In the tragically short 25 years life, before his car crash death, Clifford Brown’s ability to blend technique with emotion & create a rich, full sound, earned him praise as the “pre-eminent trumpeter.” Whilst idolising Dizzy Gillespie, Brown was “discovered” by Charlie Parker, whose bebop sound morphed with Clifford Brown’s style of attacking every note, and came to be called “hard bop.”
Starting in 1952, Brown’s short 4 years of jazz recordings began with the Art Blakey band and reached the high spots with the famous quintet featuring Sonny Rollins & Max Roach. Brown’s many compositions, including “Daahoud”,” Sandu” and “Joyspring” live as standards in the jazz repertoire.
Freddie Gavita is an in demand and versatile young musician ranging from searing trumpet with Paloma Faith to heartfelt ballads with the Ronnie Scott’s Club quintet. At St. James he leads a star line-up quintet to play the music of Clifford Brown.
Freddie Gavita on trumpet will be joined by Richard Shepherd – tenor/alto saxophones, Rob Barron – piano, Adam King– double bass and Matt Home – drums.
‘Freddie solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.’ – Ian Mann