Coronavirus update

There’s not much to say that everyone doesn’t know already. I’ve had quite a few gigs cancelled & I’m fairly certain that a lot of the ones that haven’t been, will be soon. It’s hard to imagine how venues can open if the audience needs to social distance. And they probably will till we have a vaccine.  Socially distancing in a venue would mean not so many people would be able to come along & there’d be less money taken on the door. As the clubs all work on a shoestring budget it’s difficult to see how they could survive like that unless us musicians all accepted less money. When what we get is pretty similar to what we all got 20-25 years ago when the cost of living was a fraction of what it is now. And of course, even if the audience could socially distance, it’s not possible for the musicians.

So there we have it.

Please check my gig page for the latest cancellations (as opposed to the latest gigs) although I’m going away soon & am not able to update my site while I’m away. Also, I’m afraid I will also not be able to sell CD’s via my site while I’m away. I can’t disable that page so it will look like I’ll be still selling CD’s so please be aware that I’m not.

I was planning to release a new album with my quartet in October 2020 but everything is on hold now. I was hoping to have a tour to promote it & was talking to promoters about dates when we had to go in lockdown. The album is finished so I may just release it digitally. If I don’t it will get released in over a year’s time & I’d like it out before that. Watch This Space!

Below is some info on my last album – ‘Barba Lunga’ with my Italian Trio (released Jan 2019).

It features Giacomo Dominici on electric & double basses & Alessandro Pivi on drums & was recorded in Pesaro, Italy in May 2018.

We’ve had a couple of reviews & quite a few radio plays. Below I’ll put links to the reviews & also to a couple of radio interviews. In the radio interviews I talk about how the album came out & includes some background information on some of the tunes.

http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/the-roger-beaujolais-italian-trio-barba-lunga/

Interview with John Hellings for BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester & Radio Shropshire – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p070mx4l

Interview with Walter Love on BBC Radio Ulster – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003130

You can buy ‘Barba Lunga’ right here on my website. Just go to the Shop. It’s also available as a digital download at bandcamp at https://rogerbeaujolaisitaliantrio.bandcamp.com/album/barba-lunga & is also available through Amazon.

In the last 24 hours (Dec 8 2019) I’ve just added a lot of my other albums to bandcamp so now it’s possible to digitally download the albums or any of the tracks. The albums available are:

Roger Beaujolais Quintet – ‘For Old Times’ (1999), ‘I’ll See You Tonight’ (2002), ‘Sentimental’ (2005) & ‘Blue Reflections’ (2007).

My two quartet albums ‘Mind The Gap’ (2013) & ‘Sunset’ (2017) are already available on bandcamp.

And now, so is the last Vibraphonic album ‘Acid Jazzizms’ (2000).

You can find them all by searching on the bandcamp site.

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