Jools Holland, in his Mail on Sunday column, has described Ben Waters as one of his 10 favourite piano players of all time. Ben has performed in over 25 countries around the world & in some of the most iconic of venues. Named in the Boisdale 2016 Awards as Europe’s #1 Boogie Woogie pianist, Ben’s repertoire encompassing the full range of Honky Tonk, Blues, R&B, Rock ‘n Roll and Jazz. Featuring many of his own original numbers as well as original material by the likes of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pete Johnson, Dave Brubeck, Scott Joplin, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Pinetop Lewis & others.
Ben and his band have performed in UK at Ray Davies’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall; the Royal Albert Hall Blues Fest with Ronnie Wood; Cadogan Hall; the Shepherds Bush Empire as well as appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s. Ben has undertaken tours of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Russia, the Caribbean and the US where he played the Lincoln Center with son Tom, Les Paul’s Iridium and on Broadway with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie ( A – Axel Zwingenberger; B – Ben Waters; C – Charlie Watts; D – Dave Green).
Ben’s remarkable career has seen him playing / recording with legendary figures including The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Jools Holland, Ray Davies, Leo Sayer, PJ Harvey and others. His acclaimed chart-topping album ‘Boogie for Stu’ was produced to commemorate the late Ian Stewart, a family friend and founding member of the Rolling Stones. The album, with a cover painting donated by Sir Peter Blake, was produced in collaboration with the Stones who feature heavily with Jools Holland & PJ Harvey. Proceeds from the album went to the British Heart Foundation in Stu’s memory.
Ben is touring Australia with Derek Nash.
At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian).
Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion.
He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano – and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for ‘Young Lions, Old Tigers’ with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for ‘Joyriding’ by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.
He has recorded three solo CDs – ‘Setting New Standards’ (1998) alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth and Graham Harvey; ‘Snapshot’ (2009) with Jan Lundgren, Geoff Gascoyne and Steve Brown; and ‘Joyriding’ (2012) with the multi-award winning pianist Dave Newton, and Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom.
As a composer, performer and arranger he has worked with some of the all-time greats of contemporary music on stage and CD, such as: Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Madeleine Peyroux, Roger Daltrey, David Sanborn, Eddi Reader,Tom Jones, Mavis Staples, Alison Moyet, Lulu, Kylie Minogue, Ruby Turner, David Sanborn, Dave Edmunds, Martha Reeves and the Vandelas, Don Grusin, George Melly, Bob Dorough, Jools Holland, Tom Jones, Peter Green, Shakatak, India Arie, Geoff Gascoyne, Alison Moyet, Digby Fairweather and Trudy Kerr, John Dankworth, Ray Gelato, John Etheridge, Russell Ferrante, Nelson Rangell, Snake Davis, Bob Dorough, Oscar Castro Neves, Lillian Boutte, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum, Humphrey Lyttelton and Alan Barnes, Ben Waters, Keith Richards, Axel Zwingenberger, Dave Green and Charlie Watts.