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Alex Hitchcock Quintet

  • Flute & Tankard 4 Windsor Place Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3BX United Kingdom (map)

Alex Hitchcock tenor sax
James Copus trumpet/flugelhorn
Will Barry piano
Joe Downard bass
Jay Davis drums

A powerhouse quintet that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. The band's increasingly burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage was confirmed by first place at the Conad Jazz Contest at the 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival.

In a breakthrough year in 2018, a 15-date nationwide tour of their acclaimed debut EP was followed by a sold-out launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London and performances at Ronnie Scott's and Love Supreme Festival. Critic John Fordham called the EP 'an impressive calling card for a band with a bright future'.

Other highlights from the past year include performances at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals, the Royal Albert Hall and Jazz in the Round, as well as touring to Spain, Hungary and Poland and features on BBC Radio 3, JazzFM and Hungarian television.


'...[at Love Supreme 2018] they dazzled with a display of collective virtuosity, demonstrating that challenging acoustic jazz can hold its own, and retain the crowds’ Jazzwise

'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’

'I really, really enjoyed this’ Soweto Kinch, BBC Radio 3

'A young band on the way up’ Jazz Journal

'Alex Hitchcock's saxophone... spilling across the soundscape in streams of wild and unpredictable colour' The 405 Music and Culture Magazine

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