Jazz at Progress | The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet plus special guest Martin Shaw | Just one ticket still available!
Fri 27 Jan 2017 | Progress Theatre, Reading | The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet plus special guest Martin Shaw | Derek Nash saxes, Martin Shaw trumpet & flugelhorn, Dave Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums | 7.30pm | £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) plus maximum 5% booking fee
Derek Nash – saxes
Derek is a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and has been a full-time member since 2004. He is leader of the British Jazz award-winning Sax Appeal and also co-leader of funk/fusion band Protect the Beat. 2013 and 2014 saw Derek touring with Cream legend, Jack Bruce, and USA smooth jazz star, Brian Culbertson. Derek is a master of all saxes from soprano to baritone and is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances.
Martin Shaw – trumpet & flugelhorn
Martin Shaw studied classical trumpet and Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and Berklee College of Music in Boston, finishing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music with a one-year postgraduate course in jazz and studio music. Over the last 12 years, he has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band. Martin has recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies.
Dave Newton – piano
Dave was voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. He has been the pianist of choice for Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and spent nearly 10 years with Stacey Kent. He’s recorded with Buddy De Franco, Alan Barnes and Martin Taylor as well as a solo artist recording for the Linn, Candid and Concorde labels. Becoming a professor at Leeds College of Music in 2016, Dave is the epitome of melodic, swinging piano.
Geoff Gascoyne – bass
For 4 years, Geoff was Musical Director for Jamie Cullum appearing on 3 albums and performing at prestigious venues from The Albert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Geoff’s diverse career has seen him perform with the great opera singer Willard White to appearing in Anthony Mingella’s “The Talented Mr Ripley” starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. He has performed with, among many others, Guy Barker, Georgie Fame and, within his many performances at Ronnie Scotts, has performed with The Charles Mingus Big Band and Michel Legrand. With 6 solo albums in own right, Geoff is one of the most respected and in-demand bassists in the UK.
Sebastiaan de Krom – drums
Previously a member of Ray Gelato and the Giants of Jive, Sebastiaan, who is a professor at Leeds College of Music, played for many years with Jamie Cullum appearing on the multi-gold selling albums, Pointless Nostalgic and Twentysomething and touring the world for several years, performing everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to the Royal Albert Hall. He has worked with Guy Barker, Gene Harris, Kurt Elling and Michel Legrand, and is the maestro of effortless swing.