Derek Nash

Derek Nash and the Chris Ingham Trio with the Royal Hospital School Big Band at Holbrook, Ipswich on Friday 30 Sep 2016.

Young musicians, parents and audiences enjoyed a masterclass in jazz from the acclaimed multi-reedsman Derek Nash.

With saxophones from the giant baritone down to a cute soprano in his collection he demonstrated the breadth of jazz from old-time tunes to modern fusion.  The Royal Hospital School’s own big band performed the results of an afternoon workshop with Nash, drummer and teacher George Double, and the fine Chris Ingham on piano.

The young band opened the evening’s proceedings with Count Basie’s cantering along ‘Hayburner’ and returned later to stir up some gospel with Joe Zawinul’s ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’, specially arranged by Derek Nash.  In between, Nash and Chris Ingham’s trio, which tonight included the multi-Talented Mr Gascoyne on bass (who was indeed in the cast of the 1999 ‘Ripley’ film).

Geoff Gascoyne brought some worldly class in both his ensemble playing and bass solos.  Derek Nash, among his variety of styles, seems most at home with the jazz-fusion he grew up with and the soulful alto sax tones of David Sanborn.

A soul-jazz original ‘You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig?’ almost got people dancing in the aisles, however the Royal Hospital School’s audience did excel themselves in providing the Brazilian chorus to the samba-jazz ‘Chant’.  Nash left the young musicians with the message of learn your scales, practise hard and dream of making it to the big stage.