The Drawtones with Derek Nash

Down The Line - Jazz, Funk & Soul Organ Classics

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Last Show: Thursday 10 th August 2017

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

The stunning maestro saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) recorded and performed on a brand new album 'Down the Line' with the East Sussex based Jazz, Funk & Soul Organ Band 'The Drawtones' in January 2017. The Drawtones leader and organist, Rod Pooley, founded the band in early 2016 carefully, selecting a top class array of musicians including Andy Williams (Guitar), Simon Brewin (Bass) and Jessica Dann (Drums). Tonight's music will feature tracks from the new album including original compositions and classic tracks from artists such as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, George Benson, Lou Donaldson, Freddie Hubbard and many more.

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Derek Nash was influenced towards jazz after hearing Sonny Stitt on record and among other early influences was David Sanborn. Nash began playing alto saxophone in local school bands but, despite his interest in music, at university he moved to the non-playing side of the profession and studied acoustics, thereafter developing a parallel career as a sound engineer and record producer. In the early 80s, Nash, who also plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones as well as flute, formed a jazz band, Sax Appeal, an octet that had five saxophones. The saxophonists in an early edition of this band included Scott Garland, Mornington Lockett, Bob McKay and Gary Plumley, while the band used on Flatiron Suite had regulars and guests Garland, McKay, Plumley, Paul Booth, Nelson Rangell, Adrian Revell and Matt Wates. Sax Appeal won awards, toured the UK and visited Venezuela for the British Council. 

The Drawtones, although only started in early 2016 the band is full of top class musicians with many years of professional experience between them. Their founder and leader is the very talented jazz organist Rod Pooley. Rod has demonstrated for many leading keyboard manufacturers including Roland, Hammond and Korg. He still is currently a product specialist for Yamaha. He has won 4 major national organ playing titles in his younger days with the Yamaha Electone Festival winner in 1988 being his most treasured.

The Drawtones in their first year have supported Curtis Stigers and appeared with Derek Nash. They performed in 2016 at the Rye International Jazz Festival. 2017 is proving to be just as exciting with the new "Down the Line" album featuring Derek Nash being released in March 2017, a debut appearance at Pizza Express Maidstone and Rye Jazz Festival 2017. A planned mini tour with The Deptford Rivieras in September has now been confirmed. The Down the Line Tour featuring 2 Top Jazz and Funk Organ Bands with 2 Jools Holland Saxophonists Derek Nash and Phil Veacock starts on 20th Sept at The Komedia Brighton and goes to Eastbourne, Hastings and Cantebury soon afterwards. Full details are on the band's website www.thedrawtones.com.

Band Lineup

Derek Nash (saxophone)

Rod Pooley (jazz organ and keys)

Andy Williams (guitar)

Simon Brewin (bass)

Jessica Dann (drums)