Welcome to the website for world famous saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock. Have a look round the site to find out more about one of the UK's most prolific musicians.
Nigel Hitchcock is one of the leading alto sax players in the UK, in a career spanning jazz and a wide variety of session work. He started young, first picking up the alto at age eight and joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the still tender age of eleven. He plays regularly with leading players such as Stan and Clark Tracey and is enjoying his tenor role in the popular band 'Celebrating the Jazz Couriers'. His teqnique and tone quality on alto are outstanding. (Born: Rustington, England; 1971.)
What was the first kind of music you can remember listening to?
There was lots of classical music in the house, because my eldest sisters play violin, piano and flute and my brother was learning the clarinet. But then after a short period of playing the clarinet, my brother moved to saxophone, and he started bringing home Count Basie including a version of C Jam Blues, plus things like the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and Glen Miller, Bennie Goodman, Artie Shaw. So there was quite a mix.
The first album on has just come to fruition…
This is a smooth jazz album featuring a song from Beverley Craven of 'Promise Me' fame. The band is Laurence Cottle bass, Chris Dagley drums, Miles Bould or James Mac on perc, Dave Milligan or Richard Cottle keys, and Scott Firth on guitar, who plays some great solos.
Worldwide availabilty via Propernote.
Nigel is proud to announce the birth of his new record company… this wacky name is in fact an anagram of Nigel Hitchcock!
Nigel has this to say about it…
"I've been in the music business for 30 years now. When I started playing I wrongly presumed that if I was to take care of the 'playing great' part, that it would be somebody else's job to get my playing out to my audiences and fans. I now see that this is an outmoded idea. The established record companies have less and less clout in the market place, I think.
Nigel is again residing in the south of England. He said "I had an absolutely wonderful time in both the Isle of Skye, and Aberdeenshire over the the last 7 years, and I wouldn't change that for the world. I have met some incredible people, and some fantastic musicians up there, and I'm really proud to have made them my friends. There is a great deal to be learnt from the warmth of the people, music and culture, and I hope to have brought a little back with me."