Trumpeter/composer/bandleader/educator Clint Ashlock grew up in the Kansas City area. An in-demand musician across various genres, Clint is a dedicated and tireless contributor to the scene. He has performed with such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Nicholas Payton and Natalie Cole, as well as being a mainstay on the local Kansas City performing circuit, most notably with his own big band, New Jazz Order. Ashlock recently released that group’s first CD in 2012, featuring such musicians as Hermon Mehari, Mark Lowrey and Bobby Watson.
As a student of jazz, Ashlock reflects the lineage of his hard bop idols such as Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw, and his big band writing is heavily influenced by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and his teachers Paul McKee, Frank Mantooth and Kerry Strayer. Ashlock was recently featured as a soloist at the First Jazz Education Festival in Shanghai, China, and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia, in addition to performing locally.
He completed his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at Fort Hays State University, received two Masters degrees in Jazz/Studio music and Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Kansas. Ashlock is a faculty member at Johnson County Community College, Ottawa University and the University of Kansas.