Growing  

up  

in  

Liverpool  

in  

the  

60’s,  

music  

was  

bound  

to  

be  

a  

big  

part  

of  

Steve’s  

life  

and  

so  

it

has  

proved  

-  

from  

seeing  

the  

Beatles’  

last  

Liverpool  

gig  

(when  

he  

was  

7!),  

through  

playing  

bass

in  

a  

jazz-rock  

group  

at  

a  

festival  

12  

years  

later,  

and  

via  

too  

many  

bands  

to  

name  

or  

even

remember   

in   

the   

years   

since   

then.   

   

However,   

despite   

playing   

music   

on   

several   

different

instruments  

and  

in  

many  

different  

styles,  

Jazz  

and  

the  

Blues  

have  

always  

been  

a  

huge  

part  

of

his  

musical  

life.  

  

His  

influences  

are  

equally  

varied,  

though  

he  

describes  

himself  

as  

“sitting  

in  

the

musical  

corner  

between  

Kenny  

Burrell  

and  

Grant  

Green”.  

  

Other  

favourites  

include  

Joe  

Pass,

Django  

Reinhart  

and  

Pat  

Metheny;  

amongst  

non-guitarists,  

Duke  

Ellington,  

Miles  

Davis  

and

Charles  

Mingus  

are  

huge  

influences  

–  

all  

great  

composers  

who  

had  

great  

bands.  

  

Steve  

would

like  

to  

pay  

tribute  

to  

those  

who  

have  

helped  

him  

along  

the  

path  

–  

amongst  

them,  

the  

late  

Len

Argent,  

the  

amazing  

Jonathan  

Kreisberg,  

the  

astonishing  

Mike  

Walker  

(who  

is,  

all  

in  

all,  

not  

bad

for  

a  

Manc!)  

and  

most  

of  

all  

Paul  

Higgs,  

a  

tutor  

beyond  

compare.  

Watch  

out  

for  

original

compositions from Steve starting to enter the Heads UP! repertoire in the near future.......

© 2017 Heads UP! All Rights Reserved. E&OE. Site by Basiq Design.
Julia AUSTIN-BRENES

Ten/Alt/Sop/Sopranino Saxes;

Alto Flute; Vocals

Julia  

was  

initially  

classically  

trained  

at  

Trinity  

College  

of  

Music,  

but

moved  

to  

Jazz  

and  

Blues  

after  

changing  

to  

the  

saxophone.  

After

working  

with  

the  

Richard  

Dobney  

Blues  

Engine  

for  

several  

years

Julia  

went  

on  

to  

play  

with  

Blues  

Brothers  

International,  

The  

Blox,

and  

a  

jazz  

four  

piece,  

Groove  

Therapy.  

She  

has  

recently  

become

involved  

in  

Latin  

Jazz  

and  

played  

at  

the  

annual  

Jazz  

festival  

in

Havana  

this  

year.  

In  

addition  

to  

playing,  

Julia  

teaches  

jazz  

theory

and saxophone in Adult Education.

Electric and Acoustic Guitars; Vocals

Steve Duke

Steve  

pretty  

much  

cut  

his  

teeth  

in  

the  

world  

of  

Rock  

music  

and  

is  

a  

founder  

member  

of  

Prog

rock  

band  

LANDMARQ  

but  

has  

also  

played  

in  

many  

other  

bands  

and  

within  

most  

genres  

of

popular  

music,  

including  

soul/funk,  

country/blues/folk,  

jazz/fusion.  

He  

has  

also  

played  

bass

with  

some  

fairly  

well-known  

names  

along  

the  

way,  

including  

Peter  

Banks  

(Yes),  

John  

Wetton

(Asia,  

King  

Crimson),  

Mark  

Brzezicki  

(Big  

Country,  

Procol  

Harum),  

David  

Cross  

(King  

Crimson)

among  

others,  

both  

in  

the  

UK  

and  

elsewhere.  

Steve’s  

love  

of  

Jazz  

also  

developed  

early  

on

when  

he  

discovered  

guitarists  

such  

as  

Wes  

Montgomery,  

Jim  

Hall,  

Joe  

Pass  

and  

Pat  

Metheny,

plus the sounds of Weather Report, Stan Getz, Tom Jobim, Miles Davis, etc.

