OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
"Bandleader, trumpeter and teacher: Clint Ashlock is KC jazz's past, present and future."
Trumpeter/composer/bandleader 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, Clark Terry and Natalie Cole, as well as being a mainstay on the local Kansas City performing circuit, most notably with his ‘other’ big band, New Jazz Order, small group Forward, and as a member of various groups such as The Project H and the Marcus Lewis Big Band. Ashlock has produced a number of recordings, including “New Jazz Order,” featuring Bobby Watson, as well as a recent release with Denver pianist Ben Markley entitled “The Return.”
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, Kerry Strayer and Dan Gailey. 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, as well as winning the Downbeat Student Music award for best big band arrangement.
He completed his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at Fort Hays State University, and received two Masters degrees in Jazz/ Studio Music and Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He spent 14 years teaching at a number of area universities and colleges and is an enthusiastic music educator.
Clint has served as Artistic Director for The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra since August 2013.