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The Blues and Roots Ensemble is a band dedicated to sharing the music of Charles Mingus through live performances and education projects.

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

The band perform original and creative arrangements Mingus’ music from his earliest blues influences to his advanced, socially inspired compositions from the 50s-70s.

Tara Minton is a jazz harpist, vocalist and songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. Her music is an infusion of lyrical folk, jazz, soul and blues. Influences include Joni Mitchell, Ricky Lee Jones, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the great jazz harp pioneer, Dorothy Ashby. Tara and her band have performed at the Camac Harp Festival in Geneva, The Melbourne Cabaret Festival (where she supported Mary Wilson of the Supremes), The World Harp Congress, the Alchemia jazz club in Cracow, Poland as well as the Ashtead jazz club, regular performances in London and an Irish tour once a year.

The Bevin Boys are an authentic 1940s style swing band.  They have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, toured the UK and Europe and performed at major UK festivals and vintage events including The Isle of Wight Festival, Twinwood Festival, War & Peace, Upton Jazz Festival, Carentan (Normandy) D-Day commemorations and many more. They specialise in recreating the swing sound of the 30s, 40s and early 50s. From their repertoire, instruments and costumes, The Bevin Boys are a real nostalgia trip. Their music is perfect for dancing and listening! The boys are available for parties, functions, public events either with a vintage flavour or just for something a little different!  

Tim Boniface is a freelance multi-instrumental jazz performer, arranger, and musical director working in the UK. Tim plays saxophones, piano, guitar, flugelhorn/trumpet, clarinet, bass guitar and sings, in his own small and big bands, as part of other musicians’ projects, and as a session player. Tim is well regarded as a skilled, energetic, sensitive musician with an authentic jazz sound routed in the ‘mainstream’ tradition but branching out into traditional dixieland, blues, funk and pop; his playing is full of irresistible swing, powerful soaring melodies, and a sense of justwhat the audience wants to hear. 

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Harp Bazaar is the only band in the world to combine the majestic and delicate sound of the harp with the speed and erratic energy of traditional Gypsy Swing.

The band has performed at Le Quecumbar, London’s most famous gypsy jazz venue, held a year long residency at North London’s favourite music pub, played at the established Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club and toured Italy to sold out audiences in 2016.






© edward babar 2012