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Spektrix Ref 1: DGAH21


21 November | 12:00pm | £15 / £10 

Doors & coffee from 11:00am | Concert 12:00pm, ends 1:00pm, no interval


Deschanel Gordon, piano | Alex Hitchcock, saxophone | Shane Forbes, drums | Joe Downard, bass 


BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2021  Deschanel was born in Hackney and attended youth programmes such as the Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. Growing up he was surrounded by a wide range of music from gospel to reggae, and was inspired aged ten by a video of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson. This sparked his love of jazz and he switched from classical to jazz piano training. Deschanel plays in his own trio and with various bands across the London jazz scene, including the Mercury Prize nominated SEED ensemble and as a regular with Mark Kavuma’s The Banger Factory, also featuring on the album of the same name.


He has performed at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, The Barbican, the Love Supreme jazz festival in East Sussex, the Gent Jazz festival in Belgium and Winter Jazzfest in New York. Called ‘the piano man to watch’ by London Jazz News, Deschanel graduated from Trinity Laban in 2020 with first class honours.



Alex Hitchcock

‘An incredible saxophonist, with something very unique and original to say’ - Walter Smith III

Ivor Novello-nominated saxophonist Alex Hitchcock is regarded as one of the UK’s most virtuosic young jazz musicians. His group AuB, which released its debut album on Edition Records in 2020, was described as ‘ready to make cataclysmic waves in the sound of UK jazz’ by Jazzwise.

Named in 2018 and 2019 as 'one to watch' by Jazzwise magazine, he has performed with Chris Cheek, Soweto Kinch, Mark Lockheart, Nérija, Andrew McCormack, Ashley Henry, Maria Chiara Argirò, legendary American group the Blackbyrds, and Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.