NYJC Summer School year(s): 2010
Peter Whittingham Award 2018
Conad Jazz Contest at 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival
London-born Alex Hitchcock is an award-winning saxophonist and composer. His group AuB, which releases its first 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 release ‘All Good Things’ 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’.
Named in 2018 and 2019 as ‘one to watch’ by Jazzwise magazine, he has performed with Chris Cheek, Soweto Kinch, Cherise Adams-Burnett, 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) 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.
Alex is a D’Addario Woodwinds, Henri Selmer Paris and SYOS artist.
It was the first time I’d ever been able to focus on music exclusively for a longer period of time, which was a really big deal for me and solidified the decision that I wanted to make a career as a musician. The amount of amazing musicians, both students and teachers, in the same place was really inspiring. We got to work with the great drummer John Hollenbeck, and playing tunes like John’s ‘Flock’ or Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ where even the structure was improvised was eye-opening – I’d never got to play anything like that before. I co-lead a project, AuB, with Tom Barford, who I met for the first time on the 2010 summer school!”