Jazz Verse Jukebox

Friday 13 April  2018 | 19:30

Jazz Verse Jukebox returns to Hoxton Hall on 13th April 2018 with  some of our favourite guests and our annual pick of the ‘Ones to watch’. Continuing the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word, the Jazz Verse Jukebox is a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. With a live band and a unique jukebox Open Mic, which offers you the chance to perform your poetry or sing with the band. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.

Featuring poetry from:

Amani Saeed 

Amani Saeed is a London-born American-British-Indian-Middle-Eastern-etc spoken word artist. She is a member of the poetry collective ‘the yoniverse’ and has worked with the Roundhouse, the BBC, and the Huffington Post. Her work tackles a range of issues including the struggles of having a multifaceted identity, how to love after abuse, and being a ‘bad Muslim.’ Her first collection, Split, will be out with Burning Eye Books this May.

Barbican Young Poets ft Zahrah Sheikh

Zahrah Sheikh, a British Pakistani poet from Ilford. A Barbican Young Poet and a member of Octavia a women of colour collective based at Southbank. Has performed at Walthamstow Garden Party and has had work displayed at Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Annie Hayter

Annie enjoys the queerness of writing about herself. Lately graduated from Oxford, she is a Barbican Young Poet 2017-2018. Following work as a kitchen porter, a large fat fryer is her current muse. She won the BBC Proms Young Poet 2011, and was runner up for Times Young Poet 2012.

Sumia Jaama 

Sumia Jaama is currently studying her MA in Creative writing and Education while running workshops at a secondary school in Southwark. She runs workshops often as part of Keats house’s Creative Writing Summer School. She is a linguist and programmer having completed her BA in Arabic and English literature whilst self-teaching python and becoming a coding workshop leader for students. Sumia often writes about exploring absence  and what there is to discover about blank spaces in relation to our selves.

Annie Byrne

Annie Byrne is a dedicated fan of AskAManager who writes code and poetry sometimes. An alumni of Barbican Young Poets and member of the MenAreTrash collective, she is currently working on her first pamphlet.

With Music from:

Kate Thomas 

Kate Thomas is an eclectic singer-songwriter based in London with influences from jazz and world music. Kate traveled the world for many years with a backpack and guitar in tow and has performed in multiple genres including folk, gypsy, latin and jazz; all of which you can now hear in Kate‘s music. Kate is regular on the London circuit with gigs at Ronnie Scott’s, Spice of Life, Pizza Express, The Bedford, The Dublin Castle, Water Rats to name but few. In 2014 Kate was a finalist in the Battle of the Bands competition at The Boisdale. Kate has also played at The Brentwood Festival on the bill with UB40 and was invited to play at the RARE Jazz Festival last summer, on the bill with Saxophonist and BBC radio 2 broadcaster Leo Green. Kate‘s debut EP “The Lion’s Raw” was released on 20 October 2017 and launched at  ‘The Spice of Life’, because, as the saying goes: ‘variety is, the spice of life’.