Martin Dale Quartet (Derek Nash is indisposed)

Martin Dale Quartet (Derek Nash is indisposed)

Sunday 26 February 2023
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


Book here now: £14 full price • £10 or £7 if you prefer – please pay what you can*

Update, Sun 26 Feb:  Very sadly, Derek Nash was called home from Devon yesterday because of a serious illness in his family. Martin Dale and his quartet will still be performing tonight  – do come along, 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm).
Tickets advertised at £14 or £10 or £7, please take your pick, or pay whatever you feel is right.

Martin is a phenomenal sax player in the tradition of Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley – a great sound, gorgeous phrasing and beautiful melodic lines when improvising. He’s joined by three great musicians:

Gavin Martin, piano
Kevin Sanders, double bass
Dennis Harris, drums



Derek Nash

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

As Derek and Martin and the band have a gig in the afternoon, this will have a later start time than usual of 8pm, with doors and bar opening at 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.