Archive for January 27th, 2022

Thomas Heflin – Morning Star

Thomas-Heflin-Morning-StarThe roots of trumpeter Thomas Heflin have always been dear to him. He grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, and when he was young he took piano lessons. Thomas was listening to a wide variety of musical styles, but things changed when he took up the trumpet at the age of 11.

At the University of Tennessee, he fell in love with jazz. After that, he moved on to the William Paterson University in New Jersey, and studied there with Memphis-born pianist, James Williams. Finally after completing his doctorate at the University of Texas, Austin, he moved to New York City, where he played with a number of ensembles.

Next to that, Thomas served as Program Manager and Jazz Faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. But in 2014, he took the job of Assistant Professor of Jazz at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Brass at the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.