7:30 p.m. Friday 6 April
Katie Brown studied clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music followed by saxophone and Jazz at the University of Tennessee. She teaches saxophone, clarinet and coaches ensembles at a number of schools, including St Paul's School (boys), London, which is where she taught rising stars Tom Smith and Alex Hitchcock the saxophone. When time allows, she plays as a freelance jazz musician and over the years has had the pleasure and honour of working with such legends as Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes and Ken Peplowski amongst others. She also recorded an album in 2010 called Metamorphosis.
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