Preview: Heads South heads out on tour

Latin jazz quintet Heads South, featuring trumpeter Steve Waterman, is set for a 10-date tour of England in the new year

There's an international feel to Latin jazz combo Heads South. Keyboard player John Harriman leads the band, which also includes trumpeter Steve Waterman and drummer Buster Birch. The British trio are joined in the line-up by Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido and Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, forming a quintet that plays what the band describes as "...sizzling Latin jazz combining Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in a dynamic repertoire of original and classic tunes."

Heads South has released two albums, 2010's Record Flight and 2014's On The Way, which combine standards from composers such as Horace Silver and Neil Hefti with Latin Jazz originals written by band members. In the past couple of years the band has undertaken a tour of Wales sponsored by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Arts Council of Wales, and was selected from more than 75 bands nationwide to receive a Jazz Services/National Touring Forum award for 2014/5.

The tour of England will take in 10 different venues during January and February 2016. The dates are as follows:

Sat Jan 16 - The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells - 9.45pm
Wed Jan 27 - North Malvern Arts Cooperative, Malvern WR14 1QP - 7.30pm
Fri Jan 29 - Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, Derbyshire - 7.30pm. Tel 01663 308202
Sat Jan 30 - Whitwell Comm Centre, Worksop S80 4QR - 7.30pm. Tel 01909 723490
Sun Jan 31 - Yoxall Hall, Staffs DE13 8NF - 8pm
Wed Feb 17 - St Martin-in-the-Fields, Jazz in the Crypt, London - 8pm. Tel 020 7766 1100
Thur Feb 25  -St Austell Jazz, Bosuns Charlestown, Cornwall PL25 4RS - 8pm
Fri Feb 26 - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter - 8pm (& workshop Exeter College)
Sat Feb 27 - The Pamela Hambro Hall, Stickland, Dorset DT11 0NT - 7.30pm
Sun Feb 28 - Studland Hall, Dorset BH19 3AE - 7.30pm

More information is available at the Heads South website.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by Brian O'Connor

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