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 theConad 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 andHungarian 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.