Alex Hitchcock sax
‘[The debut CD] highlights the already much-admired eloquence of his playing, his striking compositions and his fine collaborators. An impressive calling card for a band with a bright future’
John Fordham, Jazzwise
‘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. It all looks good going forward, whetting appetites for what’s next’
Soweto Kinch, BBC Radio 3
'Only the expression of deep concentration on his face and the lightning speed of his fingers as they negotiate the keys of his instrument give a clue to the ideas and emotions cascading from his imagination, to emerge as perfectly shaped notes and beautiful phrases from the bell of his saxophone. It’s a spellbinding process to witness’
'Hitchcock has found amazing jazz musicians around the world to learn from and collaborate with. Every encounter adds more depth and dimension to his playing'
'Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits'
Bebop Spoken Here
Alex Hitchcock is an award-winning London-born saxophonist and composer. He leads his own quintet, whose increasingly burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage was confirmed by first place in the Conad Jazz Contest at the 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival.
Their critically acclaimed debut EP 'Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals' was released in May 2018. In a breakthrough year in 2018, a 15-date nationwide tour was followed by a sold-out launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London and performances at Ronnie Scott's, Love Supreme Festival, and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as touring to Spain, Hungary and Poland and features on BBC Radio 3, JazzFM and Hungarian television.
He has performed with, amongst others, Chris Cheek, Soweto Kinch, Stan Sulzmann, Mark Lockheart, Andrew McCormack, Maria Chiara Argirò, Thibaut François, the Blackbyrds, and Franco-Belgian duo André Charlier/Benoit Sourisse. He has appeared at 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 Egyptian national television.