Heads South

Heads South began as a one-off, a group of talented jazz musicians with a love for music from “Las Tierras Latinas” getting together for a single concert. It went so well that the guys really wanted to repeat it and the Band was formed.

Heads South has a five piece line-up which is led by pianist composer John Harriman and features top UK jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, drummer Buster Birch and New Zealander Tim Robertson on bass. The Band’s music has developed mainly around John’s composing which together with his arrangements of a number of well known classic tunes have created a repertoire of superb Salsa flavoured Jazz. This is premium Latin Jazz that appeals to the keen concert hall listener as well as the dancefloor lover. Its hallmarks are driving rhythms and distinct melody lines. Shades of Mongo Santamaria, Irakere, Tito Puente come to mind, Buena Vista Social Club with the excitement of Jazz and contemporary melody.

The band’s reputation has been growing fast in their relatively short existence. They have given sell-out concerts in the south east of the UK and performed acclaimed debut concerts in Spain - see short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KXNawKZuVI Their appeal also extends outside the diehard jazz fans, with most recently a requested performance at Rod Stewart’s after show party at London’s 02 Arena. Heads South “play Latin jazz like they've been doing it all their lives. Their musicianship is impeccable” says Nigel Willamson long-time music correspondent of the Times and Mercury awards judge, “ a refreshing cultural mix of players with outstanding jazz credentials...” The Gig Guide. “probably the best Latin Jazz group in the UK today” jazz promoter Derick Woodland. “Top flight trumpeter..firing rhythm section” Timeout

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Review of debut album Record Flight October 1 2010: “This exciting new project..specialises in sophisticated jazz-salsa. Cool, cultured and exhilarating...The start of something very special” The Musician

“Crisp, invigorating Latin Jazz..Waterman's mastery of this idiom suits Harriman's deceptively simple melodies to perfection” The Observer/Guardian Sep 26 2010

“An enjoyable calling card for a refreshingly unpretentious but musicianly band....bright, breezy and accessible...whatever precise musical category they’re operating in, the quintet infuse everything they play with appropriate pep and vigour..”Chris Parker Vortex Jazz Club Nov 1 2010

Heads South “play Latin jazz like they've been doing it all their lives

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Tito Puente Tito Puente
Bobby Shew Bobby Shew
Ry Cooder Ry Cooder
Machito Machito
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
Jimmy Bosch Jimmy Bosch
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