Jazz trumpeter Thomas Heflin is a rising star in the jazz world. In 2005, he made waves on the international jazz scene when he placed second in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in Seattle, WA. One of the most esteemed jazz trumpet competitions in the world, the event was judged by jazz trumpet greats Ingrid Jensen, Terell Stafford and Scott Wendholt. One reviewer from the International Trumpet Guild described his playing there as "a very fluid approach generating lines in a seamless highly polished manner that is really a joy to experience." As a former member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Heflin has recorded with the likes of Stefon Harris, Donald Brown, Gregory Tardy and John Clayton, as well as toured Europe playing festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ezcaray Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Vienne. Outside of the KJO, Heflin has performed in a professional capacity with the likes of James Williams, Vincent Herring, Donald Brown, James Spaulding and Lou Rawls. Heflin moved to Austin in the Fall of 2006 to teach at the University of Texas where he is pursuing his doctorate in music. Reviews of Symmetry: 'A fluent trumpeter with a bright tone and a forward-looking style...' -Scott Yanow All Music Guide 'Heflin shows maturity beyond his years.' -Glen Astarita 'Heflin's playing is as strong as his conception of music.' -Bob Karlovits Pittsburg Tribune Review 'His original compositions both reflect his classic influences while demonstrating he clearly has his own voice. -Daisy Riprock Austin Daze 'Thomas Heflin's Symmetry is the quintessential name for an album whose instrumentation is in perfect rapport.
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