Jazz Verse Jukebox

Friday 16 February  | 19:30

The eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall on Friday  16 February for the Spring season, featuring a stunning line-up of wordsmiths & singers.

Described as ‘the perfect jazz poetry party’ by Michael Horovitz, Jazz Verse Jukebox continues the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word. Join us for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. Plus a ‘Jukebox’ Open Mic for poets & singers. Hosted by & with music from broadcaster & vocalist Jumoké Fashola.


Special Guests on the night include:

Bridget Minamore 

Bridget has worked with the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, and read her poems at places including the Roundhouse, Latitude Festival, the Bristol Old Vic and the Southbank Centre. She has spoken on panels and at events including #IRLpanel at Twitter UK and the London Festival of Education, and been a repeat guest on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and BBC Radio 5 live’s Good Week Bad Week. In 2011 she represented the UK at the International Biennale in Rome with Point Blank Poets, and in 2013 was shortlisted to be London’s first Young Poet Laureate. Bridget was chosen as one of The Hospital Club’s Emerging Creatives in 2015, and more recently, as one of Speaking Volumes’ ‘40 Stars of Black British Literature’. As a journalist, Bridget has written for publications like the Guardian, Pitchfork, The Pool, and The Debrief. She mostly writes about London, pop culture, race, and feminism, as well as the intersections between them.

Her first pamphlet Titanic, Out-Spoken Press came out in May 2016.



Jasmine Ann Cooray

Jasmine Ann Cooray is a poet, performer, facilitator and host. She has performed her work widely around the UK and in parts of South East Asia, in venues ranging from pubs to museums, from spotlit stages to fields full of ravers, from classrooms to conference rooms. Her work is known for its combination of craft, vivid imagery, emotional depth and humour, and for its close study of challenging human experience. She has explored themes of loss, dual heritage, the working world, adolescence, gender inequality, sexuality and mental illness. Her debut pamphlet, everything we don’t say, was published with Tall Lighthouse in 2009. Jasmine spent 6 months in 2013 as the Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore, curating local events and working with the University’s student body, and in 2015 was selected for a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship, hosted by literature development agency Spread The Word. During her tenure, she worked with Mimi Khalvati to develop her upcoming full collection of poetry, Elders of the Pot, and also began working with aerial arts charity Upswing on a collaborative piece, ‘Are You There?’. The piece combines poetry and aerial dance to explore what it means to trust.

Jasmine is  also also training in integrative psychotherapy and works as a volunteer counsellor for mental health charities in London.



Shruti Chauhan

Shruti Chauhan is a poet and performer based in Leicester. She has won slams internationally in Chicago and Mumbai, and has performed at Royal Albert Hall, the Green Mill in Chicago, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, and at poetry festivals and events across the UK.

In 2015 she toured ‘Three the Hard Way – Part 2’ nationally with Jean Binta Breeze MBE and Lydia Towsey. She is a Breakthrough Artist at Curve Theatre, and is currently writing her debut solo show, The Sky Diaries.

‘An original voice in a sea of imitations.’
John Berkavitch

‘I thought her work exquisite. A still, clear voice and an understanding of her culture.’
Jean Binta Breeze MBE



And music from:


Lula Mebrahtu

Singer/Songwriter Sound designer Lula, describes herself as an immigrant Girl in A Digital World. Lula is a creative enigma, who is carving out a career for herself as a multidisciplinary artist. This approach has led Lula to garner support and success across multiple fields as an actor, singer/songwriter/sound designer, presenter and a MiMu Glover. An unconventional thinker using technology as her enabler, Lula is breaking through “the norm” and liberating artistic expression as a sensory experience. As a vanguard, Lula’s personal project is an immersive live performance within an audio/visual installation that takes you on a journey of illegal migration. Using her voice to liberate truth and facilitate transcendence, Lula sings about a lived experience of the past, present and future. Her soulful tromba, which carries the weight of her heritage, enables intergalactic travel. With the support of cutting edge technology, MiMu Gloves, she makes levitation through sound waves possible.



Barbara Marion

Barbara Marion is the songwriting project of Sonja Barbara Marion Byrne.

Half German, half Irish, a Londoner born and bred. Her career has seen her sing with Celtic folk group Rún at Celtic Connections, Glastonbury and the Green Note; sing on the soundtrack to Channel 4’s War Oratorio; sing with Bellowhead in Southbank Centre’s production of The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner and perform at the Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals.

An acoustic balladeer, Barbara Marion happily sits on the fence between genres, giving a wave to Americana, a salute to the lounge music of the 40s & 50s and a nod to jazz. The result is a classic sound that captures a spectrum of influences ranging from Kirsty MacCall to Julie London, to the folk balladry of Luke Kelly.

Barbara Marion released her debut EP Terra Firma in January. Terra Firma was recorded at London’s Crypt Studios and was produced by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Ben Walker.