British Jazz Award-winning Derek Nash - bandleader, composer, arranger, record producer and engineer - is one of the UK’s busiest jazz musicians. He is leader of six bands, each with its own unique sound and featuring some of the top jazz musicians in the UK today. Derek has been a full-time member of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. With these bands, he has enjoyed sharing the stage with many great artists including Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble and Sir Paul McCartney. He is one of the most in-demand and respected guest instrumentalists for jazz clubs across the UK and has received numerous nominations in the British Jazz Awards. In the jazz-funk world he has performed with David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Ernie Watts, Mezzoforte, Nelson Rangell and Don and Dave Grusin. Derek is a prolific composer, regularly penning compositions for his various bands and undertaking commissions. He has also composed for television and radio. As an arranger, and following in the footsteps of his father, Pat Nash (who was an arranger for the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra) Derek has worked for many major artists including Jools Holland, Annie Lennox, David Sanborn, Nile Rogers, Gregory Porter and Chaka Khan. In addition to his own recordings, Derek has also guested with other major artists including Don Grusin, Jack Bruce, Bob Dorough, Rumer and Shakatak. As a record producer and engineer, Derek received a gold disc for his work with Jamie Cullum for his ‘Pointless Nostalgic’ album and has recorded some of the leading UK jazz artists including Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Georgie Fame, George Melly, Alan Barnes, Geoff Gascoyne and Digby Fairweather.
Martin Dale is one of the most popular saxophonists in the South West. He runs his own quartet and appears regularly as a guest soloist. Hewas a member of the John Burch Octet, taking the tenor sax position when Dick Morrissey became ill, and is also a member of the London based group “Sax Appeal” and "Jack Bruce Blues Experience". He has worked on the Q.E.2 as lead alto player, backing such artists as Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark, and Tom Jones. Martin’s Plymouth based band has worked with Jim Mullen, Roy Williams, Derek Nash, Dick Pearce, Bruce Adams, Digby Fairweather and the highly acclaimed Peter King to name but a few. Martin has also worked with the 2008 X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke. He has recorded for the BBC on radio and television sound tracks. To date he has released 8CDs which have been played on both Radio 2,3 and Jazz FM. Martin makes regular appearances at UK Jazz festivals, where he has performed with Lee Gibson, Alan Barnes, and Mark Nightingale.
Plymouth Gin Masterclass (booking essential for this one!) - £10.50 per person, includes welcome drink - Tickets on sale SOON.
Thursday 21st October
Joanna Cooke(Soul, Blues & Pop) Join us from 7.30pm for THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE at Bar 1620 Dartmouth Motown legend Martha Reeves put it perfectly, describing Joanna Cooke as “the baby girl singing the blues”. Joanna’s voice has the soul and power of someone way beyond her years, and her self-penned songs so raw and honest they leave a lasting impression on her audiences. The West country born singer/songwriter grew up in a strict but passionately artistic family, where her father's collection of blues records by greats like Howling Wolf and Robert Johnson was the soundtrack to her upbringing. A restless desire for music has spurred Joanna throughout her music journey. Money was tight so Joanna taught herself the piano from a keyboard she found in a skip and wrote songs that brought her school teachers to tears. Fast forward and it's this self-sufficiency, drive and talent that now see Joanna supporting and collaborating with big name artists and performing her own solo shows.
These successes range from festival main stage appearances, supporting major artists such as Paloma Faith and Rag'n'Bone Man, to intimate solo gigs. She has also worked with quality artists such as Jo Harman, Beth Rowley, Ben Ottewell (Gomez) and Wildwood Kin. The release of 3 EPs and a single to date have drawn positive review, and widespread radio play whilst Joanna's vocal and songwriting collaborations with international dance music producers include No1 Club Chart hits in Australia & South Africa. All the while Joanna has built a loyal audience who really engage not just with the stories in her songs, but her as a person. Joanna is now writing material and planning her next record release whilst collaborating with producers both at home and abroad.
Booking is essential as this evening will definitely be a sellout, so please email us atHERE to book your table. NB. Minimum bookings of 4 people, up to 6 people per table, or two households