Jazz Verse Jukebox is 10!
This eclectic jazz and poetry night celebrates its 10th birthday this month at Hoxton Hall. Join us for this JVJ special which features a stunning line-up of wordsmiths and singers. Get ready to be taken on a poetry and musical journey into Africa, India to Europe and back again.
Described as ‘the perfect jazz poetry party’ by Michael Horovitz, the Jazz Verse Jukebox continues the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word. This promises to be a thrilling, diverse night from some of the freshest exponents on the scene.
Since its inception in 2009, the Jazz Verse Jukebox, (the brainchild of broadcaster & vocalist Jumoké Fashola), has been featured at the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) & the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus.
Special Guests of the night include: writer, Goldsmith University lecturer and London teenage poetry SLAM Artistic Director Jacob Sam-La Rose, award-winning poet and Out-Spoken poetry night founder Anthony Anaxagorou, British-Indian poet and renowned performer Shruti Chauhan, internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Bella Cox, and music from established vocalist Tracey Jane Campbell. Plus a unique Jukebox Open Mic which is your chance to perform your poetry or sing with the band. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.
Doors open: 7.00pm
Show Start: 7.30pm
Age Policy: 14+
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Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been characterised as vivid, masterly and carefully structured. He is widely recognised as an indefatigable facilitator, mentor and supporter of young and emerging poets, and as an advocate for the positive impact of new technology on literary and artistic practice and collaboration. Jacob’s poems and essays have been featured in Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets, Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets, Penguin’s Poems for Love, In Their Own Words and many more. His work has been translated into Portuguese, Latvian, French and Dutch. His debut pamphlet, ‘Communion’ (2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and his collection ‘Breaking Silence’ (2012) was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize (the Felix Dennis Award) and the Aldeburgh Fenton award. .
Jacob is well known as a leading figure within the UK’s youth slam poetry movement, serving as the Artistic Director for such initiatives at the London Teenage Poetry SLAM, Apples & Snakes Word Cup and Shake the Dust— the UK’s largest national youth slam— as well as supporting the development of Slammarït— the first youth slam programme in Finland.
He was a co-founder of the infamous Malika’s Kitchen collective, and established the Roundhouse youth poetry program and slam in 2006 before moving on to establish a rolling seven month poetry workshop program and extended community at the Barbican Centre in 2009. He currently lectures at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at Goldsmiths University.
“a one-man literary industry’”-Patrick Neate / “The Don of UK poetry” -BBC Radio London
“Sam-La Rose manages to conflate a personal poetry of witness as a second-generation Caribbean with issues of identity, masculinity, spirituality and entitlement, all with an easy grace.” – Karen McCarthy Woolf, Poetry London (Spring 2013)
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British born Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. He has published nine volumes of poems and essays, a spoken word EP and a collection of short stories whilst having also written for theatre. His poetry has appeared on national television and radio as well as being published in various literary magazines and anthologies.
He has judged several literary prizes including the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award, SLAMbassadors and Oxford University’s ISIS magazine poetry competition. Currently he works as the writer in residence in several London schools where he teaches poetry and creative writing while also guest lecturing at universities on the subject of poetry, race/identity politics and social inclusion.
In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won him the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award for most influential people in writing and publishing. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.
He founded Out-Spoken, London’s premier poetry and live music night, in 2012 and Out-Spoken Press, an independent publisher of poetry, plays and critical writing in 2013. He is also the host of the monthly podcast series The Interlocutor. He has toured extensively both Europe and Australia. His writing has been studied in universities, schools and colleges across Europe and the U.S. as well as being translated into Spanish, German, Greek, French and Japanese.
“To be deeply serious, accessible, readable, listenable to and genuinely wise is something of an achievement in a time that often values ﬂamboyancy over content. Anthony Anaxagorou achieves all these things.” – Brian Patten
“A wordsmith who never falls into the trap of verbosity.” – The Independent
Shruti Chauhan is a British Indian poet and performer based in Leicester. She has performed both nationally and internationally, and in 2015, she toured Three the Hard Way – Part 2 with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Lydia Towsey. Shruti was voted Best Spoken Word Performer at the 2018 Saboteur Awards. She won the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry competition the same year and her word was exhibited at Southbank. Shruti wrote the song lyrics for the BBC Four documentary, My Asian Family – The Musical (2018) as part of the BBC’s Big British Asian Summer season. Her pamphlet, That Which Can Be Heard, is published with Burning Eye Books.
“Shruti’s work is exquisite. A still, clear voice.’”– Jean Binta Breeze MBE
“She is one of the true strong young voices who speak of and for the rich cultural flux of today’s England.’”– Mark Goodwin
An internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, Bella Cox has worked for the past 5 years both in the UK and in South Africa as a poet, workshop facilitator, MC and event producer. She is a current and alumni member of Barbican Young Poets and was also part of The Writing Room, London Queer Writers collective, and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.
During her time in the UK, Bella has performed as a feature and headline act across London and around the country, as well as featuring at Brainchild, Aespia and Neverworld festivals. She is well-known for her transportive poetry that often addresses the notions of home and belonging, as well as her proudly queer and feminist work that seeks to embrace difference and empower young people.
“…All poets speak with a very distinctive voice. Particularly impressive is Bella Cox, with her vividly physical accounts of commuting, love, and family relationships. In her work, poetry truly becomes one with life, and words and gestures fuse into a single means of communication…”- Anna Zannetti, A Younger Theatre. Review of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. May 2018
Tracey Jane Campbell is a professional vocalist, international recording artist and writer who having been in the music industry for over 15 years has appeared on many prestigious platforms across the world from opening the World Expo in China with Secret Garden to performing for two Successive Popes at the Vatican and in the UK.
Miss Campbell’s voice appears on recordings for various artists worldwide, her rich diverse tones can also be heard on TV soundtracks. As one of the original lead vocalists on the world-renowned track ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Secret Garden, she has toured extensively in Europe and Asia and is a featured artist alongside the legendary singers Barbara Streisand and Elaine Page on their platinum-selling album ‘Inside I’m Singing’ recently performing at the ‘Live in Kristiansand 20th Anniversary’ recording which was released by Universal Records. Classical music is one of her first loves and she has had the pleasure of being a guest of orchestras around the world. More recently Tracey-Jane has performed as a guest artist with the Animato Ensemble Orchestra(Switzerland) with whom she recorded one of her original songs set to be released with her upcoming album set for release in 2019. She is no stranger to stages and congregations across Europe and collaborates with artists across the genres of pop, dance, Jazz fusion, Gospel, Soul and Classical. More recently Tracey-Jane appeared as a soloist with the Kingdom Choir at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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