Born in Rustington, England (UK) on 4 January 1971, Nigel Hitchcock began to play the 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. He left the band to continue as a pop and session musician. He played tenor saxophone on Kate’s songs Rubberband Girl, Constellation Of The Heart, Eat The Music, and Why Should I Love You? plus baritone saxophone on the song Rubberband Girl.