Doors Open: 7.00pm
Event Start Time: 7.30pm
The Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall on Friday 25th May 2018 with a eclectic line-up, welcoming new & favourite guests. Continuing the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word, the Jazz Verse Jukebox is a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. 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.
Featuring poetry from
Mark Gwynne Jones
Well known for mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge, Mark Gwynne Jones mixes humour and poignancy with great skill. Featured on BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret and Radio 3’s Late Junction, his shows have won five festival fringe awards for Best Spoken Word. When resident poet in London’s parks, Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in C21st Britain. He has published five collections of poetry and has appeared in numerous anthologies. Reviewing his collection Psychicbread, Vicki Holman declared it: ‘contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.’ In 2015, Mark toured southern India and later the UK with Indian poet and playwright Mamta Sagar.
‘Inspired… one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land…drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem’ The Guardian
‘I always stipulate that whoever’s on with me hasn’t got to be any good. This one got past me. I don’t know how but heads will roll!’ John Cooper Clarke
‘Astonishing…you’ll love this show!’ The Daily Mail
‘The brilliant Mark Gwynne Jones. Passionate…captivating and slightly mad, mind-altering poetry’ Edinburgh Three Weeks
LionHeart is a TEDx Speaker, Award Winning Poet and International SpokenWord Performer. Author of debut poetry collection ‘The Mute’s Rebellion’, which excavates memories of social anxiety, selective mutism, upbringing, emotional vulnerability and more. The first Poet in Residence at The Building Centre, exploring Architecture & Poetry’s relationship around emotional inhabitancy, psychology and memory. Worked/Performed for The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, Rapport Agency, Southbank Centre, Shoreditch House, Viacom, Capitol One Finance, 4Talent and more. SubjectivityUK (Co-Founder). International platform, making room for wider conversation, one city and one show at a time. Pioneering conversation for the next generation.Winner of NYC’s Nuyorican Slam. Appeared on Russell Simmons All Def Poetry in LA, performed at Camden Town’s infamous Jazz Cafe, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and various other prestigious stages in the UK.
An author and spoken word artist. Aaron Daniel released his first collection of poems ‘And Then’, with a short story intertwined, pulling the poems together as a sum of parts to form a whole. He is currently working on the release of his highly anticipated sophomore book ‘Flowers And Leafy Things’, which is due out late 2018. He is a spiritualist who is passionate about nature, people, connection and the human condition. With his spoken word and artistry, his goal is to inspire unity and galvanise hearts and souls. He is also currently working towards visuals and music to compliment his art.
And Music from
Like her musical heroes Prince and Nina Simon, American singer-songwriter Sirena Riley has always drawn from a broad range of influences. Jazz clubs were the place Sirena found her footing as a lead vocalist and she has played London’s top jazz venues including the Vortex, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s, several London Jazz Festivals and many festivals throughout Europe. Her debut album, The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet earned awards from the UK Song writing Competition. Now Sirena is fusing that lyrical and jazzy melodic confidence into sophisticated, contemporary vibes by collaborating with producers who’ve worked with major pop and R&B acts including Beyonce, Jessie J and JP Cooper.
‘…performances that enchant, surprise and ineffably capture the imagination.’ – JazzWise Magazin
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