Doors Open: 7:00pm
Event Start: 7:30pm
The Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall on Friday 27th July 2018 with an eclectic line-up, welcoming new and 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 and jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. Plus, a unique Jukebox Open Mic to open the stage to the audience to perform poetry or sing with the band. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.
Featuring poetry from:
Chrys Salt is a widely published, much travelled poet and happy performer of her work. Although she has written in almost every genre except the novel, she’s primarily a poet with roots deeply planted in the theatre. She has written four full poetry collections and five pamphlet collections and performed UK wide, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland and India. She has been a recipient of bursaries and in 2014 was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to The Arts.
Usifu is a professional actor, dancer, percussionist and storyteller, whose unique skills introduce audiences and participants to West African traditions and cultures. A well-known face on the culturally diverse arts scene, Usifu has made two short films on the subject of refugees. The most recent was Journey Man (sponsored by the Arts Council, Wales), which starred Usifu alongside Ruth Madoc. The film has been shown at several international festivals and has won five awards to date. Usifu also made Lion Mountain in collaboration with BBC2 about two Sierra Leone refugee youngsters in England. He is the founder and director of the African dance outfit – Maambena Cultural Dance Company.
Christy Ku is an up-and-coming London-based poet. She has worked closely with the Barbican Centre as a recent Barbican Young Poets alumnus, creator and performer for the show ‘A Change is Gonna Come’. Christy is also a short story writer, journalist, digital content producer, photographer and videographer. She is currently working towards her debut poetry collection.
With music from:
Hailing from Canada, Lauren‘s been singing jazz since as long as she can remember. Born into a family of jazz musicians, she started her own quartet and has since performed internationally in the USA, Canada, Italy, Ireland and the UK. Her debut album All My Treasures, produced by BBC award winner Ian Shaw, was released in May 2016 and received ★★★1/2 stars from the prestigious American magazine Downbeat and ★★★★1/2 stars from All About Jazz.
‘Bush is one of the freshest and most exciting vocalists to appear on the scene for some time’.
All About Jazz
‘Lauren sings with poise, swing, impeccable timing and recognises humour and irony in a lyric’.
Abimaro is a singer song-writer from London. She released her debut solo EP ‘Something prettier than before’ in July 2017, and saw the lead single ‘Fever’ featured on Dazed’s July playlist. Having previously lent her vocals to bands such as Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra and The Free, Abimaro is also a Music Facilitator, regularly leading projects for organisations including The Roundhouse, Spitalfields music & The Southbank Centre. Chosen for her art led approach to music, Abimaro was profiled in as one of the subject artists in the much acclaimed 2017 exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj ‘La Caravane’ at Somerset House. She is inspired by life, faith and stories.
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