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Music, Sun 6 May 2018

Alex Hitchcock

Alex Hitchcock


Rising tenor sax star Alex Hitchcock leads a youthful powerhouse quintet bristling with talent and oozing a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising.
When reviewing one of the band's gigs, the JazzMann commented: "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."

Alex worked as an Ambassador for the National Youth Jazz Collective, and in 2015 collaborated with promoters Serious to produce concerts at Rich Mix through their Young&Serious programme. In 2016, he completed a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music.

As well as leading his own projects, Alex plays in various other bands, including jazz-funk outfit Resolution 88 and the Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with, amongst others, Soweto Kinch, Laurence Cottle, Stan Sulzmann, Dennis Rollins and Art Themen.

A young man with remarkable poise and self-assurance, he is a relaxed and natural band leader who has already made a significant impact on the UK jazz scene within a very short space of time. He also knows how to put together a set list which balances his own original titles with familiar standards.

Along with Alex himself, the quintet features four of the most creative rising stars of the UK jazz scene - James Copus (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Will Barry (Piano), Joe Downard (Double Bass) and Jay Davis (Drums) - who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries, ranging from Jasper Hoiby and Chris Potter, to Elliot Galvin.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 6 May 2018


Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!
Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm


Colchester Arts Centre


Church Street,



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Colchester Arts Centre Parking

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By Public Transport

Many buses that come into Colchester Town Centre Colchester stop on Head Street and the High Street, which are both just a few minutes' walk from the venue.

The closest train station is Colchester Town Station, a 15 minute walk from the Arts Centre. Colchester North Station is a 20 minute walk away (follow the Fixing the Link walking trail) or only a 10 minute journey by bus.

There are bike racks at the Arts Centre.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality