Alex is a musician, composer, arranger, and teacher from London. He performs regularly at venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, and Cafe Oto, including a current bimonthly residency upstairs at Ronnie Scott's. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Jazz Piano Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, finishing in 2013. His big band arrangements have been toured across the country by the Guildhall Big Band, and he has been teaching a range of students, both individually and in classes, for the last 10 years.
Alex started playing the piano aged 3, learning with his mum at home and accompanying the choir at his nursery. Playing Mozart to packed local concerts aged 8 he was dubbed a “prodigy” in the local press. Alex completed his grade 8 aged 12 and won the prestigious local Harlow Young Musician of the Year Award.
Continuing to learn with Colin Stone of the Royal Academy of Music, Alex's interest in jazz evolved from a method of individual experimentation and playing at local jam sessions. Constantly composing and trying new things, Alex was jamming at Ronnie Scotts at 16, heading down there with school friends on a Wednesday night and playing until the early hours
He graduated from Cambridge University in 2013 where he played regularly with the Andy Bowie Quartet, and went on to study on the Jazz Piano Masters Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying under musicians including Gareth Lockrane, Jason Rebello and Malcolm Edmonstone.
Alex leads his Compositions Trio, playing with Will Glaser on drums and Ed Ireland on bass; and his Standards Trio with Tom Jiggins on drums. Alex also performs in an innovative free improvisation ensemble, Jazzsmith; swing band ‘The Jitter Kings’; and the quartet Hitchcock/Veitch/Gedrych/Pritchard who recently performed a headline slot at the Cambridge Jazz Festival.
He plays as a sideman in several other bands including with West End vocalist Joanne Evans, Alex Hitchcock, Matt Gedrych and Vij Prakash. He recently released GIG I EP with his Compositions Trio, and Pre-Gig EP as a duo with Joanne Evans.
Alex counts Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Fats Waller among his main influences. In his spare time Alex enjoys active pursuits such as running and cycling: a county champion athlete and long distance cyclist from London to Barcelona in summer 2016. He also enjoys reading and taking photographs.
Alex looks forward with excitement to the future with a view to releasing a full length trio album early next year.