Friday 22 September | 24 November 19:30
Jazz Verse Jukebox with Jumoké Fashola
The eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall Friday 22 September for a new season, featuring a stunning line-up of wordsmiths & singers.
Described as “the perfect jazz poetry party” (Michael Horovitz), the 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 female exponents on the scene. Plus a ‘Jukebox’ Open Mic for poets & singers. Hosted by & with music from broadcaster & vocalist Jumoké Fashola.
The Jazz Verse Jukebox on Friday 22nd September features:
Anthony Joseph (@adjoseph)
Anthony Joseph is a poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as ‘the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain’. His written work and performance occupies a space between surrealism, Jazz and the rhythms of Caribbean speech and music. He is the author of four poetry collections and a novel The African Origins of UFOs. In 2005 he was selected by the Arts Council of England and Renaissance One as one of 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. In 2015 he presented Kitch a BBC4 documentary based on his research of the legendary Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Kitchener..
He holds a PhD in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College and lectures in creative writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.
As a musician he has released four critically acclaimed albums. His debut album Leggo de Lion (2007) featured lyrics taken from his novel The African Origins of UFOs. Bird Head Son followed in 2009, coinciding with the publication of his 3rd poetry collection. Rubber Orchestras was released in 2011, alongside a new collection of poems of the same title. A live album Live in Bremen appeared in 2013, and Time, produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, in 2014. His 6th album, Caribbean Roots, was released in June 2016 on Strut/Heavenly Sweetness.
“afro-blue to astro-black and what glimmers in between” – The Times
“One of the most talented and engaging purveyors of the music right now” – Mojo.
Siddhartha Bose (@kalagoraHQ)
Siddhartha Bose is a writer and performer based in London. Siddhartha’s books include two poetry collections, Kalagora and Digital Monsoon (Penned in the Margins, 2010/ 13), a monograph on the grotesque, Back and Forth (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), and a play, No Dogs, No Indians (Penned in the Margins, 2017).
He has been featured on BBC 4 (TV), BBC Radio 3, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio London, and was dubbed one of the ‘ten rising stars of British poetry’ by The Times. He has read and performed at festivals and venues like Latitude, Alchemy, the British Council Showcase, Berlin Poetry Hearings, Turku Poetry Week (Finland), New York University, Oxford University, Kings College London, Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and the House of Lords at the British parliament among many others. Siddhartha’s theatre work includes a one-man play, also called Kalagora (2010-12), London’s Perverted Children (2013-14), long-listed for an Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, and The Shroud (2014). He was a Leverhulme Fellow in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London (2011-13).Siddhartha is an Associate Artist at Penned in the Margins.
“Kalagora is a hymn to cities, to their richness, their colour, their noise, sprawl and energy, and to the process of cultural merging, mixing and melting that categorises the urban experience” –Natasha Tripney, Exeunt
Joshua Judson (@JoshuaJudson)
Joshua Judson is a Poet, Producer and Artist. He is an alumnus of Mouthy Poets collective in Nottingham and is an active member of Barbican Young Poets in London. He is in his second year studying Performance and Creative Enterprise at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a producer, he runs Poetry Is Dead Good, a monthly poetry night which takes place at Jamcafé in Nottingham every third Tuesday of the month.
In January 2017, he became the Director of the Bilborough Poetry Collective program at Bilborough College, Nottingham.
As an artist, Joshua is interested in exploring how challenges and changes to visual and spatial elements affect the way we read, receive and react to poetry in a visual art context.
And Music from
Sarah Moule (@SarahMoule1)
Sarah Moule has performed as a featured artist in London’s major music rooms from Ronnie Scott’s Club to the Purcell Room, The Vortex Jazz Club and the 606 Club, often in the company of pianist and composer Simon Wallace, whose compositions with lyricist Fran Landesman Sarah has been introducing to audiences for twenty years. Before becoming a solo artist she spent 6 years as featured vocalist with Proms favourite The John Wilson Orchestra singing lush arrangements of the Great American Songbook. With four highly acclaimed CDs under her belt, she is currently recording her fifth album.
★★★★★ ‘Cool, elegant, immaculate‘ Dave Gelly, The Observer
‘Massive talent and perfect technique…Sarah Moule stands in the very top flight of UK vocalists‘ Brian Blain, LondonJazz.com