Ben Waters was nominated by Jools Holland as one of his 10 favourite piano players of all time and named Europe’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 Paul’s Iridium in NY as well as numerous appearances at London’s Ronnie Scott’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 “Tour Down Under” 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 “blew everyone away … so much so we have invited him back (for 2019)”. Along the way the band recorded a successful album “Live in Melbourne” at the ABC & PBS FM studios.
Ben’s repertoire, played with ‘flair & bravado’ (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 50’s & 60’s. His high octane shows have been described by the London Times as “like a bouncy castle for grown-ups”
His stellar career has seen him playing / recording with legendary figures including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Jools Holland, Ray Davies, Leo Sayer, PJ Harvey and others. His most successful album to-date, “Boogie 4 Stu” is a tribute to family friend the late Ian Stewart, a founding member of The Rolling Stones and a major influence on Ben’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 TV’s “Music Legends we’ve lost in 2017”, recording a tribute to Antoine ‘Fats’ 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 “at the forefront of the British jazz movement”, Derek has been described a “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian). He has led Sax Appeal for over 30 years, fronts the funk/fusion band “Protect the Beat” and “Acoustic Quartet” and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’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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