We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Heffron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in Denver, and growing up in this city has been deeply impactful to my career and growth as an artist. From a young age a musician has numerous resources to draw from. There are so many incredible programs we have access to and that I was a part of, from School of Rock, Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA), among others were some after school programs I was a part of, that made being a musician seem like a real possibility. Getting to perform at venues all over Colorado showed me what it is like to actually perform. Once I had experienced that, I couldn’t get enough. These programs we have in this city also help introduce musicians to others their age, as well as put them in contact with the best musicians in Colorado and around the world. I still play with people I met in these programs, peers and faculty. Also we have an incredible arts school here in Denver, Denver School of the Arts. I was lucky enough to be a part of the very first guitar class there. This school brought me from someone who had an interest in music, to someone who could play, and who could succeed in the real world. These programs, and the people I met through them have shaped my career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel like the thing that sets me apart is the thing that often sets people apart. Being willing to learn. I never feel like I have everything together. I am always looking to grow, to find new ways of doing things, to better myself. I have found that if I am at a point where I feel I have something figured out, I am about to be exposed to a huge hole in my knowledge. My story is a story of growth. I want to find new sounds, new approaches, and fresh ideas to bring to my music, and others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we need to go to a show at Red Rocks. You can’t visit Colorado and not see our most unique venue. It’s something you wont find anywhere else. A trip to Dazzle Jazz Club, or Nocturne, would be a must. These are some of the finest Jazz Clubs on the planet, and consistently have incredible music. On a Monday night, we would go to the Meadowlark Bar. They have a jam session every Monday night, the best musicians in Denver hang there to play. Finding great food around RiNo isn’t hard either, we would need to go up and down that street where its easy to find some of Denver’s finest food. Hitting up some of Denver’s breweries and distilleries is another item on the list, places like Spangalang Brewery, or Stranahans distillery, are great spots to visit. Going to hear Jazz in City Park is another favorite. There are just too many things to do!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts! CCJA is one of the finest programs in the country, and it is unlike anything else out there. I highly recommend it to all aspiring musicians.