Freddie Gavita Quartet
Wednesday 13 June 2018 8.30pm Toorak Hotel, Torquay
Freddie Gavita is increasingly making a name for himself on the UK jazz scene as a trumpeter, composer, arranger and teacher. In many cases you might not have noticed him when he has performed with Will Young, Daniel Beddinglfield, Marti Pellow, Andrea Corr, Noah and the Whale, Mick Hucknall, Curtis Stigers, or Georgie Fame, but his jazz credentials are more noticeable since Freddie Gavita he started winning awards in 2008. Recently winner of the British Jazz Awards “Best Trumpet of 2017,” Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene. With the release of his debut album “Transient” in April 2017, his star is certainly on the rise.
He is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet and jazz-rock outfit Fletch’s Brew as well as being a band leader in his own right. A fearless improviser, “he solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.”
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, he rose to prominence through the John Dankworth Orchestra, and has been a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra for ten years.
He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Big Band, twice at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and brought Roger Michell’s 2013 film “Le Week-end” to life with his inimitable muted trumpet stylings. Freddie has played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, John Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jon Faddis, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne, Seth McFarlane and Dionne Warwick.
Freddie has composed and arranged extensively, including Alexander Stewart’s masterpiece “I Thought About You” and the stunning “Beloved” commissioned by Calum Au for his 2012 release “Something’s Coming.”
“He has a soft, non-brassy tone that is so attractive that, at first, you scarcely notice the range, articulation and virtuosity of his playing. Until, that is, some impossibly long and ingenious phrase makes the point.” Guardian review of Transient
“A talented trumpet prodigy” John Walters, The Guardian
“Clearly one to watch” Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph