Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Album Launch

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Last Show: Monday 14 th May 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The Alex Hitchcock Quintet ('a fantastic talent' – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM) return to PizzaExpress Live supporting their highly anticipated debut release, 'Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals', as part of a 15-date UK tour. Having already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin, the quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene. Highlights from the past year include performances at Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, and the London Jazz Festival, as well as a tour of Hungary and Poland and radio play on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM.
Ticket price includes a copy of 'Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals'.

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''If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose'’ – thejazzmann.com

"A fantastic young talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future" – Helen Mayhew (JazzFM)

The quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene, who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin.

Glassy saxophone and trumpet unison blends with rhythmic fireworks created between piano and drums, alternating angularity and muted warmth. Influences range from the explosive energy of Kneebody and the complexity and nuance of Ambrose Akinmusire to European trailblazers Phronesis and Django Bates.

'‘Sax virtuoso... one to watch'’ 
Jazzwise

''Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits’' 
Bebop Spoken Here

''...effectively mixed a traditional tenor-ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack''
John Fordham (The Guardian)

 

Band Lineup

Alex Hitchcock (tenor saxophone)

James Copus (trumpet/flugelhorn)

Will Barry (piano)

Joe Downard (bass)

Jay Davis (drums)