Gig Details

Friday 15 November. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz at the same net price as on the door.

Alex Hitchcock: sax; Will Barry: piano; Ferg Ireland: bass; Shane Forbes: drums

Described by Jazzwise as part of ‘the shape of jazz to come’, saxophonist Alex Hitchcock made a big impression in Sheffield with his quintet in Spring 2018 and is now joined by three of the UK’s most acclaimed improvising musicians, including pianist Will Barry who has particularly impressed on previous visits to Sheffield. The group won the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2018 and it plays original music that is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, but the powerhouse rhythm section are unafraid to take the music in bold new directions. Expect driving swing as well as propulsive grooves and virtuosic soloing.

Alex Hitchcock is an award-winning London-born saxophonist and composer. He leads this band and his own quintet, whose increasingly burgeoning reputation on the international jazz stage was confirmed by first place in the Conad 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 and Hungarian television.

He has performed with, amongst others, Chris Cheek, Soweto Kinch, Stan Sulzmann, Mark Lockheart, Andrew McCormack, and the Blackbyrds. 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.

‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’ …Gareth Lockrane 

‘Sax virtuoso’ … Jazzwise 

‘A fantastic talent… undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’ …Helen Mayhew, JazzFM

‘Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits’ … Bebop Spoken Here

Will Barry is a pianist, drummer and percussionist from London who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 and was winner of the Jazz Young Musician Award in 2017  He is part of numerous projects internationally, most prominently with Phronesis bassist Jasper Høiby’s group ‘Fellow Creatures’, one of the bands with whom he has previously appeared in Sheffield. With his deft touch and finely honed musicality, Will’s playing is a joy to hear. “…sensitive and fluid – a beautiful sound”… Chucho Valdés

Ferg Ireland graduated in 2011 with a BMus in jazz double bass. He is a much in-demand musician, a founding member of the Kansas Smitty’s House Band and bassist for some of the leading Jazz musicians in the UK (Soweto Kinch, Zhenya Strigalev, Jay Phelps, Ruby Rushton, Nathaniel Facey, Reuben James, Ashley Henry) as well as for visiting US luminaries.

Shane Forbes (drums) was Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2009 and is a member of “Empirical”, with whom he won the North Sea Jazz Festival Prize as best new band in 2007. He has collaborated with some of the main jazz musicians of the UK jazz scene including Jean Toussaint, Billy Jenkins, Claire Martin, Robert Mitchell, and Soweto Kinch.