Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock Quintet play 'Lock and Griffin'

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Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock Quintet play ‘Lock and Griffin’

30 September @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock Quintet
play ‘Lock and Griffin’

30 September at Crookes Social Club
8.00 – 10.45 pm, doors open 7.20 pm

Xhosa Cole: tenor sax
Alex Hitchcock: tenor sax
Deschanel Gordon: piano
Joe Downard: bass
Shane Forbes: drums

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Xhosa Cole and Alex Hitchcock, two of the best young tenor sax players in the UK, join forces with rising star Deschanel Gordon, whose stunning Sheffield debut with his own trio in Autumn 2021 was a highlight of that season. Supported by another rising star, Joe Downard on bass and drummer Shane Forbes, a founding member of the award winning band Empirical, this band will be performing material from the classic Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis/Johnny Griffin hard-bop album ‘Live at Mintons’. Expect the kind of hearty, bluesy, full-blowing jazz associated with the contrasting tenor styles of these two fiery tenor greats. 

Critically acclaimed saxophonist, flautist and composer, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community outreach arts programmes in Birmingham.  Crowned BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018, Jazz Newcomer of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Jazz FM’s Breakthrough Act of the Year 2020, Xhosa is a talent to be reckoned with. With a searing technique and a thoughtful approach to the music solidly based in the classic jazz canon, he is without doubt a rising star. Xhosa’s deep and authentic connection to the lineage of Jazz music has helped to establish him among the most exciting young talents in the country. His debut recording ‘K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us’ was released in 2020.  www.xhosacole.com/

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and described by Jazzwise as part of ‘the shape of jazz to come’, saxophonist and composer Alex Hitchcock‘s fluent, melodic and creative sax style has already made a significant impression on the UK jazz scene with performances at the likes of Love Supreme and the North Sea Jazz Festival, international tours and appearances on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM. His four recordings to date, which include a live album in 2017 and his latest ‘AuB’ in 2020 in partnership with Tom Barford have gained critical acclaim. Alex is also a member of the award-winning contemporary big band Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. www.alexhitchcock.co.uk/

“An incredible saxophonist, with something very unique and original to say” – Walter Smith III

Winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020, Deschanel Gordon’s performance in Sheffield with his own trio last year was a revelation. Deschanel has worked with the likes of upcoming trumpeter Mark Kavuma, Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble and US-born singer Judi Jackson. Growing up he was surrounded by a wide range of music from gospel to reggae and was inspired by a video of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson. This sparked his love of jazz and he switched from classical to jazz piano training. A graduate from Trinity Laban, Deschanel has performed at many of London’s best-known jazz venues and jazz festivals in Europe and the USA.

“He possesses an assured command of different styles, while at the same time adding his own individual touch, flair, and technical competence.” – Orphy Robinson

Joe Downard is a crucial component to many of the UK’s top rhythm sections, from modern contemporary Jazz and Soul to Electronic and Western African music. He has toured extensively and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Gregory Porter and some of the top UK jazz instrumentalist. His own band, the Joe Downard Sextet, released their debut album ‘Seven Japanese Tales’ in 2020 featuring original compositions.  www.joedownard.com/

‘Anyone who doubts there’s a UK jazz scene worth taking note of should listen to Joe Downard’s album. A truly impressive debut.’ – Jasper Høiby

Shane Forbes is known for his passion for playing and learning all styles of music and is member of multi award winning British jazz group Empirical. He has worked with most of the great names on the British jazz scene including Jean Toussaint, Soweto Kinch, Steve Williamson and, Julian Joseph and with numerous internationally artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Grossman, Robert Mitchell and Enrico Rava.

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

We encourage you to book tickets online in advance, to avoid missing out and to make life easier and safer for our Door Team.  It will be possible to pay for entry at the door (preferably by contactless payment) if seats are available.

Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz


30 September
8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114