24th Feb / 24th March | 19:30
Jazz Verse Jukebox with Jumoké Fashola
The eclectic JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX continues its spring season at Hoxton Hall on Friday 24th February.
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. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.
The Jazz Verse Jukebox on Friday 24th February features
Randolph Matthews @Randolphinfo
With a series of crafted original songs combined with distinctively re-worked covers this is the essential English artiist Randolph Matthews. Performing solo accompanied only by his looped voice where his roots in Jazz, blues and folk music explore the thin line between the divine and secular. His compositions are musically piercing and attuned to the stories of life but also humorously poetic mixing lost love ,melancholy and sophisticated technology for atmosphere. He moved from pub gigs to concert halls, breaking free from traditional song structures, inventing his own electrifying musical style. He is noticeably seen playing on stage with a fedora hat and an old 1960 suitcase .‘Randolph Matthews is imagination, a beyond-definition vocalist.
“If you get a chance to see him, grab it with both hands. You will come away inspired & uplifted” – BBC Radio London
Annette Badland (@annettebadland1)
Annette Badland is an Olivier nominated actress currently to be seen in Eastenders and Outlander. She is also known for her roles in Dr Who, Bergerac and Cutting It. Her theatre work includes roles with Sir Peter Hall’s Company, the RSC, National Theatre, Royal Court, Cheek by Jowl, the Almeida, the West End and The Royal Exchange, Manchester where she won critical acclaim as Madame Arcarti in Blithe Spirit. Films include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Twenty Four Seven, Jabberwocky and Little Voice. She also plays Hazel in The Archers!
“The glorious Annette Badland as Hazel in The Archers is a touch of genius!” Jonathan Harvey
Belinda Zhawi (@MamoyoBornFree)
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean-born writer and educator who lives and works in London. Her work mostly focuses on memories of living in rural and urban Zimbabwe. She has performed across the UK in numerous venues, festivals and events including at Africa Writes, Bestival and TATE, with her work published in the anthologies Liminal Animals and Casagrande: Rain Of Poems. In 2013, Zhawi featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts and also co-founded the monthly poetry night, BORN::FREE. Zhawi was shortlisted for 2015-16 Young Poet Laureate’s London role. She is currently the ICA’s Associate Poet.
David Neita (@PoetryLawyer)
Dave Neita is a London-based lawyer, performance poet. A barrister by training and a performance artist through practice, Dave is known as, ‘The People’s Poet and Lawyer’. David’s work marries advocacy skills with theatricality to empower and motivate young or marginalised people of all ages and from all walks of life. Early in his career, David was a member of the legal team that achieved one of the largest settlements in a class action suit. It was brought against a multi-national mining company on behalf of black miners in South Africa and set the tone for his future work. He is the author of two volumes of poetry and three CDs: City Life, PURE and The LIE Centenary.
Nathan Evans (@nathanevans74)
Nathan is a writer, director and performer whose work in film, cabaret and theatre has been funded by the Arts Council, toured by the British Council, broadcast on Channel 4 and archived by the BFI. His first poetry collection Threads, a collaboration with photographer Justin David, has recently been published by Inkandescent.
‘Threads is a fine piece of work – a winning blend of words and images, woven together with passion and wit.’ PAUL BURSTON
The eclectic JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX continues its spring season at Hoxton Hall on Friday 24th march .
The Jazz Verse Jukebox on Friday 24th March features:
Greta Bellamacina (@grbellamacina)
Greta Bellamacina is a poet and film maker. Her first collection ‘Kaleidoscope’ was published in 2011. In 2014 she was short-listed as the Young Poet Laureate of London. In 2015 she edited ‘On Love: Contemporary British Love Poetry’ a survey of British love poetry from Ted Hughes until now. In 2016 she published her second collection ‘Perishing Tame’- a “dazzling and frank meditation on motherhood, female identity and love.” She regularly performs her poems internationally, including readings at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and The Groucho Club in London. Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine says Greta, ” is garnering critical acclaim for her way with words and her ability to translate the classic poetic form into the contemporary creative landscape.”
‘Greta Bellamacina is the poet, writer and filmmaker who is revolutionising the way we look at poetry and the moving image in the 21st century.’–I-D Magazine
Dante Micheaux (@AmorousShepherd)
Dante Micheaux is the author of Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). His poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, PN Review, The American Poetry Review, and Callaloo—among other journals and anthologies. He has been shortlisted for the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. Micheaux’s honors include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation.
‘In poems of controlled elegance, crossed with passion, Micheaux reminds us that desire may well destroy us, but it can also allow us to “heal the anguish in each other.”‘ —Carl Phillips
Rachel Rose Reid @RachelRoseReid
Rachel Rose Reid is poet, a writer and one of a new generation of storytellers. She specialises in taking storytelling to spoken word and performance poetry events across London and beyond and has been described as the “Queen of the New Wave of Storytellers.” She has performed poetry and tales at the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café (NY), Latitude Festival and The Barbican, had work commissioned for BBC Radio 3, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Billy Bragg, and collaborated with fellow artists including the Roundhouse Experimental Choir and Dizraeli & the Small Gods. Rachel also has a strong interest in recreated ritual and re-establishing folk customs in urban environments. The Lonely Planet blog named her community ritual The Willesden Green Wassail as “one of the UK’s most inspirational winter events”.
‘Immense skill and breathless conviction…There’s no faulting Reid’s command of her craft’—The Times
Paul Lyalls (@PaulLyalls)
Paul Lyalls’ work is funny, fast-moving, hip, accessible, rhythmic, clever and real. He was the 2013/2014 Poet in residence at the Roald Dahl Museum. As a performance poet and spoken word artist, Paul has gigged 10 Edinburgh Festivals and many prestigious venues in cities as diverse as New York to Belfast and often in many unusual places including Arsenal FC’s dressing room, a No73 bus to a variety of shops in the N1 London Shopping Centre. In 2008 he was Poet for the London Borough of Brent, becoming the first poet to perform at the New Wembley stadium. Paul presented and starred alongside former World Poetry Slam Champion Kat Francois in the BBC/CBBC television programme ‘The Big Slam Poetry House’. In 2015 Paul spent a year as Poet in Residence for the Museum of Oxford visiting schools, performing and working with the public and writing an official poem for the city ‘We didn’t start the shire’. In 2016 he was one of the poets in residence in the acclaimed Spine festival showcase & poet in residence at Thornhill Primary School (6th year in a row) as well as at Heartlands Secondary.
A gifted poet… his work is witty, well constructed and well delivered. —The Stage
And MUSIC from
Amy Fitz Doyley (@AmyFitzDoyley)
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.
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 Holliday.–Wandsworth Radio