The Roger Beaujolais Trio plays a selection of Roger Beaujolais’ compostions & a variety of tunes from the history of jazz covering styles including swing, to bossa nova, to bebop & including more modern influences. Roger’s current trio includes Simon Thorpe on double bass & Rob Palmer on guitar.
Roger Beaujolais – vibraphone/composer
Despite starting to play vibraphone at the age of 24, being completely self-taught & performing in public for the first time at the age of 28, Roger Beaujolais is the first vibraphone player to be able to make a living playing the instrument in the UK. And he has done so for almost 30 years now. In that time he has covered a lot of ground – playing jump/jive all over the world with the Chevalier Brothers in the ‘80’s, making latin/jazz & soul/jazz albums in the early ’90’s & being signed to Disney’s Hollywood record label & having a number 1 on the jazz charts in the USA. He has also played on numerous pop sessions including Duffy, Rumer, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Paul Weller & Alexander O’Neal.
Currently he plays mostly acoustic jazz in various formats. 2012 sees the release of his 18th album, his first as a quartet.
Roger is a Professor of Music at Trinity College of Music.
Simon Thorpe – double bass
One of Britain’s most popular bass players, Simon is well known for his great sound, melodic solos & solid beat.
For several years he played with Stacey Kent & Jim Tomlinson (featuring on 5 of their albums). He has been laying down the bass line for the Bobby Wellins Quartet since 1998 & is a favourite with many of the greats in Britain & the USA inc. Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Alan Barnes, Dave Cliff & Don Weller.
Simon leads swing band Jiving Miss Daisy, has played numerous sessions & also composes music for TV & radio.
Rob Palmer – guitar
Eclectic guitarist Rob Palmer has been performing/recording in a variety of jazz related musical situations for the last 20 years. From jazz/funk alongside JAMIROQUAI’S keyboard player MATT JOHNSON to free improv with violinist PHIL WACHSMANN. Recent projects include and ‘ambient jazz’ trio with flautist/saxophonist THEO TRAVIS and keyboard player DANIEL BIRO plus he is a member of French jazz singer VÉRONIQUE JOLY’S latest group BOSSASONIC (which features veteran saxophonist DAVE QUINCY). Rob’s main focus for the last two years has been as a member of the JON LLOYD QUINTET (alongside pianist JOHN LAW and drummer ASAF SIRKIS).