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NICK FITCH QUARTET
The main stage was at “Open” in the City Centre and first up was local trad band “Dixiemix”. Hard on their heels came Norwich’s next big thing: 19 year old guitarist,Nick Fitch- who fronted the Nick Fitch Quartet, comprising the equally precocious talents of Tom Smith on saxes and flute; Ed Dunlop on drums; and, Norwich’s best kept secret-till now-,
Owen Morgan on upright and electric basses.
Fitch is a recent NYJO recruit, and winner of a scholarshio to this year’s GMF Summer School in Certado. The band belied their youth with musical skill beyond their years playing classics including Miles Davis’ Seven Steps to Heaven – all played with real panache but really showing their mettle to best effect on contemporary pieces such as Gwilym Simcock’s “Barber Blues” with, Owen “Jaco’s –in- the- house” Morgan nailing the bass right down to the sandy Norfolk soil beneath him and Ed Dunlop fast, sharp and swinging on drums.
Their version of Jim Mullen’s Medication was another triumph, Smith switching between alto and tenor throughout the set before a final flourish of flute in Gareth Lockrane’s Stutterfunk earned them their warm reception from an appreciative crowd.
© Nick Fitch 2019