Norwich jazz musician Freddie Gavita to release debut album
- Credit: Carl Hyde
Crowdfunding support has given a jazz trumpeter who went to school in Norwich the chance to release his debut album.
Freddie Gavita, 31, from Thorpe St Andrew and his band The Freddie Gavita Quartet will release their first album, called Transient, on Friday, April 28.
The production costs for the album were entirely funded through the website Kickstarter, where 150 people donated a total sum of £5,429.
Freddie was amazed by the support people were willing to give, he said: 'It probably wouldn't have happened if they hadn't donated to us.
'People were genuinely amazing. It is very confidence boosting to know that there are that many people out there who like our music so much to buy it before we have even made it.'
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Freddie started learning the trumpet 'by accident' through the Norfolk Music Service while he was a pupil in St William's Primary School.
'I wanted to learn trombone, but when the wife of my music teacher came into our assembly I put myself forward for trumpet by accident,' said Freddie.
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But he stuck with it, and credits his music teacher Dave Amis for being the leading light behind the scores of jazz musicians who hail from Norwich, including the pianist Kit Downes, and the drummer David Smith who now plays with Robert Plant.
'There are around four key areas in Britain that just seem to create jazz musicians - Norwich is one of them - and it all comes down to just one person who kind of inspires a scene.
'Once you have had a little bit of success with that, like Dave Amis did, I think people tend to see it is not weird and there is a pathway and an opportunity to progress.'
Freddie, who now lives in London, is eager to see his hometown fans when he and the band play at the Maddermarket Theatre on October 17.
• The Freddie Gavita Quartet will be holding an album launch party for Transient on April 19 at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. For more details visit ronniescotts.co.uk/upstairsronnies