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NEWS

LIFE CHANGES

There have been so many changes in my life over the past few months. First and foremost, I became the proud father of a beautiful baby girl! Anna Breschine Heflin was born at Lenox Hill Hospital on February 23 of this year.

As if that isn't enough, I will be moving out of New York City in July. One of my life goals has been to teach jazz as a full-time college professor, and that's finally happening. My family and I will be moving to Tifton, GA where I have accepted the Assistant Professor of Jazz position at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 

Don't let the school's name fool you. While primarily known for their School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the jazz ensemble at ABAC is one of their crown jewels. The ensemble has already taken three European tours where it performed at festivals like the Montreux in Switzerland, the North Sea in Amsterdam and the opening of the Tour de France in London. The group has also been featured at the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival among others. I'm really looking forward to working with the students and faculty there to continue building the fantastic music program.


OLD NEWS

Me on the cliffs of Kalbarri, Western Australia

Me on the cliffs of Kalbarri, Western Australia

with Daniel Susnjar (drums), Chris Budhan (bass), and Josh Crothers (piano) in Geraldton, Australia.

with Daniel Susnjar (drums), Chris Budhan (bass), and Josh Crothers (piano) in Geraldton, Australia.

SUMMER 2013: FROM VIRGINIA TO AUSTRALIA

This summer has been a lot of fun. In June, I served as an instructor at the 3rd Annual Jazz Institute at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. I really enjoyed working with the wonderful kids there. Thanks again to everyone involved, especially Chad Eby, Michael Blanco, Daniel Faust, Cyrus Pace and Dylan Locke.


I was also fortunate enough to serve as the The Central Greenough Artist in Residence in Western Australia. While I was there, I performed at the Central Greenough historical settlement as well as the Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton, where I premeired a new piece, Land of the Setting Sun. I had a great time working with the kids at Nagle Catholic College and Geralton Senior College. Special thanks to the guys in the band for your beautiful playing: Chris Budhan, Josh Crothers, and Daniel Susnjar. Another special thanks to the people at the Central Greenough historical settlement for your unbelievable hospitality: Kevin and Elaine Freeman, Joao (John) Victor Leite, and Eden Doudle. Finally, thanks to Jo Tamburri and Michelle Jones at the Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park for letting me have a run of the place and pet the kangaroos!


UPCOMING CONCERTS

My group will be performing a tribute concert to the music of Freddie Hubbard on Jan. 2. For more information about the concert, see the recent write-up in the Knoxville Daily Sun, the Greeneville Sunand the Metro Pulse here.

I will be performing at the Shrine on April 2. The Shrine is one of the best live music venues in Harlem. This will also be a reunion of sorts with my good friends Quinn Blandford and Chris Conner, both of whom were on my first album, Symmetry. Be sure to save the date and join us uptown for some great music!The quartet is comprised of:Tom Wilson - keyboards, Chris Conner - vibraphone, Max Stehr - bass, Quinn Blandford - drums


THE KELLY POWERS PROJECT

with Harold Mabern, Vito Chiavuzzo, Austin Walker, Josh Paris and Kelly Powers

with Harold Mabern, Vito Chiavuzzo, Austin Walker, Josh Paris and Kelly Powers

I was fortunate enough to be involved in a recording with the Kelly Powers Project. This group has been performing regularly at Cafe Cielo here in NYC and we are excited to finally record Kelly's fantastic compositions. To support this project, be sure to visit Kelly's Kickstarter page here.


LIVE FROM AUSTIN HITS THE AIRWAVES!

Live From Austin was recently featured on Jazz After Hours, a nationally syndicated show on PRI, Public Radio International that airs on approximately 70 stations across the US. Live From Austin has also been played on some of the biggest jazz stations in the country from WBGO in New York to WRTI in Philadelphia to WCLV in Cleveland to WWOZ in New Orleans.

One of the best CD’s I’ve heard this year.
— Mike "Mr. Jazz" Gourrier, WWOZ New Orleans
This is a must-have CD!
— Tom Kiebzak, Beyond Bop Internet Jazz Radio
It’s top-flight stuff
— Greg Rickard, Kazi Austin

THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

...an energetic set of jazz of a world class level from the Lone Star State.
— Don Lerman, Cadence Magazine
Live from Austin is that rare recording that captures live fire.
— Donn Schaefer, International Trombone Association Journal
Westray and Heflin match perfectly, blending their styles in a balanced yet searching way over bebop foundations.
— Josep Pedro, All About Jazz
This performance is for anyone who enjoys original music ‘done right.
— David Bohnert, International Trumpet Guild

NEW RECORDING BY THE BILL MOBLEY BIG BAND

In April, I was honored to sit in on a tune with the Bill Mobley Big Band. I regularly perform with this amazing band on Monday nights at Smoke Jazz Club on 106th St. and Broadway in Manhattan. Bill is my favorite big band arranger on the scene today, and this album will be chocked full of amazing writing. The album was recorded in front of a live audience and will be available soon on the French jazz label, Space Time Records, so keep an eye out for it!