Keith Loftis

Keith Loftis has been described as one of the most dynamic jazz saxophonist of today. Keith was born in Dallas, 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.

 

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Excerpt from the feature documentary Michael Carvin: No Excuses (Release 2014)Michael Carvin/Drums
Jansen Cinco/Acoustic Bass
Yayoi Iwaka/Piano
Keith Loftis/Tenor Sax
Directed By/Oscar Sanders