James Copus, 1994, trumpet
WillBarry, 1991, piano
Joe Downard, 1991, doublebass
Jay Davis, 1989, drums
Alex Hitchcock, 1991, sax

Winner of the 2018 Conad Jazz Contest

The London-based Alex Hitchcock Quintet combines melodic sensitivity with virtuoso improvisation. The panel of Artistic Judges chaired by Renzo Arbore gave the following reason for awarding the band first place in the 2018 Conad Jazz Contest: “The Alex Hitchcock Quintet is unquestionably abounding in individual qualities. However, what really struck us was the solidity of the group as a whole and the maturity of the music that they presented. They offered an original, consistent perspective on jazz traditions”. Taking part in Umbria Jazz was one of the highlights of 2018 for the quintet, as they enjoyed ever greater success. A 15-date UK tour to promote their debut EP was followed by performances at the Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and the London Jazz Festival, concerts in Hungary, Poland and Spain, and appearances on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM. They have a packed schedule in 2019, with concerts lined up all over the UK.