For the first time the Marryat Players is collaborating with Blues and Roots Ensemble led by Ed Babar in a one day jazz workshop. This is for players of all abilities from ages 12 and up and will give students the opportunity to gain experience working with a large scale jazz ensemble, covering characteristics such as swing phrasing, playing by ear, accompanying solos and improvisation, while performing iconic Charles Mingus compositions alongside professional players. From experienced students, comfortable with improvising, to musicians wishing to take their first steps into jazz, the workshop day will focus on exploring this stunning music in a friendly and informal setting.

Suggested instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, piano, bass, drums, guitar and all string instruments. Other instruments are welcome but priority may go to standard jazz instruments.

The workshop will take place at 3 Marryat Road, Wimbledon Village, SW19 5BB starting at 10am and ending with a performance by students together with members of The Blues and Roots Ensemble at 6pm to which family members and friends are warmly invited. Following a short interval The Blues and Roots Ensemble will perform a set, and we expect the event will finish at approximately 7:30pm.

Blues and Roots Ensemble was formed in 2015 with the purpose of sharing the music of Charles Mingus, as well as a passion for jazz, through live performances and education projects. As well as performing at some of the country's most prestigious jazz venues Blues and Roots Ensemble has been heavily involved in outreach work, both in a range of primary, secondary and SEN schools, and through more ambitious collaborations with Cambridge Jazz Festival and EFG London Jazz Festival.

Charles Mingus was a legendary jazz musician who was predominantly writing, recording and performing in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Not only was he a brilliant and original writer, he was also one of the first jazz greats to use music as a form of expression and protest against social injustices in American Society. Mingus had a reputation for ambitious music and raucous performances that allowed his band to express their individual personalities through the framework of his unique compositional style - an ethos that is replicated by the Blues and Roots Ensemble septet.

Photos from Jazz Experiments Mass Participation Project at the EFG London Jazz Festival, led by Ed Babar and BARE. Photography by Roger Thomas.

how to join

Please email if you would like to take part. Fees are £50 per student which includes all tuition, music, food and drinks.