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Tue, 01 Oct


Chalkwell Park Rooms

Derek Nash: Funk Experience

PRESENTED BY ANNIE'S JAZZ Led by acclaimed saxophonist, Derek Nash (Jools Holland R&B Orchestra), he Funk Experience brings together five of the best funk musicians in the UK with the sounds of Grover Washington Jnr, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers and more. Not to be missed!

Derek Nash: Funk Experience
Derek Nash: Funk Experience

Time & Location

01 Oct 2024, 20:00

Chalkwell Park Rooms, Chalkwell Park London Road, A13, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8NB, UK

About the event

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, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band) and Soloman Burke and he’s 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!

The members of the band have provided musical services to a “who’s who” of stars including David Gilmour, James Brown, M People, Massive Attack, Nile Rogers, Joss Stone, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers and many more.

Derek has also performed with influential jazz artists Dave and Don Grusin, Nelson Rangell, Ernie Watts, Russell Ferrante and Brian Culbertson.

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 leads the “Wonder of Stevie” show , performing Stevie Wonder Classics to 1000’s of fans across the country

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.


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