Steve  

has  

many  

influences  

in  

various  

genres  

of  

music  

but  

within  

the  

world  

of  

Jazz  

bassists,  

he

has  

no  

hesitation  

in  

naming  

the  

likes  

of  

Jaco  

Pastorius,  

Stanley  

Clarke,  

John  

Patitucci,  

Tony

Levin,  

Nathan  

East,  

Percy  

Jones,  

Niels  

Pedersen,  

Ron  

Carter  

among  

his  

many  

favourites.

Among newer favourites is bassist Michael League’s band/project, Snarky Puppy.

(Website: www.stevegee.com)

Fretted & Fretless Bass Guitars;

Electric Upright Bass; Vocals

Steve GEE
Rick WILLS

Drums, Cajon and Percussion

Has  

been  

playing  

drums  

since  

he  

was  

9  

years  

old,inspired  

by  

the

instrumental   

“Foot   

Tapper”   

by   

the   

Shadows   

(and   

the   

precise

drumming  

of  

Brian  

Bennett).  

Developed  

a  

liking  

for  

modern  

jazz  

by

the   

age   

of   

thirteen   

after   

hearing   

The   

Dudley   

Moore   

Trio   

and

influenced  

by  

the  

many  

great  

players  

of  

the  

time  

and  

in  

particular,

the  

fusion  

of  

jazz  

and  

rock.  

Played  

in  

numerous  

bands  

in  

and  

around

Essex,   

anything   

from   

strict-tempo   

to   

hard   

rock,   

culminating   

in

occupying   

the   

drum   

chair   

for   

Southend   

based   

Prog   

Rock   

band

Chalice  

for  

10  

years.  

Next  

was  

a  

5  

year  

stint  

with  

local  

Mersea

Island  

based  

quintet  

The  

Moondance  

Band,  

covering  

Jazz,  

Ballads

and  

Swing.  

Now  

returning  

to  

indulge  

in  

the  

rhythms  

of  

Jazz,  

Funk,

Latin, Blues and World with Heads Up.

Heads UP! © 2017. All Rights Reserved. E&OE. Site by Basiq Design.

Growing        

up        

in

Liverpool  

in  

the  

60’s,

music   

was   

bound   

to

be    

a    

big    

part    

of

Steve’s  

life  

and  

so  

it

has    

proved    

-    

from

seeing    

the    

Beatles’

last     

Liverpool     

gig

(when    

he    

was    

7!),

through   

playing   

bass

in   

a   

jazz-rock   

group   

at   

a   

festival   

12

years  

later,  

and  

via  

too  

many  

bands  

to

name  

or  

even  

remember  

in  

the  

years

since   

then.   

   

However,   

despite   

playing

music   

on   

several   

different   

instruments

and  

in  

many  

different  

styles,  

Jazz  

and

the  

Blues  

have  

always  

been  

a  

huge  

part

of  

his  

musical  

life.  

  

His  

influences  

are

equally    

varied,    

though    

he    

describes

himself  

as  

“sitting  

in  

the  

musical  

corner

between  

Kenny  

Burrell  

and  

Grant  

Green”.  

 

Other    

favourites    

include    

Joe    

Pass,

Django    

Reinhart    

and    

Pat    

Metheny;

amongst  

non-guitarists,  

Duke  

Ellington,

Miles  

Davis  

and  

Charles  

Mingus  

are  

huge

influences  

–  

all  

great  

composers  

who  

had

great  

bands.  

  

Steve  

would  

like  

to  

pay

tribute  

to  

those  

who  

have  

helped  

him

along  

the  

path  

–  

amongst  

them,  

the  

late

Len    

Argent,    

the    

amazing    

Jonathan

Kreisberg,  

the  

astonishing  

Mike  

Walker

(who  

is,  

all  

in  

all,  

not  

bad  

for  

a  

Manc!)

and   

most   

of   

all   

Paul   

Higgs,   

a   

tutor

beyond  

compare.  

Watch  

out  

for  

original

compositions    

from    

Steve    

starting    

to

enter   

the   

Heads   

UP!   

repertoire   

in   

the

near future.......

