"It's all I want, to play, and write, and present music that can really move people. No matter if they are the deepest jazz fans or a first-timer - I want to make music that inspires people, to do something that is unique, that hadn't been made before. We get a chance to create something that never existed until THAT moment. I love that."
The first recording with long-time friend, pianist/educator Ben Markley, The Return is a collection of original compositions that present the duo's collective love of swinging, soulful playing. Available on iTunes, Amazon and for purchase (hard copy $10 + shipping)
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New Jazz Order
Debut recording of Clint Ashlock, showcasing his long-standing big band New Jazz Order, which featured many of the musicians at the forefront of the youthful Kansas City jazz movement - Hermon Mehari, Kevin Cerovich, Michael Shults, Ben Leifer, Zack Albetta, Mark Lowrey, and more. Also features jazz legend Bobby Watson on two tracks of original arrangements and compositions.
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Here are a few cool things to watch and hear, and some new projects Clint is working on - come out and take a listen live!
Clint's quintet - unedited studio recordings from Ashlock, Michael Shults (alto), Andrew Ouellette (piano), Karl McComas-Reichl (bass) and John Kizilarmut (drums)
Phenomenal singer Jessica Paige, duo on "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor and John Legend
A new large ensemble exploring jazz and other influences, consisting of some of Kansas City's finest musicians
Here's "Next Stage"
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One of the longest-running groups Clint plays with, led by trombonist/composer Ryan Heinlein, TPH is a product of a wide variety of influences and styles, playing feel-good music for the people.
"Kansas City jazz is still a point of pride around here, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make a living at it. Most players who keep the sound alive have to be tireless and resourceful. One such example is Clint Ashlock, the guy who leads the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. As you’ll see, that also means playing his trumpet with various bands and getting up earlier than most musicians might prefer, so he can teach it too."
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Here is a list of available big band charts - they will be sent to you in PDF, via email after remission of PayPal or Venmo payment.
Each chart is $65 USD
Alfie (male vocal)
All That Jazz (female vocal)
Another Star (latin/rock)
Auld Lang Syne (swing)
Baba O'Riley (rock/contemporary)
Beale St. Blues (trad swing)
Bill Bailey (female vocal)
Blackbird (contemporary, female vocal)
Brooklyn Sometimes (contemporary)
Buddy Bolden's Blues (trad swing)
Cherokee (up swing)
Chim Chim Cheree (slow waltz, female vocal)
Defying Gravity (trumpet duet, contemporary)
Dippermouth Blues (trad swing)
Do You Know What It Means? (female vocal)
Doin the New Low Down (swing, male vocal)
Drop Me Off In Harlem (male vocal)
Embraceable You (female vocal)
Every Time We Say Goodbye (bossa/swing)
Got To Get You Into My Life (funk/rock)
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (contemporary)
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (swing/contemporary)
I Get A Kick Out of You (vocal - duet or solo)
I Got Rhythm (up swing)
I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart (contemporary)
If I Were A Rich Man (swing)
Ill Wind (walking ballad)
In A Mellow Tone (swing)
It Could Happen To You (swing)
It's Not Unusual (rock)
Jingle Bells (contemporary)
Little Drummer Bow (contemporary)
Mellow Yellow (male vocal, swing)
Minnie The Moocher (male vocal)
Minority (up swing)
Never Say Goodbye (bossa)
Nowhere Man (male vocal)
Prelude #2 (slow, soulful)
Reflections (ballad, alto feature)
Seasons of Love (rock, vocal feature)
She's Not There (rock, guitar feature)
Something's Coming (mixed meter, male vocal)
St. James Infirmary (contemporary, trumpet feature)
St. Louis Blues (trad swing/shuffle)
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (swing/latin)
Theme From Our Fairytale (straight 8ths)
Time Will Tell (contemporary)
Valerie (rock, female vocal)
West End Blues (trad swing)
With a Little Help From My Friends (rock, vocal feature)
Yine Mi Cicek (turkish waltz)
You Can't Always Get What You Want (soul/rock, male vocal)
Fit the Bill (Basie-ish blues)
Further Prophecies (up swing)
Hey Ron! (swing, F rhythm changes)
Ipso Facto (straight 8ths)
Laws of the Powerless (contemporary)
Legacy (up swing, trombone feature)
Sioux (contemporary, flugel feature)
Spiraling (mixed meter, contemporary)
Thursday Night at Mike's (blues shuffle)
Waiting (straight 8ths)
Rhapsody in Blue, featuring solo piano
this piece was commissioned by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra to evoke both the original Gershwin piano solo, as well as the many styles of Kansas City (and beyond) jazz history. 28:00
Taking a nod from Ellington/Strayhorn's masterpiece, Ashlock was commissioned to "fill out" the remainder of Tchaikovsy's ballet, creating an entire hour and a half of the Nutcracker Suite.