Derek Nash is the leader of Sax Appeal, the modern jazz ensemble. Sax Appeal has recorded four albums and a video and has toured the world. It won rave reviews and a string of awards, including the best small group in the 2000 Post Office British Jazz Awards and the John Dankworth Award for Ensemble in the 1998 B.T. Jazz Awards. Nash’s CD Young Lions—Old Tigers was recorded with the late U.S. sax maestro Spike Robinson and was voted best Jazz CD of 2001 for Jazzizit Records.
In the mainstream swing world, Nash played with Young Lions, Old Tigers alongside American sax star, Spike Robinson, culminating in their award-winning CD. He now leads 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. Nash has appeared on two blues and soul 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 most of the material for his solo albums and a great deal of music for radio and television, including BBC's Olympic coverage from Sydney and 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.