Gig Details

Friday 18 May. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. Advance tickets from

Alex Hitchcock: sax; James Copus: trumpet; Will Barry: piano; Conor Chaplin: bass; Marc Michel: drums

 This Quintet features some of the most exciting rising stars of the UK’s jazz scene, who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Hoiby through Chris Potter to Clark Tracey. Stand-out performances from the past year include the London Jazz Festival (sold-out), New Generation Jazz (also sold-out), Love Supreme Festival, and the Royal Albert Hall.​’


Taking its compositional cue from an Anglo-American range of influences including Kneebody, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Jasper Hoiby, the group showcases a spirit of openness and interaction grounded in its members’ close musical relationships, while blurring the boundary between written and improvised music and balancing harmonic curiosity with melodic impact.

Featuring trumpeter James Copus (Clark Tracey Quintet, Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra), pianist Will Barry (Jasper Hoiby’s Fellow Creatures), bassist Conor Chaplin (Dinosaur) and French drummer Marc Michel (EYM), this gig will feature material from their forthcoming CD, “Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals”.

“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’ …

‘A fantastic young talent… undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’Gareth Lockrane

‘Sax virtuoso… one to watch’Jazzwise

‘…effectively mixed a traditional tenor-ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack’John Fordham, The Guardian

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


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