An 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, a musical journey through the landscape and history of Boulder, Colorado. It is the result of his many happy attendances at the Conference on World Affairs and includes tracks with fellow CWA musicians Nelson Rangell, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, and Russell Ferrante, among others.
His funky band, Protect the Beat, has two CD's, It Ain't Dinner Jazz and Intrepid, and are performing at major jazz festivals around the world. He recorded the solo CD, Setting New Standards, alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth, and Graham Harvey and has appeared on CD's 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, Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie, and Tom Jones.
Nash writes most of the material for his band and solo albums, as well as music for radio and television. He also operates Clowns Pocket Recording Studios. As a record producer and engineer, he has worked on albums with such musicians as Jamie Cullum (where he received a gold disc for Pointless Nostalgic), Bobby Wellins, Martin Drew, Alan Barnes, Tony Remy, Dave O'Higgins, and Trudy Kerr.