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.
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Heflin plays with a very fluid approach generating lines in a seamless, highly
polished manner that is really a joy to experience.
International Trumpet Guild
His original compositions both reflect his classic influences while
demonstrating he clearly has his own voice.
Hefllin's playing is as strong as his conception of music.
A fluent trumpeter with a bright tone and a forward-looking style...
All Music Guide
Heflin shows maturity beyond his years.
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...
Willing to teach