Drummer Justin Heaverin is a guy that I love to play with, because this guy loves to play. Even at his relatively young age, Justin has already had a wonderful career as an international performing artist and educator. Whether he's playing with country artists in Texas, heavy metal bands, avant garde jazz groups, or traveling to Peru, Argentina, or Columbia to perform and teach masterclasses, Justin is the complete package as a drummer and musician. Justin has been a staple in the Denton and DFW music scene since coming here to study at University of North Texas and is an in-demand player. Justin's playing is historically informed, coming from a place of strong jazz tradition, and yet Justin has the ability, conception, and (most importantly) the EARS to play in whatever style you put in front of him. Justin demonstrates a fluid feel, and even though he has phenomenal chops, I never feel like he's exercising those chops in a flashy, unmusical way. Justin's always listening, always interacting, always singing through his drums. Don't believe me? Listen to Justin play the melody of "Moanin':"
But let's put aside Justin Heaverin's musical excellence for a moment and talk about his genuine personality, serving attitude, and wonderful sense of humor. Justin is a guy that makes you smile and I'm so excited to see what he can add to this album.
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is a saxophonist/composer residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.