Derek Nash is a long-established musician in the worlds of jazz, swing, funk and blues. For the past 25 years he has been leader of Sax Appeal, a U.K.-based modern jazz ensemble voted best small group in the 2000 Post Office British Jazz awards. Sax Appeal has recorded four albums and a video, toured the world and won numerous awards for its artful performances.
In mainstream swing, Nash has performed with the likes of Alan Barnes, Lanny Morgan, Roy Williams, John Barnes, Warren Vache, Martin Drew, Dave Green and many more. He played for several years with Young Lions, Old Tigers, alongside U.S. saxaphonist Spike Robinson, and also has played with jazz legends Dave and Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Lillian Boutte and Ralph Sharron.
In the world of funk, Nash plays with Protect the Beat along with musicians Tim Cansfield of the Bee Gees, Winston Blissett of Massive Attack and drummer Darby Todd. In the blues/soul arena, Nash played on the last two releases by Peter Green, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, and is a member of the Ben Waters Boogie Band.
Nash wrote Sax Appeal’s material and has composed music for radio and BBC television shows. His first solo album Setting New Standards with U.K. jazz giants Alec Cankworth and Clark Tracey and Incognito keyboard star Graham Harvey, took seventh place in the best new CD category at the 2000 British Jazz Awards.
Nash runs Clowns Pocket Recording Studios in Kent and is a co-director of Jazzizit Records. In 2004 he will perform in Colorado, Texas, Norway, Finland and Ireland, and also is planning a 25th anniversary tour with Sax Appeal in the U.K.