The Drawtones with special guest Derek Nash

Down The Line - Jazz, Funk & Soul Organ Classics

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

The Drawtones represent the magic ingredient on iconic sounds from the 50s right up to current star Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy, the Hammond groove cuts like a canyon through Soul, Jazz and Funk in the work of genre-defining artists such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, George Benson, Booker-T, Junior Walker, Grover Washington, The Crusaders, George Duke, Steely Dan and many more…. on the evening joined by 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. 

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The Drawtones

Rod Pooley’s ‘The Drawtones: Hammond Groove’ creatively explores this lineage without being a mere carbon copy. All of them artists in their own right, the members of the outfit bring their own energy, fun and funk to the table! Alongside organ maestro Rod, the frontliner Julian Nicholas’s reputation precedes him as a saxophone colossus, and Andy Williams was resident guitarist at the original Pizza Express Dean Street jazz club for many years. Jessica Dann and Daniel Dotor stoke the boiler on drums and bass respectively.

Derek Nash

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.

Band Lineup

Derek Nash (saxophone)

Rod Pooley (jazz organ and keys)

Andy Williams (guitar)

Daniel Dotor (bass)

Jessica Dann (drums)