At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian). Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band, Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano – and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for “Joyriding” by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.
He has recorded three solo CDs – Setting New Standards with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek performs approaching 100 gigs per year, including for 65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and for over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival, where he was a featured soloist, and he also appears on the last seven CDs. He has performed live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Madeleine Peyroux, Roger Daltrey, David Sanborn, Eddi Reader and Tom Jones.
As a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion, Derek performs regularly at the world-famous club alongside blues greats Tony Remy (guitar), Marcus Bonfanti (vocals and guitar), Paddy Milner (vocals and piano), Nick Cohen (bass), Frank Tontoh (drums), Paul Newton (trumpet) and Winston Rollins (trombone). They regularly feature top blues guests.
We’ve stolen some of Jools Holland’s orchestra this year! Don’t miss Derek Nash performing at Blues at the Briars this year with our specially created band including our own homegrown Sweet Felicia on Bass and Ash Davies on drums alongside the incredible Ben Waters!