Sax Appeal

  • Derek Nash, Bob McKay, Matt Wates, Gary Plumley, Simon Bates: Saxes
  • Pete Adams: Keyboards
  • Phil Scragg: Bass
  • Nic France: Drums

Formed in Manchester in 1980 by leader Derek Nash, Sax Appeal went on to win the National Festival Of Music For Youth, "Jazz Combo of the Year" award in 1983, culminating in performances at the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall and on television.

Re-formed in London in 1984 the band played regularly all over England. They won a Jazz South touring bursary in 1988, Arts Council funding for an extensive U.K. tour in 1995, and performed in Venezuela, South America, for the British Council in 1996. They have performed on BBC network television, Live TV, Radio 2, Radio 3, Capital Radio, R.T.E. and broadcast live on New Year's Eve 1998 on Radio 3's "Jazz Notes".

They won their first British Jazz Award in 2000 and have featured regularly in the awards since then, such is the popularity and versatility of their eight piece lineup.

Still led by their founder, Derek Nash, Sax Appeal celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2018.

This is their third Jazz Weekend appearance and they are always very popular and well supported on the Island, as is Derek Nash who has featured here in recent years with his latin outfit Picante, with his acoustic quintet, and as a guest with the Alleycats and the IW Youth Jazz Orchestra.

They have recorded seven CDs - Flat Out (1991), Let's Go (1994), Outside In (1997), Take No Prisoners (2000), The Flatiron Suite (2006), Funkerdeen (2014) and 2018’s Big Bad Trouble album to celebrate the 40 year anniversary. Expect driving swing, Blue Note styles, Ellingtonian sweetness, pure danceable Brazilian Latin, Brecker Brothers style fusion and biting Sanborn influenced funk.

Leader Derek Nash is a multi-award winning musician in his own right. He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances. He has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 2004, fronts the funk/fusion band, Protect the Beat, is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, and his own “Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet” won Best CD in the British Jazz Awards in 2012 for “Joyriding”.

"The bravado of this group is breathtaking"

Sunday Times

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