Born in Swansea, South Wales. Graduated from Leeds College of Music where he also taught for a number of years.
His most recent cd is called Ripples. A trio recording, it is his third under his own name.  A  previous cd Once More For Luck recorded in 2010 also features him a trio setting again with bass and drums. His second album,  And Then Somealso from 2010, was partly funded by Jazz Yorkshire. This again features his writing and arranging , but this time in the context of a septet for trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, bass and drums. His work in this area was recognised when he was shortlisted for an award as composer/arranger of the year in the Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2012. The cd was recently featured on the UK and Europe Jazz Showcase on
As well as leading his own groups, he frequently guests as a soloist with bands up and down the country. He is also to be heard as part of the Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra, the Yorkshire Jazz Orchestra directed by Tony Faulkner, the Al Wood Trio and is part of the house band at the well-known jazz venue, The Head of Steam in Huddersfield. 
His guitar playing has been featured frequently on radio and television - The Quest (Yorkshire TV), Peak Practice (Carlton TV), This Is My Moment (Granada TV),  I Feel Fine (Granada TV), Pebble Mill (BBC TV) , Grange Hill (BBC TV), Big Ships (Black Box Productions), The 'L' Shaped Room (Radio 4), Night Ride (Radio 4), Tony Faulkner Jazz Orchestra (Radio 2 ),  and the Geoff Laycock  Big Band (Radio 2).
His long and varied career as a freelance guitarist has seen him working in West End and touring productions of shows such as Chicago, Bat Boy the Musical, Fame, Dirty Dancing, Spamalot, Jerry Springer the Opera, Our House, Bad Girls, Follies, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Blood Brothers, Fiddler On The Roof, Honk, Copocabana, Grease, Chorus Line, Barnum, 42nd Street, Showboat, Les Miserables, Cats,  Little Shop of Horrors, Chess  and West Side Story,  and as accompanist to artists as diverse as Jack  Jones, Mel B,  Lee Gibson, Claire Martin, Ruby Turner, Russ Abbott, Gene Pitney, Dave Willetts, Marti Caine,  opera star Lesley Garrett,  Georgina Jackson,  Enrico Tomasso, Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather and Simon Spillett.
He works regularly with orchestras such as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Halle Orchestra, and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic  Orchestra. He can also be heard on the cast albums of Honk  (Dress CD004), Dave Willetts in Concert (UK Productions) and Bat Boy the Musical (Halo 161203). 
His guitar playing can also be heard on the soundtrack to a recent West Yorkshire Playhouse production of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore", and on the Sky Atlantic television drama series "Little Birds".


"Hi Derrick I just checked out your website and love your playing!" - Roger Sadowsky ”