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Nigel Hitchcock

Nigel Hitchcock
on stage with Mark Knopfler in Dresden/Germany, July 4th, 2013
Background information
Born (1971-01-04) 4 January 1971 (age 43)
Rustington, England
Genres Jazz, pop
Occupations saxophonist
Years active 1982–present

Nigel Hitchcock (born Nigel Hitchcock in Rustington, England, 4 January 1971) is an English jazz saxophonist.


Hitchcock began to play alto sax at the age of eight. In 1982 he and his elder brother Clive joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. After one year Nigel took the lead alto chair for the next five years. During this time the orchestra toured with different musicians such as Vic Damone, Buddy Greco and Al Martino.

At the age of 16 Hitchcock moved to London and began his career as a session musician and also had recorded TV jingles, movie soundtracks, and pop solos.

In 1989 he joined the contemporary saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers. The band toured Europe and South-East Asia for 18 months. With Itchy Fingers Hitchcock received three jazz awards: the Schlitz award for rising star, the Cleo Laine Personal Award for best young musician, and the Pat Smythe Trust award. He left the band to continue as a pop and session musician.

Nigel has performed with many artists including Tom Jones, Wet Wet Wet, Beverley Craven, Ray Charles, Robbie Williams, and Mark Knopfler and has released his solo album "Snake Ranch Sessions".




  • Clark Tracey/ Stability - Linn Records AKD159 - 2001
  • Colin Towns Mask Orchestra / Another Think Coming - Provocateur PVC1028
  • Richard Niles / Club Deranged - Nucool NC0001 - 1999
  • Franc O'Shea / Esprit - Alltone ALFO 003 - 1999
  • Kate Dimbleby / Good Vibrations - Black Box BBJ1004 - 1998
  • Don Weller Big Band / Live - 33 Records 33jazz032 - 1997
  • Colin Towns Mask Orchestra / Nowhere & Heaven - Provocateur PVC 1013 - 1996
  • Laurence Cottle / Live! - Jazzizit JITCD9504 - 1995
  • Paul Spong / Holdin' On Big - Bat BBM 9501 - 1995
  • Clark Tracey / Full Speed Sideways - 33 Records 33Jazz018 - 1994
  • Guy Barker's Extravaganza / Isn't It? - Spotlite SPJ-CD 545 - 1993
  • Laurence Cottle / Five Seasons - WAD CD 001 - 1992
  • Claire Martin / Devil May Care - Linn AKD021 - 1993
  • Masque (Niki Falzon) / Twilight Moods - MASQUE 9361 - 1992
  • Itchy Fingers / Live - enja 6076 2 - 1991
  • Sax Appeal / Flat out - HEP CD 2050 - 1991
  • Tony Crombie & Friends / Renaissance - CDREN 001 - 1989


  • Barbara Windsor / You've Got A Friend - Telstar TVCD3034 - 1999
  • Chris Young / The Man Who Knew Too Little (soundtrack) - Varese Sarabande 5886 - 1997
  • Sax Moods / Capture the spirit - Dino DINCD106 - 1995
  • Michael Ball / One Careful Owner - Columbia 477280 2 - 1994
  • Mark Isham / Cool World (movie soundtrack) - Varese Sarabande VSD-5382 - 1992
  • London Symphony Orchestra / Classic Rock-Wind of Change - Columbia MoodCD19 - 1991

External links

  • Official website
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Myspace

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