As leader of the award winning jazz ensemble, Sax Appeal, Derek Nash has played extensively throughout Britain for the last 20 years and made many radio and TV performances. The band has received arts council grants and touring bursaries to help them perform from Exeter to Newcastle, France to Venezuela.
Born and raised in Manchester, Nash is the son of BBC Northern Dance Orchestra arranger Pat Nash. His musical career started as a member of Stockport Schools, Stagesound, an award winning youth big band with whom he performed in two "School Proms" at the Royal Albert Hall and on TV. Graduating from the alto chair he studied acoustics at Salford University and returned to Stagesound, but this time as their musical director. This led to concerts with Ronnie Scott, Don Lusher and Henry Lowther. Nash returned for another "Schools Proms" appearance as the Stagesound conductor and also as a member of the newly formed Sax Appeal. He appeared both on TV and at the Royal Albert Hall the same year.
He also played and toured with Spike Robinson in Young Lions - Old Tigers, a band in the classic Zoot Sims/Al Cohn swinging double sax, front-line style. In addition, he worked alongside Be-Bop/Swing legends Hank Shaw and Dick Morrisey in the John Burch Octet.
Apart from the jazz scene, Derek is very active in pop, soul and blues music, performing and recording with Suzi Quatro, Basia, ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green and the Gambler-Soul Survivors. This has meant concerts alongside the Crusaders, 10cc and The Average White Band.