New York City based trumpeter and composer John Blevins has performed and/or recorded with Spike Lee's Brave for Moncler, Stew and the Negro Problem, The Total Bent, David Byrne's Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, Festival of New Trumpet Music, Wing Walker Orchestra featuring Jonathan Finlayson, Jason Palmer, Shane Endsley, Ralph Alessi, Michaël Attias, and Alan Ferber, Pericles at Theatre for a New Audience, Prospect Theater Company's The Underclassman and Iron Curtain, Royal Caribbean Cruises, iconiQ: The Soundtrack Orchestra, The Brawner Brothers' Ray On My Mind, Noah & the MegaFauna, Peter Lenz/Billy Test Large Ensemble, Drew Williams Nonet, Cerebral People Project, Spirit Animal, Morningsiders, Joe Gallant Illuminati Orchestra, Carol Lynn Townes, Atomic Funk Project, Line of Sight, Brooks Frederickson, Leave a Lasting Mark, and Actionplay among others.
After earning Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies in 2009, John moved to Brooklyn, New York. He received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at New York University in 2013, where he taught as an adjunct guitar and trumpet instructor and interned at Saturday Night Live with music director Lenny Pickett. While at NYU John studied and performed with Ralph Alessi, Alan Ferber, Kenny Werner, and Brad Shepik among others. John has also studied with Laurie Frink, Joey Tartell, Akira Murotani, Kevin Christenson, Dave Latchaw, and Tony Strebig.