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Thomas Heflin

Born: July 21, 1977    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Thomas Heflin

Jazz trumpeter Thomas Heflin is a rising star in the jazz world. He has been featured or mentioned in Italy's Jazz Magazine, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review and The International Trumpet Guild Journal among others. In 2005, he placed second in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in Seattle, WA, an event which was judged by jazz trumpet greats Ingrid Jensen, Terell Stafford and Scott Wendholt. While Heflin's style is unique and personal, it is firmly rooted in the traditions of jazz.”I'd say I'm most heavily influenced by Clifford Brown, Louis Armstrong, Nicholas Payton, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. My style is a mix of all of those different elements, both modern and traditional. I think it's important to know the history of the music and to incorporate it into your playing because it gives you more depth.”...
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Awards:

2nd Place Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition Seattle, WA 2005
”Heflin plays with a very fluid approach generating lines in a seamless, highly polished manner that is really a joy to experience.” -Gary Mortenson International Trumpet Guild

“His original compositions both reflect his classic influences while demonstrating he clearly has his own voice.” -Daisy Riprock Austin Daze

“Hefllin's playing is as strong as his conception of music.” -Bob Karlovits Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“A fluent trumpeter with a bright tone and a forward-looking style...” -Scott Yanow All Music Guide

“Heflin shows maturity beyond his years.” -Glenn Astarita jazzreview.com

“The CD is the extension of a charismatic leader with an innovative style who has the heritage of Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan, but who does not forget the lessons of Freddie Hubbard...” -Marco Maimeri Jazz Magazine

As a Leader

Live From Austin (Co-leader with Ron Westray)
Blue Canoe Records
2010
Featuring Eric Revis, Adonis Rose and Neal Caine

Introducing the New 5 (Co-leader)
Blue Canoe Records
2009

Symmetry
Blue Canoe Records
2007
Featuring James Williams

As A Side Musician

Blues Man From Memphis: More from the Musical Mind of Donald Brown
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Blue Canoe Records
2007
Featuring Stephon Harris, Gregory Tardy and John Clayton and Donald Brown

Love and Circumstances
Christabel and the Jons
Independent
2006

A Year in the Life of the Band
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Independent
2002

One For the Team!
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Independent
2001

The Music of Donald Brown
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Independent
2000

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Primary Instrument:
Trumpet

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
Assistant Instructor
University of Texas, Fall 2006 to present – Teaching a 120-student Jazz Appreciation lecture course.

Instructor
University of Tennessee, Summer 2005 – Instructor for a non-credit Jazz History course

Instructor
Knoxville Youth Jazz Orchestra, Spring 2005 – Assisted in directing a big band of the area’s best high school jazz students

Adjunct Professor/Brass Instructor
Roane State Community College, Spring and Fall 2003, Spring 2005 – Taught private brass lessons and a Music Appreciation course

Assistant Director of Music Admissions/Graduate Assistant
William Paterson University Music Admissions Office, 2000-2002 – Coordinated the day-to-day operations of the music admissions office

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Clinic/Workshop Information:
I am currently available to teach lessons or give masterclasses on a wide variety of topics including trumpet playing and jazz improvisation. I am also available as a jazz ensemble or combo coach or jazz camp instructor. To get a sense of my teaching philosophy, feel free to download several pdf documents on my website at www.thomasheflin.com. I am also available to give lectures on a number of topics having to do with jazz trumpet history and analysis. Please contact me for further inquiries.

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