Roger Beaujolais Quartet with Special Guest Tommaso Starace
Friday, May 11, 2018
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Roger Beaujolais is a Professor of Music at Trinity College of Music, London. He was a relatively late starter playing the vibraphone at 24, performing his first concert at 28 and making a living as a professional musician by 30.
He originally gained recognition with the ‘80s jump jive favourites The Chevalier Brothers with Ray Gelato. After a brief spell with chart topping Fairground Attraction, Roger formed the Latin jazz Beaujolais Band who released two top selling albums on Acid Jazz Records, including a number one track in the US jazz charts in 1995.
The quartet has worked together for so long that people often comment about the telepathy of the musicians. And, although there is often resisitance to hearing too many original compositions, Roger is able to get away with it because his compositions sound just like jazz standards!
The quintet was conceived to play mainly original, acoustic music in a classic modern jazz setting. Its influences are the small bands of the Fifties including the hard bop and cool schools of the same era, with a huge nod to the Blue Note label.
A feature of the band is the rhythm section. It combines dynamic interplay without ever losing a hard swinging drive and covers a lot of ground stylistically.
Line-up: Roger Beaujolais – vibraphone, Robin Aspland – piano,
Yuri Goloubev – bass, Winston Clifford – drums, Tommaso Starace – alto and soprano saxophone.
All meetings start at 7.45pm - doors open at 6.30pm