Freddie Gavita Quartet

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Freddie Gavita Quartet

26 November @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Freddie Gavita Quartet

At Crookes Social Club, 8-11 pm

Freddie: trumpet & flugelhorn
Tom Cawley: piano
Calum Gourlay: bass
Will Glaser: drums

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Another chance to enjoy Freddie Gavita’s quartet whose 2017 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. Think of Navarro and Clifford Brown and their fat sound then listen to Miles. Freddie lies, not quite central, more (much more) towards Fats and Clifford and yet, still remains his own man. Ten original compositions and a rhythm section to die for make this as good a trumpet album as you’re likely to hear either side of the Atlantic this year” – 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. Until, that is, some impossibly long and ingenious phrase makes the point. All 10 pieces here are his own compositions and these, too, are deceptively easy on the ear. They’re alluring, but there’s nothing random or commonplace about them. The Kickstarter sponsors who funded this can be well pleased with what they have made possible” – Dave Gelly, The Guardian

“Transient” represents an impressive, if long awaited, début statement from Gavita. The musicianship is excellent throughout with engineer Curtis Schwartz capturing every nuance of the playing. Gavita’s technique is never in doubt but he also impresses with his writing on a varied set of tunes that encompasses a variety of jazz styles and explores a lot of interesting rhythmic and harmonic ideas.” – 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

Glasgow born, London-based double bassist and composer Calum Goulay is known for his deep warm tone, controlled execution as both a supporter and improviser and rock-solid time and pulse. He was the first bassist selected for the first Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as other ensembles. Calum graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and with first class honours and since then has become a mainstay on the London jazz scene, performing with the Kit Downes Trio, Tommy Smith Group, Will Vinson, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano and John Scofield. Calum also works with Kurt Elling, Martin Speake, Martin Kershaw and Sheila Jordan and writes for his own big band which has a monthly residency at the Vortex in London.

Since Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in 2014, Nottinghamshire-born drummer and percussionist Will Glaser has become a highly in-demand sideman on the British Jazz scene, playing with a wide range of musicians including Soweto Kinch, Dame Cleo Laine, Stan Sulzmann, Kit Downes, Nikki Iles, Alex Garnett, Martin Speake, Josephine Davies, Yazz Ahmed, Eddie Parker, Henry Lowther, Babelfish and Liam Noble. Will’s influences draw eclectically from across jazz history, improvised music and anywhere else and he can be heard playing anything from traditional Jazz, in straight ahead settings to improvised music or avant rock.

Video Links

‘Transient’ Recording Session

‘Sprezzatura’ at Ronnie Scott’s

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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26 November
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


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