An award-winning performer on four different saxophones from soprano to baritone, Derek Nash is equally comfortable leading the U.K. jazz ensemble Sax Appeal to funky heights or swinging his way to the 2000 British Jazz Awards' best jazz CD of the year with the late Denver sax maestro Spike Robinson. The latest Sax Appeal release, The Flatiron Suite, is a musical journey through the landscape and history of Boulder, and is the result of his many happy performances with fellow Conference on World Affairs musicians.
Nash has received numerous awards over the years and was voted one of the top three alto saxophonists in the 2010 British Jazz Awards. He has recorded two solo CDs: Setting New Standards, alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth, and Graham Harvey; and Snapshot, with Jan Lundgren, Geoff Gascoyne, and Steve Brown. A new quartet CD, Joyriding, is planned for release in 2011 and features Dave Newton, a top U.K. jazz pianist.
Nash’s funky band, Protect the Beat, has released two CDs, It Ain't Dinner Jazz and Intrepid, and performs at major jazz festivals around the world. Nash is also a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, performing more than 90 concerts a year. He has appeared on CDs with Don Grusin, George Melly, Bob Dorough, Peter Green, Shakatak, Lulu, David Sanborn and Trudy Kerr, and performed live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, and other top recording artists.
Nash is a codirector of Jazzizit records, and owns and operates Clowns Pocket Recording Studios.