London-born saxophonist Alex Hitchcock is regarded as one of the UK’s most virtuosic young jazz musicians. His group AuB, which released its debut album on Edition Records in 2020, was described as ‘ready to make cataclysmic waves in the sound of UK jazz’ by Jazzwise.
His quintet’s critically acclaimed 2018 debut on Barcelona-based label Fresh Sound New Talent (home to debuts by artists including Ambrose Akinmusire and Avishai Cohen) was described by All About Jazz as ‘an exquisitely subtle collection of tunes… the clearest indicator to date of the stratospheric trajectory on which this super-talented quintet is indubitably heading’. Their increasingly burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage was confirmed by a major prize at the 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival, as well as touring to Poland, Spain, Italy and Hungary and performances at legendary UK venues including Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s.
in 2018 He won the Help Musicians UK Peter Whittingham Award, leading to a 2019 recording and tour featuring Jazz FM vocalist of the year Cherise Adams-Burnett and MOBO-winning drummer Shane Forbes.
Named in 2018 and 2019 as 'one to watch' by Jazzwise magazine, he has performed with Chris Cheek, Soweto Kinch, Mark Lockheart, Nérija, Andrew McCormack, Ashley Henry, Maria Chiara Argirò, legendary American group the Blackbyrds, and Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.
Performing highlights include North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Jazz à Vienne (France), Fano Jazz Festival (Italy), Festival Mas i Mas (Spain) and Glastonbury Festival (UK) as well as at the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, and Glyndebourne Opera House.
Larger ensemble work includes the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the O2 Arena, the BBC Big Band and the Laurence Cottle Big Band. Live and studio recording ranges from work with Channel 4 and the BBC to Spanish and Egyptian national television. His original compositions have received airplay on BBC Radio and JazzFM in the UK, and internationally on France Musique and Spanish RTVE.
‘I really, really enjoyed this... think I hear some Mark Turner in there, I hear some Walter Smith, some Branford, some Joe Lovano, but in a way that I’m not hearing the stitching so much’
'[at Love Supreme 2018] they dazzled with a display of collective virtuosity, demonstrating that challenging acoustic jazz can hold its own, and retain the crowds’
‘Exquisitely subtle collection of tunes... the clearest indicator to date of the stratospheric trajectory on which this super-talented quintet is indubitably heading’
'A fantastic talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future'
’One to get and listen over and over... Hitchcock et al reach a pivotal point’
‘The deep sonority of the tenor, combined with a spectacular mastery of phrasing as well as harmony, calls for many comparisons. The unisons are percussive and impeccably designed, highlighted by an ever-changing rhythmic and sonic environment’
‘One of the most exhilarating, exciting and talented young bands in the UK’
’Enigmatic, sparingly-textured yet elegant and harmonically intriguing compositions... definitely one of the picks from this year’s UK jazz debuts’
’A genuinely major statement... the compositions are rich and multi-faceted, full of colour and texture and consistently unfolding and mutating’
‘Hitchcock is undoubtedly a 'comer’... if it came to a tenor battle royal he'd be taking no prisoners’
‘The wide variety of modern grooves was intriguing, led mostly by unison horn lines reminiscent of Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter, adding a rich thickness to the melodies’
‘Hitchcock combines an awesome technical facility with a keen ear to detect and assimilate a range of classic and contemporary influences... there’s a wealth of talent from the leader, and from each individual player’
‘Hitchcock’s nimbleness of thought and execution... suggest that there are numerous influences at work, ranging from Wayne Shorter through to Walter Smith, Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner and Joe Lovano’
'The EP is perfect from start to finish – an absolute must listen'
'stunning... brought to life by the next crop of scene-stealing uk talent'
'razor-sharp phrases, dynamic breaks... and breathtaking sax and piano solos'