Named after the striking features on Wellington’s rugged southern coastline,
Wellington Heads have been playing in and around the capital city for more than 10 years.
Wellington Heads consists of three core songwriter-musicians, who engage additional percussion and horn players to form a larger live and recording band. Because of this approach, the band lineup can vary from a small 4-piece combo to a swaggering 8-piece ensemble, depending on the style of the gig and the size of the venue.
Wellington Heads have evolved their own sound through the influences of Kansas and New Orleans style blue jazz, the swinging rhythm n blues of Louis Jordan and Ray Charles, and infused with Pacific/Hawaiian rhythms and Latino feels. Their songs take a wry view of life with a distinctive Wellington flavour.
Sharp and energetic, Wellington Heads drags people to the dance floor, regularly delighting audiences at the Bristol and the Southern Cross hotels, and playing Wellington festivals, corporate and private functions. They are frequently invited to perform outside of Wellington, including at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, Manawatu Jazz & Blues Festival, and the Nelson Jazz Festival.
– a shot of short blue jazz –