Vital Contemporary Jazz Trailblazers Release New EP Ahead Of National Tour
Spring 2018 marks the release of Live At The London And Cambridge Jazz Festivals
, the outstanding new body of work from emerging luminaries of instrumental jazz the Alex Hitchcock Quintet. Led by an exciting young tenor saxophonist swiftly gaining a reputation as a skilful and unique player, Hitchcock and his band are five of London’s most sought after players, now establishing themselves as leading figures in their own right through gripping collaborative music.
As experienced players in the bands of jazz stars as diverse as Jasper Hoiby
, Chris Potter
and Elliot Galvin
, Hitchcock and his quintet have been secret weapon sidemen to those in the know for some time- the privilege of being the ‘go to’ musicians for more familiar talent allowing each member of the quintet to hone their skills on the live circuit, simultaneously developing an acute intuition for contemporary improvisation and original, absorbing composition.
Joined by James Copus
on trumpet and flugelhorn, Will Barry
(winner of The Musician’s Company’s 2017 jazz musician of the year award) on piano, Joe Downard
on bass and Jay Davis
on drums, Hitchcock and his quintet have drawn inspiration from artists as distinctive as Kneebody
to Ambrose Akinmusire
to Django Bates
. Fusing such a mixture of influences together and incorporating an inimitable interpretation of each, the Alex Hitchcock Quintet have created a forward-thinking and highly accomplished selection of music. The result of their collective endeavours is Live At The London And Cambridge Jazz Festivals
, a fresh and vibrant take on modern jazz, delivered with confidence and flair.
Having made a strong impact at both Love Supreme Festival and The London Jazz Festival
, as well as successful performances The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Rooms, Jazz In The Round and Pizza Express Jazz Club, not to mention an adventurous foray into Europe with media supported tours of Hungary and Poland, Alex Hitchcock’s Quintet are taking their live show to a selection of some of their favourite venues around the UK. These concerts will be a chance to witness the full impact of the new EP in a range of intimate environments, at a time when the quintet are still very much on the rise.
2018 is set to be a big year for the Alex Hitchcock Quintet, a band just as comfortable on an intimate club stage as at some of jazz’s biggest events. With a full album in the pipeline and likely appearances at a range of summer festivals, the new EP and tour is an opportunity for enthusiasts, experts and discerning music fans to get ahead of the game and get to know one of the best new bands on the circuit today.