

James Spaulding Quintet – Tribute to John Coltrane, New York City

The Dells – Performance, New Jersey Performance Arts Center

The Four Tops and the Temptations – Performance

Fox TV – Fox Friends Weekend Show – Performance, Brooklyn Big Band

Sweet Rhythm, New York City – Performance, Recording Brooklyn Big Band

Jamaica Arts & Jazz Festival – Performance,
Frank Foster Big Band, NYC

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