Saxophone Summit

76 Tudor Drive
United Kingdom

South East
Michael Janisch
07810 675920


Michael Janisch is one of the most dynamic, driven, and enthusiastic of the new generation of jazz musicians on the international music scene today. A native of the United States, now living in London, he is a relentless performer and renowned bandleader, whose musicianship and virtuosity on the electric and acoustic bass have made him one of the most in-demand young musicians in the UK and beyond. With an established reputation as a guiding light for creating world-class collaborations between musicians in the US and the UK, Michael takes to the road with his Saxophone Summit band, featuring three top flight sax men - Nigel Hitchcock, Alex Garnett, and Joel Frahm.

Originally from Wisconsin, Michael has, at the age of 30, accumulated an impressive and diverse CV. An alumnus of Boston's Berklee College of Music, and a veteran of the Boston jazz scene, Michael has shared the stage with jazz legends such as Shirley Horn, Dianne Reeves, Hal Crook, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, and Joe Locke. He also has performances at Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, The Hollywood Bowl, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, and The North Sea Jazz Festival under his belt, as well as a stint playing in a Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Quincy Jones at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Since his arrival in London in 2005, Michael has worked with many of the UK’s leading innovators and established artists including Jason Rebello, Jean Toussaint, Tim Garland, Julian Joseph, Tommy Smith, Christine Tobin, Dennis Rollins, Gerard Presencer, Soweto Kinch and Gwilym Simcock. He was given the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2007. Michael’s debut album, Purpose Built, was released to critical acclaim in 2009. Michael is also a member of Gary Husband’s Drive, and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, and Trinity College.

Nigel Hitchcock has enjoyed first call status as a saxophonist in the UK since the age of 16. He began playing the recorder aged six, and the saxophone aged eight. After leaving school at 16, and already a seasoned professional working in such youth bands as NYJO, etc, Nigel walked straight into the London session scene, recording TV jingles, movie soundtracks, pop solos and various other library albums, as he still does today. In 1989 he joined the contemporary saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers, touring Europe and South-East Asia with the foursome over an 18 month period, leaving to continue his pop/session career after receiving three jazz awards: the Schlitz award for rising star, the Cleo Laine Personal Award for best young musician, and the Pat Smythe Trust award.

Alex Garnett, one of the leading tenor sax men in Europe for over a decade, is perhaps best known on the jazz scene for his work with Ray Gelato’s Giants, but can equally well be found in settings that range from Jools Holland to Van Morrison; a versatile musician, he has enjoyed success as both a professional freelancer as a jazz artist, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist.

US-based Joel Frahm is highly regarded as one of the most exciting and prominent voices on tenor saxophone. A champion of the New York Jazz scene, he has been a first call saxophonist for over 20 years, and he has had long-standing musical relationships with Matt Wilson, David Berkman, Maynard Ferguson, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Larry Goldings, Jane Monheit, and Brad Mehldau, with whom he was high school friends and recorded a duo album, Don’t Explain, in 2004. One of his most ambitious projects to date was his 2007 recording, We Used to Dance, which features Stan Getz, Rufus Reid, Kenny Barron, and Victor Lewis.

Steve Brown started playing drums aged 15, going on to study in New York in the early 1990s. In 1993, as part of the Jim Hunt Quartet, he was a finalist in the European Jazz Competition; he also worked in the Far East with Dave Newton, as well as playing in Spain and France. He has worked with almost every major British artist, and has accompanied many visiting American musicians, including Conte Candoli, Kenny Davern, Harry Edison, Art Farmer, Mundell Lowe, George Masso, Warren Vache, Ralph Sutton, Junior Mance, and Barry Harris. In addition to being part of Scott Hamilton's Quartet since 2000, he is a member of John Bunch's British trio, and has recorded a number of albums with both of these groups. His other studio credits include albums with Stacy Kent, Dave Cliff, various Alan Barnes groups, Dave Newton, and Andy Panayi.

Ross Stanley began piano lessons aged four, at 13 he was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music, completing a BMUS in classical and jazz piano in 2004. He has since worked with jazz names such as Liane Carroll, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Stan Sulzman, Bobby Wellins and Steve Arguelles, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, and the Jacqui Dankworth band, and performing in many small and large ensembles.

  • "The real treat of the festival was Michael Janisch, who seizes his instrument with a blend of speed and energy as if he wants to be melody, harmony and rhythm all at once" - The Telegraph

  • "Nigel Hitchcock [is] a musical genius" -

  • "Alex Garnett is one of Great Britain's most accomplished post-bop musicians" -

  • "Joel Frahm, one of the young band leaders often heard in New York’s small jazz clubs, sounds supremely comfortable playing the tenor saxophone" - The New York Times

• Ross Stanley - (piano)
• Michael Janisch - (acoustic bass)
• Alex Garnett - (alto & tenor saxophone)
• Steve Brown - (drums)
• Nigel Hitchcock - (alto saxophone)
• Joel Frahm - (tenor saxophone)

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