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, Nicholas Payton and Natalie Cole, as well as being a mainstay on the local Kansas City performing circuit, most notably as Artistic Director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, his own small groups and big band New Jazz Order, and as a member of various ensembles such as The Project H and Jessica Paige. 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.