Jazz Verse Jukebox with Jumoké Fashola

16th June | 21 July | 19:30

The eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox continues its spring season on Friday 16th June 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 16th June features:


Agnes Meadows is a London-based poet/writer who has toured nationally and internationally, giving readings, workshops, and residencies all over the world, most recently in Nicaragua.   She was a Guest Poet at the Austin International Poetry Festival for 10 consecutive years, twice winning awards for Outstanding Writing, has read three times at the Babylon International Festival of Arts & Culturein Iraq, and most recently was invited to read at the Granada International Poetry Festival in Nicaragua. Agnes has written five collections of poetry (Flipped Eye/Waterways), with a sixth coming out soon.  Since 2004 she’s run Loose Muse Women’s Writers Night in London, with regular satellite events elsewhere in England, and has also advised Chanel 4 tv on poetry.


KEITH JARRETT (@keithjlondon)

Keith Jarrett lives and works in London, where he is still growing up. Performance poet and fiction writer, he is working on his first novel – partly in verse – which seems to be about a boy with a God complex on the run from the influence of a Pentecostal church.

Keith studied Spanish at UCL, worked briefly in publishing and then took an MA in Creative Writing in 2007, at Birkbeck, London. Since graduation he has written for various publications, including The Mechanics’ Institute Review 5Tell Tales Vol. IVPulp Net and, most recently, Boys and Girls.

He has written poetry in both English and Spanish – a language he became fluent in whilst living in the Caribbean – and is a former London and UK Poetry Slam! Champion.

Performances of both short stories and poetry have included: Soho Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, Warsaw’s Spoke’n’Word Festival, the World Cup Poetry Slam, the Rio International Poetry Slam, Bilbao’s International 3,2,1 Festival… and local pubs, theatres and schools

Keith has set up poetry workshops for schools and taught Spanish at Primary level (KS2). He was one of six initial Spoken Word Educator trainees teaching at a secondary school in East London while researching Creative Education for an MA at Goldsmiths; the project is the first of its kind in Europe. Now he is now doing at PhD at Birkbeck/SOAS universities. He is currently working on his latest poetry collection, Selah.



‘Grim Chip – not the man you hoped to meet!’

‘Pugnacious poet with a penchant for the political’

TYRONE LEWIS (@TyroneLewis22)

A pop culture powerhouse of a performance poet, as at home behind a camera as he is a mic, Tyrone Lewis knows exactly how to leave you with a full heart, a big grin, and an inexplicable desire to immerse yourself in a Marvel movie marathon. He. Is. Groot!


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.