Derek Nash – sax
Jim Watson – organ
George Double – drums
Derek Nash (Jools Holland Saxman) leads this swinging and Bluesy trio featuring Jim Watson on Organ and George Double. Mixing up Blue Note delights, Jimmy Smith stylings and a few compositions from Derek’s Quartet and Sax Appeal repertoire.
Derek has been with Jools since 2004 and has featured on every Hootenanny TV show since then, performing with Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Booker T and so many more. Apart from leading the award winning Sax Appeal he’s also a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion for over 10 years.
Organist Jim Watson has worked with Kurt Elling, Sting, Incognito, Manu Katche and the BBC Radio Big Band. He is often seen on TV in the Strictly Come Dancing band and is a regular in Guy Barker’s band, appearing on BBC4 at The Proms and elsewhere
Drummer George Double has worked with Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy award-winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Mica Paris, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. His Introducing Drum Kit books have sold over 30,000 copies worldwide. . He’s a revered educator running workshops and working for Trinity and Guildhall, and is active on the British jazz scene appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere as a freelancer (with Chris Ingham, John Etheridge, Art Themen, Digby Fairweather, and Alan Barnes)
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Derek Nash – sax
British Jazz Award-winning Derek Nash – bandleader, composer, arranger, record producer and engineer – is one of the UK’s busiest jazz musicians.
He is leader of six bands, each with its own unique sound and featuring some of the top jazz musicians in the UK today.
Derek has been a full-time member of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. With these bands, he has enjoyed sharing the stage with many great artists including Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble and Sir Paul McCartney. He is one of the most in-demand and respected guest instrumentalists for jazz clubs across the UK and has received numerous nominations in the British Jazz Awards. In the jazz-funk world he has performed with David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Ernie Watts, Mezzoforte, Nelson Rangell and Don and Dave Grusin.
Derek is a prolific composer, regularly penning compositions for his various bands and undertaking commissions. He has also composed for television and radio. As an arranger, and following in the footsteps of his father, Pat Nash (who was an arranger for the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra) Derek has worked for many major artists including Jools Holland, Annie Lennox, David Sanborn, Nile Rogers, Gregory Porter and Chaka Khan.
In addition to his own recordings, Derek has also guested with other major artists including Don Grusin, Jack Bruce, Bob Dorough, Rumer and Shakatak.
As a record producer and engineer, Derek received a gold disc for his work with Jamie Cullum for his ‘Pointless Nostalgic’ album and has recorded some of the leading UK jazz artists including Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Georgie Fame, George Melly, Alan Barnes, Geoff Gascoyne and Digby Fairweather.
Jim Watson – Organ
A Graduate of Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jim has been playing professionally for over 30 yrs.
From 2005-2012 he toured and recorded extensively with Katie Melua.
He worked with Drummer Manu Katche’s band, appearing on 5 albums as co-arranger/producer including one for Manfred Eichers label ECM.
He plays with Grammy award winning singer Kurt Elling, appearing on his album ‘Live at Ronnie Scotts’ in 2019.
He tours with Chrissie Hynde as part of her project ‘Valve Bone Woe’
He worked with Sting- performing at the Olympia, Paris in 2015, Richard Bona, Meshell Ndegeocello, Incognito, US3, Zero 7, Paloma Faith, Lalo Schifrin, The BBC Big Band, Gary Moore, James Moody, Marti Pellow, Raul Midon, Cat Stevens, Gary Barlow, Chris Difford (Squeeze), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Brand New Heavies, Omar, Will Young, James Taylor Quartet, Patti Austin, Gary Moore, Gerard Presencer, Guy Barker International Septet, The Organ trio,(Jim Mullen), Kenny Thomas, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Seal, New York Voices, Bobby Watson, James Moody, Javon Jackson, Herb Geller, Pat Kane (Hue and Cry), Jill Scott, Dave O’ Higgins, Julian Arguelles Quartet, Omar, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Peter King, Paul Young, Jean Toussaint.
George Double – Drums
George’s playing and recording credits include His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra and Anything Goes.
Derek Nash and many others). He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.
George is a senior drum kit consultant for Trinity College London. His books and arrangements are published by Trinity and Faber Music, for whom he has run seminars and workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as at MusikMesse Frankfurt, the London Drum Show and around the UK. He worked as an examiner for Trinity and formerly, Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2002-2016.