Tennessee-born jazz trumpeter Thomas Heflin has been hailed as a fluent trumpeter with a bright tone and a forward-looking style by jazz writer Scott Yanow. In 2005, he placed second in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in Seattle, WA and has since been featured or mentioned in Italy's Jazz Magazine, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review and The International Trumpet Guild Journal among others.
A recording artist for Blue Canoe Records, Heflin has released three albums on the label. His 2007 debut album Symmetry was dedicated to the memory of pianist James Williams, who is featured on half of the recording. In 2009, Heflin produced and performed on Introducing the New 5 by the cooperative group, The New 5 and In 2011, he released his third album, a collaborative CD with Ron Westray, former lead trombonist with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The album also featured drummer Adonis Rose and bassists Eric Revis and Neal Caine.
As a former member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Heflin has performed with the likes of Hank Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Mulgrew Miller, James Moody, and Monty Alexander; recorded with Stefon Harris, Donald Brown, Gregory Tardy and John Clayton; and performed in festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ezcaray Jazz Festival, and Jazz a Vienne. Outside of the KJO, Heflin has performed in a professional capacity with the likes of James Williams, Vincent Herring, Donald Brown, andLou Rawls.