Jazz quartet lined up for the Con Club

Torbay Weekly

Fougou Jazz in Torbay is presenting a return visit from The Martin Dale Quartet, featuring star saxophonist Derek Nash, for a special night of music at Preston Conservative Club.

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. He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones, from sonorous baritone to souring soprano.

Martin Dale is probably the leading South West saxophonist and one of its busiest and most popular. He runs his own quartet and appears regularly as a guest soloist. He played tenor sax with the John Burch Octet and is also a member of the London based group “Sax Appeal” and “Jack Bruce Blues Experience”.

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.

Tickets are available £15 in advance online from www.fougoumusic.com or £16 on the door on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8.00pm.

Fougou Jazz is an independent jazz club, promoting live music and featuring some of the best contemporary live jazz available, supporting local, regional and touring UK and international artists.

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