Coronavirus update

9 March 2021.

I’m happy to say that some gigs have come in. For the last year it’s been hard to know when I’d play in front of an audience again & it’s been obvious that when things restart, the landscape would be different from how we all remember it.

Please check my gig page which I’ve just updated to include all my gigs. There are a few details missing but as soon as I get the info I’ll update everything.

Some of my new gigs will be live streamed & that has been a feature of the last year for a lot of people. It will never be the same as playing in front of a live audience but on the other hand, it enables people from all over the country (& all over the world of course) to see gigs that would normally only be available for people local to whatever venue they were played in.

Over the last few years I’ve become good friends with the lovely pianist/singer Wendy Kirkland & most of the new gigs are with her latin sextet (with her husband Pat Sprakes). Ten of them are live streamed & there are 6 gigs in October & November. Hopefully we will have got control of Covid-19 by then & nothing will prevent them from happening.

And for those who missed it, I’ve released a new album. It’s called ‘Dreamscapes’ & is an album of solo vibes that doesn’t have much to do with jazz other than that every track was completely improvised. It’s more of an ambient album & (people tell me) is great for relaxation, chilling out, meditation, mindfulness & yoga amongst other things. For the first time ever I decided to not press copies of the album so it’s only available digitally at https://rogerbeaujolais1.bandcamp.com/releases

And a reminder that I’ve digitised all my quintet albums, my Italian Trio album & the Vibraphonic album ‘Acid Jazzizms’ & they are all now available as digital downloads at Bandcamp. It’s also possible to download individual tracks. The links are
https://rogerbeaujolais.bandcamp.com/
https://rogerbeaujolaisquintet.bandcamp.com/
https://rogerbeaujolaisitaliantrio.bandcamp.com/album/barba-lunga
https://vibraphonic1.bandcamp.com/album/acid-jazzizms

My next quartet album was scheduled for release in October 2020 but with no gigs to promote it I decided to put it on hold. The album is a tribute to Milt Jackson & features the great Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen on 3 tracks. While I was toying with the idea of releasing it digitally I decided to release ‘Dreamscapes’ instead.

My plan now is to release the new quartet album once I can do some gigs to coincide with the release date. I will make hard copies of it when that happens. I wish I could be more definite (& more positive) but I think it’s unlikely this album will be released before spring 2022.

The following is what I wrote in May 2020 & I’ve kept it here as it’s still relevant & a snapshot of what was happening then.

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 socially 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. We now have a vaccine & I’m sure we all hope that at some point confidence will return & venues can reopen. Some promoters were ready to start having gigs again in autumn 2020 but their venues wouldn’t allow an audience. It’s a complicated scenario & a lot of factors need to coincide for normal service to resume. We all hope that will be soon!

Please check my gig page for the latest cancellations (as opposed to the latest gigs).

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.

https://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 the link above) & available through Amazon.

Roger Beaujolais - live cropped