Saturday 17 February 2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Book here now: £15 full price • £10 or £7 if you prefer – please pay what you can*
If you were watching Jools Holland seeing in the New Year on BBC TV, right at the front of the band was Derek on alto sax. One of the UK’s top players joining another in South West tenor sax star Martin Dale and his Quartet
Derek and Martin are great friends who go back a long way, and it really shows, These are two virtuoso musicians whose ideas bounce off each other in a beautiful way at a tremendous lick! It’s something really amazing, and highly entertaining to behold.
Derek is running a workshop in the afternoon. If you’re interested in coming along,
email firstname.lastname@example.org now for the details.
Gavin Martin, piano
Kevin Sanders, double bass
Dennis Harris, drums
Derek’s long relationship with Martin started with Be Bop star John Burch’s Kentish Octet, where they performed, toured and recorded together many times. Their swinging bravado, showmanship and humour join together for a superb evening of Jazz standards in a style that remembers great sparring Saxophone heroes like Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, or Zoot Sims and Al Cohn.
Derek is a full time member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over forty years, leads his award winning Acoustic Quartet, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, the Latin band Picante, the “Some Kinda Wonderful” show and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion.
He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano.
“…bravura display of contemporary saxophone” The Observer
“…breathtaking” The Sunday Times
“From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards…the music fizzes with energy…***** ” The Observer
Doors and bar open from 7pm, music starts soon after 7.30pm.
* See Access, Tickets & Finding Us for more about why there are three ticket prices, plus other useful info about coming to events at Ashburton Arts Centre.