The Nick Dewhurst Band

Local jazz ambassador Nick Dewhurst brought his talented band and special guest Derek Nash to play an exemplary set of originals and well-chosen covers when they appeared at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival.

The Nick Dewhurst Band

With Nick on trumpets and guitar and Derek on saxophones, they were joined by the equally-proficient tenor saxophonist Callum Roxburgh, keyboard player Elliot Sansome, bassist Tom Moore and drummer Carl Hemmingsley.

As a leading jazz musician, and a stalwart of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek led the band through some of his own music, which included La Chant and Voodoo Rex.

Although he is perhaps best known for his trumpet playing skills, Nick is also a fine, tasteful guitarist, showing this element of his talent during Larry Carlton’s iconic piece Room 335.

Other music featured included Stevie Wonder’s classic I Wish, which allowed for some fine soloing from the front line and sterling support on bass and drums, while the original Fusion Line showed their fine ear for a tune.

Say What, allowed for a more modern take on jazz, with an excursion into drum and bass territory.