Derek Nash is the leader of Sax Appeal, the hugely successful modern Jazz ensemble which was voted best small group in 2000 Post Office British Jazz Awards. Sax Appeal has recorded four albums and a video, and toured the world. Sax Appeal has won rave reviews and a string of awards, including the John Dankworth Award for Ensemble in the 1998 B.T. Jazz Awards.
At the 2002 Hamlet British Jazz Awards, Nash charted top ten in all the following categories: Alto Sax, Miscellaneous Instrument (Baritone Sax), Composer/Arranger, Tenor Sax and Small Group with his band Sax Appeal.
Nash’s CD, Young Lions--Old Tigers, recorded with the late U.S. sax maestro, Spike Robinson, was voted best Jazz CD of 2001 for Jazzizit Records. His first solo album, Setting New Standards, features UK Jazz giants Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey alongside Incognito keyboard star, Graham Harvey. Setting New Standards was voted seventh in the Best New CD category at the 2000 British Jazz Awards.
In the mainstream Swing world, Nash played for several years with Young Lions, Old Tigers alongside American sax star, Spike Robinson, culminating in their award-winning CD. He now leads Spike’s Young Lions, a tribute to the music of Spike Robinson. In the world of Funk, Nash is a member of Protect the Beat with Tony Smith, Winston Blissett and Darby Todd. They have just released their first album. In the world of Blues and Soul, Nash has appeared on two releases by Peter Green. He is a member of the Ben Waters Boogie Band. He performed on the new CD, Shakin in the Makin.
As a composer, Nash has written virtually all the material for his solo albums and a great deal of music for radio and television, including for BBC Television’s Olympic coverage from Sydney, Live and Kicking, Watch, Maths Challenge and Numbertime.
Nash operates Clowns Pocket Recording Studios in Kent. As a record producer and engineer, he has worked on albums for Bobby Wellins, Martin Drew, Alan Barnes, Tony Remy, Dave O’Higgins, Trudy Kerr, Geoff Gascoyne, Jamie Cullum and Tenor Madness.