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Loftis, Keith

Loftis, Keith, tenor and soprano saxophone; b. Dallas, TX, 9 February 1971.

He began on alto sax age 10; bari and tenor in middle school, focused on tenor while at Arts Magnet High School at Booker T. Washington in Dallas. From 1989-1992, he studied at Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX. From 1992-1993, he studied in the Jazz Studies B.A. program under Alvin Batiste, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. From 1995-1997, he went for his Bachelor of Music (B.F.A), completed 1997, at The New School for Social Research/Jazz and Contemporary Music New York, NY.

During 1996-7, he performed with Benny Carter's big band and guest Joe Williams in Washington DC. Keith is a permanent member of the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band, which also had Joe Williams as a guest in Tampa in 1997, and was touring with the late Ray Charles during his last years. He played at Clark Terry's wedding, Rockwall, TX, in 1992 or 3.

When not on tour with Frank Foster Big Band, Keith travels the world performing with a variety of artists from Europe through the Orient. He toured with Roy Hargrove in 1996-7 and with Christian McBride in 2000. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Brigitte Barnett-Loftis (married 2001) and also freelances around the NYC area. He's currently enrolled at NYU for his MFA in film scoring.

Recordings:
KRS-1 (1996 or 1997); Deborah Davis (2002); Roy Hargrove: RH Factor Hard Groove (2002); Frank Foster Big Band: Live Recording at Jazz Standard (2002)

Awards:
International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) (1991)
Outstanding musicianship and soloist award Clark Terry Jazz Camp (Iowa) (1991)
Outstanding Musician and soloist awards, 21st Annual Wichita Jazz Fest (1992)
Presented by International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) (1992)

Contact information:
www.keithloftis.com
kloftone@aol.com
718 399-1068

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