"The bravado of this group is breathtaking" - that's how The Wire editor Richard Cook described Sax Appeal in the Sunday Times. Taking five of the finest young jazz saxophonists, "a smart funky rhythm section" and "a clutch of winning arrangements", this eight piece jazz ensemble mix driving swing, haunting ballads and danceable latin/funk to create enjoyable, enthusiastic, award-winning jazz for the new Millennium.
The band were voted 1st in the Post Office British Jazz Awards in the year 2000, in the small band section, consolidating their position as one of the premier bands in the country. In March 2000 they broadcast their 5th session for BBC Radio, for "Jazz Notes".
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".
The band has recorded four CDs: "Flat Out" JITCD 9503 , "Let's Go" JITCD 9401, "Outside In" JITCD 9606 and "Take No Prisoners-Live" JITCD 0025 all gaining excellent reviews and all released on the rapidly growing independent jazz label Jazzizit records. Also recorded at the Stables, Wavendon is a live video, which features U.S.A. sax star Nelson Rangell as special guest.
The band have performed all over the world from Venezuela to Hartlepool, from Ronnie Scott's to Cardiff Bay, whilst festivals in Europe have included Marciac and Coutances in France, and three repeat bookings at the Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland.
The band were awarded the "John Dankworth Award For Ensemble" in the 1998 B.T. Jazz Awards, plus leader Derek Nash was voted one of the top five UK alto players at the same poll. In John Dankworth's own words " This award goes to a group which has over the years featured some of the very best players from the seemingly endless pot of talent constantly coming to the boil in British Jazz. Its leader is a fine arranger, a good organiser and a skilled showman as well as being a very presentable soloist himself. He has done a lot for young British Jazz and continues to do so - Derek Nash and his band SAX APPEAL".
"...a team of fine soloists, a solid rhythm section plus a clutch of winning arrangements."Time Out
"....... Princes of the Horn in thunderous form....The Sunday Times
....the bravado of this band is breathtaking...."