Workshops & Activities
Open Rehearsal

Exploring Jazz Through the Music of Charles Mingus

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

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.

These workshops culminate in a live performance in Royal Festival Hall’s The Clore Ballroom as part of EFG London Jazz Festival.

Blues and Roots Ensemble take the stage after the mass participation performance. The group of seven musicians from around the world came together with the aim of sharing the music, philosophy and politics of Charles Mingus through live performances and education and outreach work.

Dates & times

18 Nov 2018
Approximate run time: 45 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Sun 18 November 2018
      • 10:00 am
      • 3:00 pm
      • 4:15 pm


Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2


Free, but ticketed

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Event information
EFG London Jazz Festival is looking for enthusiastic amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to take part in this participative music-making event. Why not encourage the whole family to apply and join in together?

Apply here

Open rehearsal in The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall: 10am – 3pm
Mass participation performance: 3pm – 3.45pm
Performance by Blues and Roots Ensemble: 4.15pm – 5pm