The Philip Clouts Quartet
The Philip Clouts Quartet

A taste of Latin and African music, combined with jazz, comes to a north Northumberland venue this month.

Renowned for his work with Afrobeat band ZubopGambia, pianist Philip Clouts’ career has included playing at Ronnie Scotts, Symphony Hall, Glastonbury and Womad festivals.

His quartet, which will be playing in Wooler, features London-based saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real, known for his own Mandorla project, whom Dave Liebman says ‘plays with a sound that comes from his soul.’

South African-born Philip Clouts lives on the south west coast and the new quartet CD Sennen Cove features melodic contemporary jazz pieces he has written inspired by the sights and sounds of the area while staying true to his own musical roots in African and Latin music.

The group are touring to three northern counties as part of Highlights Rural Touring Scheme’s autumn programme of shows and audiences are promised they’ll be leaving the venue with ‘exuberant sounds ringing in their ears’.

Highlights works in partnership with a network of 30 village halls and community venues across Northumberland to tour professional performances of theatre, music, dance, comedy and more.

The group will be playing at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler on Sunday, October 21, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £7, £6 concessions, £4 for a child and £19 for a family ticket and are available from the venue on 01668 282406.

Ian Mann, of thejazzman.com, said: “Clouts covers an impressive range of styles in an infectiously enjoyable manner…joyous and celebratory…wonderfully unfettered playing.”

And in The Observer, the quartet are described as ‘cooking up some nice, tricky rhythms to keep you alert, and control an impressive range of dynamics’.