The Jazz Verse Jukebox begins its new season at Hoxton Hall on Friday 25th January 2019 with an eclectic line-up featuring 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 improvisational jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. Plus, a unique Jukebox Open Mic presents the chance for audience members to perform poetry or sing with the band. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.
‘The house band are the absolute kings of improvisation. For a mix of jazz & spoken word, the Jazz Verse Jukebox and Jumoké Fashola outshines them all’. Time Out London
Jumoke Fashola also presents
J to Z 5-6:30pm, BBC Radio 3
Sunday Breakfast 6-9am, BBC London
DANTE MICHEAUX (@AmorousShepherd)
Dante Micheaux is the author of Circus (Indolent Press, 2018) and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). His poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, PN Review, The African American Review, and Tongue, among other journals and anthologies. He has been shortlisted for the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. Micheaux’s honours include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation.
“Dante Micheaux’s poetry is always musical. He plays in a group with Cavafy, Lorca, Komunyakaa. His instrument is a clear exact voice with his heart beating so loud you can hear it. He has highs and lows that reach into something Greek, into jazz, into the blues, into metaphysical English poetry. He pulls all this off remaining wonderfully African-American.”—Stanley Moss
KATHERINE MCMAHON (Instagram: @katherinetarka)
Katherine McMahon is a performance poet living and working in London, via Edinburgh. She has performed across the UK, and runs workshops, projects, and weird and wonderful events. She has just completed her MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. She’s been published in magazines and anthologies including Gutter, Shoreline of Infinity, and Out There, and has edited three anthologies as part of participatory arts projects. Her first pamphlet and album was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press, and she toured her full-length spoken word show, Fat Kid Running, in 2017. She is particularly interested in using spoken word to build a more just, more sustainable, kinder world through community and solidarity.
“Katherine is a real leading light of the spoken word scene here in Edinburgh. I’ve seen her captivate audiences from dive bars to alongside a full orchestra.” Harry Josephine Giles
DESREE (@Dezziiee_ )
Desree is a spoken word poet and writer based in London, but still reps the town she grew up in Slough.
Her self-published book titled I Find My Strength In Simple Things, was released in 2017 and has her sights set a second book coming out in 2019 as well as a play coming to a theatre near you (hopefully). Also, a spoken word educator, Desree uses writing spoken word and poetry to engage disaffected young people in spaces such as classrooms, libraries and even the occasional Nandos.
January 2018 saw Desree come second in Hammer & Tongue Slam and she has featured at events all over the UK armed with a poetry book and a slightly odd sense of humour.
“Desree unfurls the beautiful in the everyday, her work is essential and rethinks those niggling questions we all want to dig into but find it easier to ignore” Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson
KIRAYA KAWESA (@KirayaKawesa)
Kiraya Kawesa is a writer and performer of Spoken Word Poetry. ‘Honest’ would be one word to describe Kiraya’s poetry. Every word he puts on the line is done in the hopes that his listeners feel encouraged to speak their truth, by listening to him speak his. As well as performing at schools and universities around England such as Elstree University Technical College, Royal Holloway University of London and King’s College London, Kiraya has also written and performed a play for the Paddington Arts (Youth Arts Centre). Not only that, but he has also been featured at Jawdance, Boxedin, Well Versed and much more.
JOY ELLIS (@JoyEllisMusic)
Joy Ellis is a jazz pianist, singer and composer based in London.
Following the release of her debut album entitled ‘Life On Land’, Joy has spent the past year touring the UK performing her original music at various venues and festivals including Manchester, Cheltenham and London Jazz Festivals.
She is now working towards the release of her second album ‘Dwell’ which continues to explore her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter.
‘Fiery improvisations from Ellis who provides well-structured hard-bop solos on piano and Fender Rhodes.’ John Lewis, The Guardian ★★★★
‘Startling debut from British singer-songwriter who sets her cool, poetic meditations…to a suitably restless, sophisticated jazz soundscape. Highly original work that creates a world of it’s own.’Chris Ingham, MOJO ★★★★
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