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. 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 four alto saxophonists in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 British Jazz Awards. He has recorded three solo CDs: Setting New Standards, alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth, and Graham Harvey; Snapshot, with Jan Lundgren, Geoff Gascoyne, and Steve Brown; and award- winning Joyriding, accompanied by Geoff Gascoyne, Sebastiaan de Krom, and Dave Newton.
Nash's funky band, Protect the Beat, has released two CDs and performs at major jazz festivals around the world. He 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, and David Sanborn, and performed live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, and other top recording artists. He is now a regular member of Brian Culbertson's European tour band and Jack Bruce's Big Blues Band.
Nash is a co-director of Jazzizit records and owns and operates Clowns Pocket Recording Studios.