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    Our intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

    Taking their name from Charles Mingus’ seminal long-player, The Blues & Roots Ensemble is a band dedicated to sharing the music of Mingus through live performances and education projects.

    Led by double bassist Ed Babar, the band capture the spirit of the great Mingus bands through their energetic performances that include everything from raucous open improvisation sections to soulful ballad-playing, all within the context of Mingus’ classic compositions.

    The band perform original and creative arrangements of Mingus’ music, from his earliest blues pieces to his advanced, socially-inspired compositions from the 60s and 70s.

    ‘Blues & 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

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    Customers who have bought tickets to this event are able to receive a 20% discount on food and drinks in Verdi – Italian Kitchen, or Café Bar when Verdi is closed. To redeem, please show your ticket when ordering.

    The offer is not applicable to set menus, special packages, afternoon tea or live music brunch. Verdi is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon until 9pm (subject to change). Café Bar is open from 7.30am weekdays and 09.30am on weekends.

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