Ben Waters was nominated by Jools Holland as one of his 10 favourite piano players of all time and named Europeâ€™s #1 Boogie Woogie pianist in the 2016 Boisedale Awards. Ben has performed in over 25 countries around the world & in some of the most iconic of venues. These include Royal Festival Hall; the Royal Albert Hall (Blues Fest with Ronnie Wood); Cadogan Hall (with Bill Wyman); the Lincoln Centre and Les Paulâ€™s Iridium in NY as well as numerous appearances at Londonâ€™s Ronnie Scottâ€™s Jazz Club. Truly international and one of the busiest musicians around, Ben regularly tours Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and the US. His 2018 â€œTour Down Underâ€ included the iconic Sydney Opera House where he attracted a full house to the Utzon Room. His performances at the world famous Port Fairy Folk Festival were also a tour highlight where, according to Festival Director Caroline Moore he â€œblew everyone away â€¦ so much so we have invited him back (for 2019)â€. Along the way the band recorded a successful album â€œLive in Melbourneâ€ at the ABC & PBS FM studios.
Benâ€™s repertoire, played with â€˜flair & bravadoâ€™ (Birmingham Post) is an eclectic mix of American music from the early blues through ragtime, jazz, boogie woogie, stride, R&B and the R&R of the 50â€™s & 60â€™s. His high octane shows have been described by the London Times as â€œlike a bouncy castle for grown-upsâ€
His stellar career has seen him playing / recording with legendary figures including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakinâ€™ Stevens, Jools Holland, Ray Davies, Leo Sayer, PJ Harvey and others. His most successful album to-date, â€œBoogie 4 Stuâ€ is a tribute to family friend the late Ian Stewart, a founding member of The Rolling Stones and a major influence on Benâ€™s career. Rolling Stones past and present joined Ben for this tribute, along with Jools Holland and other old friends. Sales proceeds went to the National Heart Foundation.
Ben recently contributed to Sky TVâ€™s â€œMusic Legends weâ€™ve lost in 2017â€, recording a tribute to Antoine â€˜Fatsâ€™ Domino. The programme went to air over the Christmas holiday.
Derek Nash has been a member of the Jools Holland Orchestra since 2004. Regarded as â€œat the forefront of the British jazz movementâ€, Derek has been described a â€œone of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK todayâ€ (The Guardian). He has led Sax Appeal for over 30 years, fronts the funk/fusion band â€œProtect the Beatâ€ and â€œAcoustic Quartetâ€ and is a member of the Ronnie Scottâ€™s Blues Explosion. Renowned for energetic, vibrant, passionate & charismatic performances on soprano, alto, tenor & baritone sax, Derek is one of the busiest musicians around performing in 100 or so performances a year with Jools Holland alone including in 2017 2 sell-out shows with Jose Feliciano at the Royal Albert Hall. He has appeared live & on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox & Tom Jones.
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