London Jazz Festival - Exploring Jazz though the Music of Charles Mingus

Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London

Take part in a collective musical improvisation that traces the story of jazz from its roots, in a workshop and performance with Blues and Roots Ensemble.

The ensemble has created a new piece for musicians of all ages and abilities, based on the music of Charles Mingus. The suite follows jazz from its earliest dixieland origins right through to swing, bebop and Latin American styles.

Participants perform this new piece alongside the ensemble, and are given the opportunity to improvise in both solo and group settings. A series of workshops explore ideas such as swing phrasing, rhythm section accompaniment and soloing, guided by specialist jazz educators from the band.