Bright young jazz talents see in the week at Bedford Arms

Alex Hitchcox
Alex Hitchcox

Two young musicians making waves on the London jazz scene will show off their skills in Bedford on Monday.

Tenor sax player Alex Hitchcox and guitarist Michael De Souza are finishing of their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and will perform at the weekly jazz night at the Bedford Arms.

Alex leads his own trio and runs the regular Sunday night jam at the Green Note in Camden, as well as working as a sideman in various other bands. In 2014, he began working with the National Youth Jazz Collective, having been director of Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra, touring to Istanbul and collaborating with Laurence Cottle. He has performed in venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Budapest Jazz Club and Jazz Club de Tunis.

Michael is a versatile and in-demand electric guitarist, as well as a prominent figure amongst the current wave of improvisers and jazz musicians emerging from the London scene. He also leads his own quintet, which play music composed by Michael specifically for the band, infusing jazz harmonies, rock riffs, Brazilian grooves and free improvisation.

As both a leader and a side-man, Michael has performed at some of the countries top Jazz venues, as well as London, Manchester and Herts Jazz festivals. Michael can regularly be heard performing in bars and clubs around London, playing anything from Funk to Bossa Nova. Completing the line up will be UK renowned double bassist Arnie Somogyi. Arnie is a much-sought after musician, composer, bandleader and a jazz lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire. He’s performed and recorded with a wide variety of leading musicians, from pop and rock legends Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and Charlie Watts to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Steve Grossman, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson,, Joey Calderazzo and Bud Shank. Arnie has featured on over 40 albums with leading talents including Eddie Henderson, Eric Alexander, Omar, Chris Botti and the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft.

Completing the line up will be resident drummer and host Mark Hale. Music as always starts at 8.30pm, with a suggested donation of £5 asked from the audience to pay the musicians for their performance, at the end of the first of their two sets.