Jazz Verse Jukebox with Jumoké Fashola

28th April| 19th May | 16th June | 21 July | 19:30

The eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox celebrates its 8th Birthday on Friday 28th April at Hoxton Hall, London. 

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 exponents on the scene. Plus a ‘Jukebox’ Open Mic for poets & singers. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.

The Jazz Verse Jukebox on Friday 28th April features:

LISA LUXX (@lisaluxx_ )
Lisa Luxx is a poet and performer from West Yorkshire. Her work is concerned with spiritual and political activism. She has collaborated with brands like Selfridges, and New York magazine The Numinous, plus wrote the voice over for a short film starring Sean Penn. Published by the likes of Tribe de Mama, New River Press and the Society Club. Her latest book ‘Polyphonic Scars & The 4th Brain’ is a collection of poems and essays about identity, addiction and consciousness in the net-age – topics she’s been exploring deeply in her work and through her own magazine, Prowl, for over 5 years. She was shortlisted for Poetry Peace Prize. She also writes about activism for i-D magazine and in 2016 released a debut EP under Luxx & The Bones. “Polyphonic Scars places Lisa Luxx squarely in a generation of contemporary poets, including Kate Tempest and George the Poet, who combine performance and verse with a fresh, bruised candour.” – BBC Arts

Sh’maya is a Brixton-based poet making fresh waves through London’s spoken word and slam scene. His writing is filled with deep spiritual honesty, jazz rhythms and tales of the city. He has performed alongside the greats of London’s Poetry and Jazz scene and beyond; in 2012 he was part of the winning London entry in the UK’s National Team Poetry Slam. He is the author of The Transfiguration Cycle which uses verse, story, graphic design, music and poet-commentary to travel the journey of The Transfiguration Cycle.

JAMAL MEHMOOD (@_jamalbhai)
The winner of Poetry Rivals 2015, Jamal has had poetry and essays published on various online and offline platforms including Media Diversified and BBC Asian Network.In 2016, his essay ‘Language, Life and Love: Our Immigrant Parents’ was published in Media Diversified’s ‘From the Lines of Dissent’ through Outspoken Press. The collection of essays by 14 writers of colour in the UK touches on a wide array of topics around what it means to be a person of colour in modern Britain. His debut collection of poetry, ‘Little Boy Blue’ is also out now, through Burning Eye Books. It is an eclectic first collection that looks at family, nostalgia and social pain as well as personal stories of identity and belonging. His work explores themes of nostalgia, political issues and personal stories. He is looking to write for film in the near future.

Music from FRATER & TAYLOR
Scottish vocalist Josie Frater & Drummer/producer Steve Taylor unite Brazilian, Jazz, Pop and Celtic influences in a worldly excursion of beautiful sounds.. This thrilling nu-jazz-fusion group recently performed at London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s and Jazz FM. Imagine the best of Latin Diva Flora Purim, Annie Lennox and folk heroes Pentangle. Sublime vocals fit perfectly over the impressive global feel of Frater & Taylors’ elaborate instrumental production.

“Cinematic, Sparkling” BBC Radio 2 Janey Lee Grace (Steve Wright Show)