Freddie Gavita Quartet

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Freddie Gavita Quartet

Fri 26 11 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Freddie Gavita Quartet

At Crookes Social Club, 8-11 pm

Freddie: trumpet & flugelhorn
Tom Cawley: piano
Tom Farmer: bass
Josh Blackmore: drums

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Another chance to enjoy Freddie Gavita’s quartet whose 2018 gig at Crookes was so impressive. Rising star Freddie is establishing a reputation as one of the top trumpeters on the UK jazz scene. He won the British Jazz Award for Best Trumpeter of 2017 and his acclaimed debut album ‘Transient’ was aimed at the heart, not the head, with a highly evocative collection of compositions written for his quartet. Expect scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing from a line-up of top players which again features Freddie’s long- time collaborator, the award-winning keyboard player Tom Cawley. “Bebop for the 21st century” – Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz.

Winner of the British Jazz Awards ‘Best Trumpet of 2017’ Freddie Gavita 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, Freddie rose to prominence through the John Dankworth Orchestra and has been a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra for over ten years. He appeared as soloist with the BBC Big Band, three times 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. He 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’.

Freddie has played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jon Faddis, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne, Seth McFarlane and Dionne Warwick. Freddie cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene with the release of his debut album ‘Transient’ in 2017 that attracted wide critical acclaim.

“There are other, more hyped up, players around but few have the feeling, the technique and the sound that Gavita has”. – Bebop spoken here

“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”. – Dave Gelly, The Guardian

“Transient” represents an impressive, if long awaited, début statement from Gavita. The musicianship is excellent throughout …” – The Jazz Mann 

Award-winning pianist, composer, bandleader and educator Tom Cawley is one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists. Tom regularly leads the house band at Ronnie Scott’s club, and he is also a professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music. His group, Curios, won Best Band in the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards and their three albums have received huge critical acclaim.  His mature playing and fluent technique have made him the pianist of choice for many musicians, including Charlie Watts, Tim Garland, Dave O’Higgins, singer Gwyneth Herbert and saxophonist Pete Wareham’s band Acoustic Ladyland. Tom has performed worldwide, in major clubs, venues and festivals, with some of the country’s leading artists, most notably Peter Gabriel, with whom he also recorded two albums and a live DVD. “Cawley…an excellent, fluid, pianist with a deft touch and a superb improviser’s imagination.” Time Magazine

Bassist Tom Farmer started his musical career as a pianist and electric bass player, before focussing on double bass in 2002 at the Guildhall School of Music. He is a founder member of award winning British jazz group Empirical who have twice been voted Best Jazz Ensemble in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards as well as MOBO Best Jazz Act and Jazz Album of the Year by Jazzwise and Mojo. Tom has also performed and recorded with numerous other musicians including, Ant Law, Tim Garland, Ivo Neame, Joe Webb’s Trio and Will Arnold-Forster’s trio.

Drummer Josh Blackmore is a founding member of Tom Cawley’s award-winning band Curios and also co-founded the acclaimed trio TROYKA with Kit Downes and Chris Montague. In 2009 Josh joined forces with DJ Hip-Hop artist Floating Points to form the Floating Points Ensemble and recorded a BBC Radio Gilles Peterson feature. He has also recorded and toured extensively with bands such as Bill Laurence group, Strobes,  Marius Neset, Squarepusher, Andrew McCormack’s ‘Graviton’ and many more.

Video Links

Here are links to Freddie’s gig at Crookes in 2018

Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

For now we are continuing to restrict numbers and use reserved seating. So we encourage you to book seats online in advance, to secure the seat you want and avoid missing out and to make life easier and safer for our Door Team.  It will be possible to pay for entry at the door (preferably by contactless payment) if seats are available.

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Fri 26 11 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114