"Blues and Roots Ensemble did a service to the larger than life legend Charles Mingus...handling the complexities of the bass playing genius with a dapper swagger." Jazz Standard.
Led by double bassist Ed Babar, Blues and Roots Ensemble specialises in playing music by the great bandleader/composer, Charles Mingus. A diverse septet of top international musicians from South Africa to Sicily, India to Cuba, the band has quickly grown a reputation for its captivating and raucous performances.
The band has performed sell out shows at The Jazz Cafe, The Vortex, and The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, amongst others.
The education workshops use Mingus' music as a catalyst for actively exploring the concepts of jazz music and of capturing creativity in music. The ethos of the Mingus Education strand is that music is the medium enabling people of all musical abilities to have voice to express themselves.
Blues and Roots Ensemble has led education workshops in all contexts, from mainstream primary and secondary schools, SEN schools, Pupil Referral Units to large outreach projects with London Jazz Festival and Cambridge Jazz Festival.