The Derek Nash Funk Experience

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Last Show: Saturday 22 nd April 2017

The Funk Experience - led by Derek Nash of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - brings together four leading funk musicians in the UK, who have provided musical services to an abundance of stars including Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, Joss Stone, George Benson, M People, Madeline Bell, Jocelyn Brown, Mica Paris and many more.  With the sounds of Grover Washington Jnr, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers, Crusaders, The Average White Band and more, this is set to be an evening of funky entertainment. 

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The Derek Nash Funk Experience is the unleashing opportunity for top UK saxophonist, Derek Nash, to play the funk and groove hits that have influenced him throughout his career. Derek has been a full time member of the Jools Holland R&B Orchestra since 2004, resulting in appearances with many music icons that have influenced the world from Amy Winehouse and Adele to Tom Jones and Paul McCartney. Derek has also appeared alongside soul legends Sam Moore, Martha Reeves, Ronnie Spector, Irma Thomas, Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band), Chaka Khan and Soloman Burke. He has also shared a stage with instrumental giants David Sanborn, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. 

The Funk Experience draws from a back catalogue of hits by Bill Withers, The Crusaders, The Average White Band, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jnr, Herbie Hancock, the JBs and Stevie Wonder, to perform crowd-pleasing, spirit-lifting funk tunes and creating a night of foot-tapping, hand-clapping good times! 

Derek has also performed with influential jazz artists Dave and Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Ernie Watts, Russell Ferrante, Brian Culbertson and David Benoit. He’s a member of the Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion, resident at the world-famous club since 2009, and performed with the Jack Bruce Big Blues Band for six years. He has won British Jazz Awards for his eight-piece jazz ensemble, Sax Appeal, and has released six albums with them. His own solo/quartet CDs have twice won CD of the Year in the British Jazz Awards in 2002 and 2012.

Thirty years of writing, arranging and performing have lead to Derek’s mastery of funk/blues and groove, and the Funk Experience is a world-class band honoring the giants of the genre. 

Band Line-up  
Birmingham 11th March: Maidstone 22nd April:
Derek Nash - Sax (Jools Holland Rhythm Blues Orchestra) Derek Nash - Sax (Jools Holland Rhythm Blues Orchestra)
Graham Harvey - Piano (Incognito, Stacey Kent) Pete Adams - Piano (Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Madonna)
Roger Inniss - Bass (Errol Brown, Ruby Turner, Snowy White) Dave Ital - Guitar (Nile Rogers, M People, Anita Baker)
Darby Todd - Drums (Buddy Whittington, The Darkness, Robben Ford) Phil Mulford - Bass (Joss Stone, Annie Lennox, Chaka Khan)
  Nic France - Drums - Bill Withers, David Gilmour, Mose Allison)