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Freddie Gavita Quartet @Seven Arts – Thus 29 Nov 8pm

Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) Josh Blackmore (drums)

Rising star Freddie Gavita won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter of 2017 and his 2017 album Transient was aimed at the heart, not the head, with a highly evocative collection of compositions written for his quartet. The music has global appeal with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing. A high-powered line up of top players ensures a night to remember.

“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

“Although he seems to be a permanent fixture in the Ronnie Scott club’s various house bands, this is trumpeter Freddie Gavita’s debut album with his own quartet. 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

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.”

“Clearly one to watch” Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph

“A talented trumpet prodigy” John Walters, The Guardian


youtube.com/watch?v=XTn6B7D59dg — ‘Transient’ Recording Session
youtube.com/watch?v=aOJd6O5mvGY — ‘Sprezzatura’ at Ronnie Scott’s
youtube.com/watch?v=MLIaFP5mIFc — Turnaround

Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) Josh Blackmore (drums)

Support (8-8.30pm) is from the popular Jack Chandler sextet 

Freddie Gavita Quartet @Seven Arts 29 November 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm

Tickets £16 full price £14 concessionary price, under 25’s £8

Tickets here : www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Address: Seven Arts 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD


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