The Verdict

10th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022

The Verdict has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian. Brighton's only purpose built jazz club hosting the best in jazz music.
Now with covid-safe ventilation.

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Friday October 7th

doors 7.30pm / show 8.30pm

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Roger Beaujolais Quartet

Saturday October 8th

doors 7.30pm / show 8.30pm

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Roger Beaujolais Quartet Live at The Verdict Jazz Club


Roger Beaujolais – vibraphonist/composer

Mark Edwards - piano

Nigel Thomas - bass

Tristan Banks - drums

"Roger Beaujolais has quietly emerged as an essential player on Britain's jazz scene." - The Guardian

Roger was a late starter having never played vibraphone before the age of 24. He is completely self taught & played his first gig at the age of 28, turning professional at the age of 30 when he became the first person to be able to make a living from playing the vibraphone in the UK.

He originally gained recognition with 1980’s jump jive favourites ‘The Chevalier Brothers’ whose musicianship & anarchic brand of humour created enough success for them to play over 200 gigs a year & took them all over the world. They also played numerous TV & radio sessions in many countries.

After a brief spell with chart topping ‘Fairground Attraction’, Roger formed latin jazz outfit the ‘Beaujolais Band’ who released 2 top selling albums on Acid Jazz Records. These were outsold by his 2 jazz/funk/soul albums as ‘Vibraphonic’ released on Acid Jazz again. One self-penned track from the second Vibraphonic album (Can’t Get Enough) made it to number 1 on the US jazz charts. Roger was then signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records in the USA for 2 more Vibraphonic albums.

Roger now concentrates on playing in (& writing for) his quartet and regularly plays as a featured soloist throughout the UK & works in many different bands as a sideman as well as collaborative projects with others. He regularly works in Italy where he has a trio who work around the country.

Roger has played on numerous pop sessions including with artists as diverse as Duffy, Rumer, Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Kirsty MacColl, Roni Size, Morrissey, Alexander O’Neal, Guy Chambers. Shola Ama, Alison Limerick, Omara Portuondo, Fairground Attraction, Graham Coxon, Brian Kennedy, Tony Allen, Ed Motta, Snowboy, Mary Coughlan & Neneh Cherry amongst many others. He has also played live with Slim Gaillard, Pee Wee Ellis, Nelson Rangell & was a member of Jerry Dammer’s Spatial AKA Orchestra which featured guests such as Arthur Brown, Edgar Broughton, Johnny Clarke & Rico.

So far Roger has released 21 albums & has had over 250 compositions recorded & for about 20 years was also working as a Professor of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.

SHIJIN at The Verdict Jazz Club


Saxophones/flutes: Stéphane Guillaume

PIano/keyboards: Ivo Neame

Electric Bass: Laurent David

Drums: Stéphane Galland

ALL ABOUT JAZZ - "A work full of charm capable of magically bringing together the champions of tradition and fans of the new"

NOTES ON JAZZ - "If you enjoy pulsing, probing, and excellently played fusion based music then Shijin’s Theory of Everything is sure to please"

Shijin is a pan-European collaboration with a unique twist -all pieces are woven together collectively by all band members during band ‘retreats’. Consequently each piece becomes like a patchwork quilt containing compositional watermarks of all four of the musicians. Listeners can expect dynamic, risk-taking polyrhythmic music sewn together by improvisation and group interplay.Stylistically, the influences are as diverse as ‘Bikutsi’ music from Cameroon, folkloric music from Bahia in North-eastern Brazil and metal bands such as Meshuggah.

The band features some of the most sought-after musicians from the French,Belgian and UK jazz scenes; as individuals they have appeared with jazz legends such as Joe Zawinul, Peter Erskine and Hermeto Pascoal.


The Verdict,
159 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB, UK

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