Freddie Gavita (t) Tom Cawley (p) Conor Chaplin (b) James Maddren (d)
Freddie is one of the most in demand young trumpeter players in Britain, a regular at Ronnie Scott’s. He leads a seriously good band, playing Freddie’s compositions. The band has been wowing audiences around the UK with their unique brand of melody driven contemporary jazz, aimed at the heart not the head.
Freddie began playing piano aged 6, and took up the trumpet at 7, learning with Norfolk jazz legend Dave Amis, who taught Freddie until he left Norwich for London in 2004. He took a shine to the music of Louis Armstrong as a child, which left him in no doubt about pursuing a career as a jazz trumpeter.
Having been described as “a cross between Kenny Wheeler and Freddie Hubbard” during the Norwich Students’ Jazz Orchestra performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2002, Freddie went on to gain a place on the inaugural Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz program. He then graduated from the degree course in 2008 with first class honours in Jazz Trumpet, having studied under Gerard Presencer, Pat White, Martin Speake, Mike Lovatt, Noel Langley, Nick Smart and Tim Garland.A stalwart of NYJO from 2004-7, Freddie has been a fixture on the British big-band scene. He plays regularly with the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band, the Dankworth Million Dollar Big Band, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, the Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Frank Griffith Big Band, the Callum Au Big Band, and has been a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra since 2007. He also runs his own big band, a joint project with fellow Academy graduate Calum Gourlay. The band has notably appeared in the London Jazz Festival and opened the first Con-Fest in 2010. One of Freddie’s most prestigious performances was as a featured soloist on BBC Radio 2 with the BBC Big Band.