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Heads UP! are a jazz quartet based in Essex, playing melodic modern jazz with a bluesy, funky edge...

...blending new takes on standard tunes with original compositions and a healthy dose of world rhythms.

After a search to find the right personnel, the line-up has now settled on Steve Duke on guitars, Julia Austin-Brenes on saxophones and flute, various basses from Steve Gee and the drums and percussion of Rick Wills.

Drawing upon their varied musical backgrounds and influences, but making music for the future, Heads UP continue to move forward in 2017.

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Gigs And Other News

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Heads Update #21

Gig - Fri 30th Jun 2017 - “Films Under Stars” (Movie: La La Land)
Outdoor Cinema Event - Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey.

Heads UP will be playing two sets from 7.30pm. Film starts: 9.30pm.
 - see website for details and prices. www.filmsunderstars.co.uk

Heads Update #20

The Heads UP! Tour of Essex continues... (catch us if you can).

- Sat 6th May - private party, Shenfield.

- Wed 10th May - The Railway, Clifftown Rd., Southend (8.25pm) - FREE

- Sun 14th May - Valentines Mansion (Walled Garden), Cranbrook Rd., Ilford - (12.55pm) - FREE

- Sun 21st May - The Blue Boar, Silver St., Maldon (3pm) - FREE

- Sun 30th July - Writtle Jazz Festival (all day) - see website for details and prices. www.writtlejazzandbluesfestival.co.uk

Heads Update #19

Gig - Wed 10th May 2017 - The Railway, Southend.

Heads UP make a welcome return to their occasional second home for another session of funky, bluesy, jazzy sounds.

Heads Update #18

Gig - Sat 3rd Dec 2016 - Eagle and Child, Shenfield

First appearance at this very popular public house.

Heads Update #17

Gig - Fri 25th Nov 2016 - Thorpe Bay Yacht Club

Another debut gig for Heads UP at this well known Yachting venue.
Please note: this is a MEMBERS ONLY gig.

Heads Update #16

Gig - Fri 21st Oct 2016 - RAFA Club, Cranbrook Rd., Ilford.

Heads UP make their debut appearance headlining at the Green Fair Music Club Showcase gig. Organised by Redbridge Music Lounge.

Heads Update #15

Gig - Wed 15th Sept 2016 - The Railway, Southend.

Once more onto the beach! Heads UP return to their occasional second home for another evening of bluesy, funky, jazzy sounds.

Heads Update #14

Radio - Thur 15th Sept 2016

Heads UP session for Michelle Ward’s ‘Eat My Brunch’ morning show on Phoenix FM.

Heads Update #13

Gig - Sun 14th Aug 2016 - Valentines Mansion, Ilford.

Another outdoor music event for Redbridge Music Lounge, this time in the lovely Walled Garden in Valentines Mansion. Heads UP on at 2.10pm.

Heads Update #12

Gig - Sat 2nd July 2016 - Fairlop Fair.

All-day outdoor family event including music sponsored by the Redbridge Music Lounge. Heads UP play a Jazz set (12.30pm).

Heads Update #11 - 06/06/2016

Gig #1 -  Sun 12th Jun 2016 - Shenfield - Outdoor live music event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. 12pm-7pm.
Near Shenfield Library. Heads UP on stage approx. 5pm.

Gig #2 - Wed 15th Jun 2016 - The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd., Southend-on-Sea. 8.30pm. FREE

Returning to The Railway with lots of new additions to the set.

Heads Update #10 - 23/04/2016

Gig - Thur 5th May 2016 - “LIFT 574” - 574 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AR. FREE
Located in the heart of Dalston, LIFT 574 is a bar and restaurant with fantastic free entry events including live music, dj’s, stand up comedy and movie screenings.

Heads Update #9 - 07/02/2016

Gig - Wed 30th Mar 2016 - The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd., Southend-on-Sea. FREE

Back once again by popular demand! Heads Up! head back to Southend-on-Sea to play The Railway Hotel. We look forward to seeing any familiar and not so familiar faces.

Heads Update #8 - 01/09/2015

Heads UP! Rehearsals Under Way

Having settled on a new and stable line-up, Heads UP! are working hard on new material to add to their existing sets of Jazz, Blues and Funk flavoured songs.

Heads Update #7 - 15/08/2015

Heads UP! Welcomes New Drummer

Heads UP! are delighted to welcome the newest member of the band, drummer and percussionist Rick Wills. Rick is a very experienced player and has worked in a variety of bands in a variety of styles, from Rock to Funk to Jive and Swing.

Heads Update #6 - 15/04/2015

Heads UP! Welcomes New Saxophonist

Heads UP! are extremely pleased to welcome saxophonist Julia Austin-Brenes into the fold. Julia will be bringing her saxes (Tenor/Alto/Soprano), plus her Alto flute, adding a new dimension to the bands sound. Rehearsals are currently under way and HU look forward to getting out and gigging again as soon as possible.

Heads Update #5 - 05/09/2012

Gig - Wed 26th Sep 2012 - The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea. FREE

Back by popular demand! Heads Up! head back to Southend-on-Sea to play The Railway Hotel. We look forward to seeing any familiar and not so familiar faces.

Heads Update #4 - 25/07/2012

Gig - Wed 1st Aug 2012 - The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea. FREE

Following their successful debut gig at The Railway, Southend-on-Sea, Heads UP! have been invited to return for another show.

If you missed them the first time round, here's another chance to catch them.

Heads Update #3 - 10/06/2012

Gig (debut) - Wed 20th June 2012 - The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea. FREE

Catch us live for the first time at The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, on Wednesday 20th June, 2012.

Wha’ d’ya mean, you missed it!?!

Heads Update #2 - 03/06/2012

New Photo Gallery Collection...

New promotional images of the band can be viewed at the Gallery page.

Heads Update #1 - 01/06/2012

New Audio Tracks Coming Soon...

We’ll be adding new mp3 recordings just as soon as we can find some change for the electric meter.