Friday 16 February & Friday 9 March 2018 | 19:30
Jazz Verse Jukebox
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’ 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 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 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.’
‘I thought her work exquisite. A still, clear voice and an understanding of her culture.’
Jean Binta Breeze MBE
And music from:
Amy Fitz Doyley
After spending the past year performing & writing as a part of various collectives and supporting the likes of Gregory Porter, Roy Aires and Public Enemy in concert (Mostly Jazz Festival Birmingham, 2015), Amy is now forging her way forward as a solo artist in her own right, staging and funding her own Mini-Brexit Solo Tour, using her powerful work of art to dissolve borders and connect people.
She has previously been described as a “one woman musical army” and uses an intuitive approach to music making; experimenting with a variety of different instruments and sounds – all without preconceived ideas or expectations of the final product. Motivated by the desire to hone her creative songwriting & composing skills she is currently working on a debut album or ‘body of work‘ to be released on her own record label and shared with audiences in times to come.
‘The melancholy, the voice and lyrics to me, stretch right back to the likes of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.’