Electric and Acoustic Guitars; Vocals

Steve Duke
Julia AUSTIN-BRENES

Ten/Alt/Sop/Sopranino Saxes;

Alto Flute; Vocals

Julia     

was     

initially

classically  

trained  

at

Trinity     

College     

of

Music,  

but  

moved  

to

Jazz  

and  

Blues  

after

changing      

to      

the

saxophone.        

After

working     

with     

the

Richard          

Dobney

Blues     

Engine     

for

several    

years    

Julia

went   

on   

to   

play   

with   

Blues   

Brothers

International,  

The  

Blox,  

and  

a  

jazz  

four

piece,  

Groove  

Therapy.  

She  

has  

recently

become  

involved  

in  

Latin  

Jazz  

and  

played

at  

the  

annual  

Jazz  

festival  

in  

Havana  

this

year.  

In  

addition  

to  

playing,  

Julia  

teaches

jazz    

theory    

and    

saxophone    

in    

Adult

Education.

Steve    

pretty    

much

cut   

his   

teeth   

in   

the

world  

of  

Rock  

music

and    

is    

a    

founder

member  

of  

Prog  

rock

band  

LANDMARQ  

but

has   

also   

played   

in

many    

other    

bands

and      

within      

most

genres     

of     

popular

music,             

including             

soul/funk,

country/blues/folk,   

jazz/fusion.   

He   

has

also  

played  

bass  

with  

some  

fairly  

well-

known   

names   

along   

the   

way,   

including

Peter   

Banks   

(Yes),   

John   

Wetton   

(Asia,

King    

Crimson),    

Mark    

Brzezicki    

(Big

Country,    

Procol    

Harum),    

David    

Cross

(King  

Crimson)  

among  

others,  

both  

in  

the

UK  

and  

elsewhere.  

Steve’s  

love  

of  

Jazz

also    

developed    

early    

on    

when    

he

discovered     

guitarists     

such     

as     

Wes

Montgomery,  

Jim  

Hall,  

Joe  

Pass  

and  

Pat

Metheny,   

plus   

the   

sounds   

of   

Weather

Report,   

Stan   

Getz,   

Tom   

Jobim,   

Miles

Davis, etc.

Steve   

has   

many   

influences   

in   

various

genres  

of  

music  

but  

within  

the  

world  

of

Jazz   

bassists,   

he   

has   

no   

hesitation   

in

naming    

the    

likes    

of    

Jaco    

Pastorius,

Stanley  

Clarke,  

John  

Patitucci,  

Tony  

Levin,

Nathan  

East,  

Percy  

Jones,  

Niels  

Pedersen,

Ron  

Carter  

among  

his  

many  

favourites.

Among  

newer  

favourites  

is  

bassist  

Michael

League’s band/project, Snarky Puppy.

(Website: www.stevegee.com)

Fretted & Fretless Bass Guitars;

Electric Upright Bass; Vocals

Steve GEE
Rick WILLS

Drums, Cajon and Percussion

Has      

been      

playing

drums  

since  

he  

was  

9

years   

old,inspired   

by

the  

instrumental  

“Foot

Tapper”        

by        

the

Shadows     

(and     

the

precise   

drumming   

of

Brian             

Bennett).

Developed  

a  

liking  

for

modern   

jazz   

by   

the

age   

of   

thirteen   

after

hearing    

The    

Dudley    

Moore    

Trio    

and

influenced  

by  

the  

many  

great  

players  

of

the  

time  

and  

in  

particular,  

the  

fusion  

of

jazz  

and  

rock.  

Played  

in  

numerous  

bands

in  

and  

around  

Essex,  

anything  

from  

strict-

tempo    

to    

hard    

rock,    

culminating    

in

occupying   

the   

drum   

chair   

for   

Southend

based   

Prog   

Rock   

band   

Chalice   

for   

10

years.  

Next  

was  

a  

5  

year  

stint  

with  

local

Mersea     

Island     

based     

quintet     

The

Moondance  

Band,  

covering  

Jazz,  

Ballads

and  

Swing.  

Now  

returning  

to  

indulge  

in

the  

rhythms  

of  

Jazz,  

Funk,  

Latin,  

Blues

and World with Heads Up.