A vibrant and charismatic award-winning performer on all four 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 best CD of the year in 2000 with the late Denver sax maestro Spike Robinson. The latest Sax Appeal release is The Flatiron Suite which features a tribute to the range of mountains near Boulder, Colorado. It is a musical journey through the landscape and history of Boulder which Nash wrote as a result of his many happy attendances at the Conference on World Affairs. Included on the CD are fellow CWA musicians Nelson Rangell, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, and Russell Ferrante, among others.
His band Protect the Beat plays festivals all round the world. The bandís first CD It Ainít Dinner Jazz has been well received and a second one is due out in 2007. He has recorded a solo CD Setting New Standards alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth, and Graham Harvey and appeared on CDís with Trudy Kerr, George Melly, Bob Dorough, Jools Holland, Peter Green, Karen Lane, Julian Bahula, and Tony Remy.
As a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, he has performed for 65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium stadium and for over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival. He has appeared live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, and Tom Jones.
As a composer, Nash writes most of the material for his solo albums and a great deal of music for radio and television. Nash also operates Clowns Pocket Recording Studios in Kent and as a record producer and engineer, he has worked on albums with such musicians as Bobby Wellins, Martin Drew, Alan Barnes, Tony Remy, and Dave OíHiggins.