The eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall continuing the age-old tradition of combining jazz and performance poetry. With its reputation as one of London’s premier gatherings for spoken word poets and singers, the Jazz Verse Jukebox carries on its 10th anniversary celebrations with an exceptional line-up of wordsmiths and artists. Plus, the unique Jukebox Open Mic offers you the chance to perform your own poetry or sing live on stage.
Curated & hosted by BBC Radio London’s broadcaster and vocalist Jumoké Fashola and the Jazz Verse Jukebox trio, special guests on the night include: Poet, rapper and visual artist HKB FiNN, award-winning spoken word legend Agnes Meadows, activist, editor and poet Grim Chip, British-Nigerian poet Gboyega Odubanjo and slam poetry champion & storyteller Rachel Nwokoro.
Join us for a thrilling night of diverse poetry and elegant jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene.
Doors open: 7.00pm
Show Start: 7.30pm
Age Policy: 14+
: @Jumokef #jazzversejukebox
HKB FiNN is a performance poet who works primarily with poetry & music. Since 1999, he has performed with a variety of ensembles & artists including: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NoJazz, Tunde Jegede, Cleveland Watkiss, Viva Sinfonia, Orphy Robinson’s Black Top Project alongside Byron Wallen, Pat Thomas, Steve Williamson & European Jazz groups such as: Ntoumos, Wise, Electro Deluxe & Nojazz. HKB FiNN has written libretto’s for The Royal Opera House & Nitro Theatre and he has performed in over 55 countries on various projects & appeared at many music festivals.
“intelligent and observational rap flow…” – UK Vibe
AGNES MEADOWS is a London-based poet/writer who has toured nationally & internationally, giving readings & workshops, most recently at Bangladesh’s Dhaka International Poetry Festival, where she received a Literary Award for her contribution & commitment to poetry. She twice won awards for Outstanding Writing at the Austin International Poetry Festival, and has read 3 times at the Babylon International Festival of Arts & Culture in Iraq. Agnes has written six collections of poetry (Flipped Eye/Waterways) plus a dual English-Chinese collection ‘The Light On the Wall’ (Morgan’s Eye Press), from which she read at the Formosa International Poetry Festival in Taiwan in 2017. Since 2004 she has run Loose Muse Women’s Writers Night in London.
“…poetry with its hair down and a wicked glint in its eye” – Jerusalem Post
Gboyega Odubanjo is a British-Nigerian poet born and raised in East London. In 2018 he completed an MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia. His debut pamphlet, While I Yet Live, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2019.
“…in these poems, the speaker seems to exist, suspended, before they come into singing” – Ink Sweat and Tears
Rachel Nwokoro is a queer black woman of Nigerian heritage. And she loves telling stories. Rachel has won a number of competitions, most notably 2016 UK Slam Poetry Champion. A passionate, disabled artist, she is unapologetic in communication and dedicated to speaking openly about her story in the hopes that her art can provide a small sanctuary for others like it did for her. She (/Her) is a person who loves loudly.Her debut poetry collection “Little You” is available online and in shops now.
“Rachel Nwokoro is a fist fight at the Women’s Institute. Her poetry is uncompromising, fiery and unflinching. A charming assassin. Go see her.”
– Joelle Taylor
Jumoké Fashola is an award winning Radio & Television Broadcaster, Jazz Singer and Actress.She currently presents J to Z on BBC Radio 3 and Sunday Breakfast for BBC Radio London. Her other radio credits include, Everywoman (BBC World Service), Pause for Thought (BBC Radio 2), You and Yours (BBC Radio 4).
As a vocalist, she has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Dionne Warwick, performed with Bobby McFerrin at the Meltdown Festival – Royal Festival Hall, sung Handel at the London Arena, performed alongside the Royal Ballet for the Gary Avis & Friends Benefit Gala and was a featured singer at Tate Modern. She performed Song for a Phoenix for the Coventry Olympic Torch Relay and was a volunteer dancer at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony. Her debut album, ‘The Condition of Being A Woman’ was released in 2014.
“If literary nights were only as good as their hosts, then Jazz Verse Jukebox’s Jumoke Fashola would outshine them all.” – TimeOut
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