Jeff Lorber: Live From Loews

Live from Loews, the concert series being launched at Loews destination hotels around the country, will present Grammy nominated jazz fusion keyboard player and Philadelphia native
Jeff Lorber for a free performance on Thursday, August 18 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Taking place in their Solefood Restaurant, the evening starts with local music entertainment and a DJ with “Cocktails and Conversation” when the doors open at 5:30 PM. The Jeff Lorber show takes place at 7:30 PM with a VIP Meet & Greet with the artist at 9:30 PM.

Lorber will be featuring selections from his new CD “Now Is The Time” from Heads Up International / Concord Music Group, which features expert re-interpretations of Lorber’s early work with his group Jeff Lorber Fusion.

Live from Loews will continue their monthly concert series on Thursday, September 15 with R&B/jazz vocalist Maysa Leak. The concert series is produced by Rene’ Miller.

Jeff Lorber is a keyboardist who helped pioneer the genre of fusion with a smooth sound that joins elements of funk, R&B, rock, and electric jazz. Born in Philadelphia, he began playing the piano at the age of four, and as a teen performed with a variety of local R&B bands. Lorber’s infatuation with jazz began during his stay at the Berklee College of Music, and after forming the Jeff Lorber Fusion he issued the group’s self-titled debut in 1977. During the first half of the following decade, the band became one of the most popular jazz acts of the period, touring nonstop and even scoring a Best R&B Instrumental Grammy Award nomination for the radio hit “Pacific Coast Highway.” Released in 1986, Private Passion was Lorber’s most successful outing yet.

He issued his first proper solo album – “Worth Waiting For” – in 1991 and remained both a prolific performer and producer for the rest of the decade. He recorded for Verve and Zebra labels in the 1990s before moving over to Narada in the 2000s and releasing successful smooth jazz albums like 2003’s “Philly Style” and 2005’s “Flipside.” He released “He Had a Hat” on Blue Note in 2007. His latest disc, “Now Is The Time,” delves back into his early catalog and reinvents some of the most compelling compositions from the Jeff Lorber Fusion heyday. It features contributions from an all-star lineup musicians like Jimmy Haslip, Eric Marienthal, Paul Jackson, Jr., Vinnie Colaiuta, and Randy Brecker.

The Loews Hotel is located at 1200 Market Street in Philadelphia. For more information, please call (215) 627-1200.

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