7:30 p.m. Friday 1 June
Katie Brown won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist of the Year Award in 1992 and in 1994 won a Rotary Scholarship to study jazz for a year at the University of Tennessee. Since returning to the UK she has played with the likes of Scott Hamilton as well as her own band. She is also a highly respected jazz educator, and is reunited tonight with two outstanding former students, both rising stars in UK jazz: saxophonists Alex Hitchcock and Tom Smith.
Tom Smith was a BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist in both 2014 and 2016. He is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. His compositions have been broadcast on BBC4 and Radio 3. He has appeared several times at Bracknell Jazz, most recently with Gordon Campbell.
‘Fantastic sound, really assured playing and phrasing…very engaging’ – Jason Yarde
‘Technically outstanding abilities and a punchy, soulful tone’ – Soweto Kinch
Featured in featured in WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2016 (Jazzwise), London-born saxophonist and composer Alex Hitchcock completed the postgraduate jazz course at the RAM recently, studying with Iain Ballamy, Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, James Allsopp, and Pete Churchill. He appeared with Art Themen in Bracknell.
'...incredible young lion of the tenor sax'
– Gareth Lockrane
'A fantastic talent' – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM