Friday, February 25, 2011

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, March 13th, 2011, 6.30pm, show from 8pm, £7 (on the door only)
Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Aka Ronnie's Bar),
47 Frith Street,

Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Join us to celebrate the beginning of spring, featuring spoken word from HKB FINN; Mark Gwynne Jones; Paul Lyalls; Raymond Antrobus with music from Claudia Parisi, plus open mic for poets/singers.


HKB FiNN is a spoken word artist with a difference. His work explores the connections between cultures and his music combines elements of Jazz, Hip Hop & Reggae into a unique blend. With Poetry and occasional Raps that covers a wide range of topics from Love to Spirituality, he creates incredible soundscapes that examines our collective roots.
In the late '90's he was inspired to create a form of urban music that embraces folk traditions as well as charting urban realities. He calls this sound: Organica. FiNN describes Organica as: “A fission of Jazz, Hip Hop & Reggae with West African over tones”. His solo recordings have been themed around particular aspects of Organica and have gained him worldwide popularity as an innovator of ‘underground music’. An engaging performer, FiNN has also collaborated with a number of musical luminaries including: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nojazz, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, Viva Sinfonia, Nitin Sahwney, Kasse Mady Diabate, Tunde Jegede, The Orb, Shur-I-Kan, The Royal Opera House, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and many more. Over the years, FiNN and his ensemble have performed in over 25 countries worldwide and describes this work as: “Making music based on sharing truth, spreading love and delivering exceedingly good grooves.”

Four times fringe-award winner, Mark Gwynne Jones is well known for mind altering poetry with an almost music-hall edge. He mixes humour and poignancy with great skill and through collaborations with film-makers and musicians he is pushing poetry in new and exciting directions. Mark’s work is contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.
Appearing solo and with The Psychicbread, a show combining poetry and music Mark has toured with Kate Rusby and performed alongside The Levellers, Alan Bates, Mark Radcliffe and John Peel favourites Half Man Half Biscuit. He has sold poetry to the CIA; written poetry with disenfranchised kids in some of the most deprived areas of Britain and held various writing residencies in galleries, prisons and cinema. Mark regularly performs at music and literature festivals throughout the UK and abroad. In 2008 Loughborough University commissioned Mark to write a series of poems for a performance walk and following the event’s success, Gunpowder Parks commissioned him to write in and around four of London’s central parks exploring what is meant by ‘common ground’ in 21st century Britain. Mark has won The National Trust Poetry Competition and the Buxton Festival Fringe. With filmmaker Andy Lawrence, Mark produced a unique series of 6 film-poems. It’s Only Water was broadcast by ITV and The Message, a screenplay mixing poetry and drama, ran for seven nights on SKY television.

Paul Lyalls' work is funny, fast-moving, hip, accessible, rhythmic, clever and real. He has run hundreds of workshops in secondary and primary schools, youth projects and prisons. As a performance poet, Paul has gigged 10 Edinburgh Festivals and many prestigious venues in cities as diverse as New York to Belfast. In 2008 Paul 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. He has 2 poems published in the new 'Michael Rosen's A-Z of poetry' (Penguin/puffin). In 2005 Paul was invited to take part in the Cheltenham Literature Festival's 'All star poetry slam show', returning in 2009 performing to as support to   Michael Rosen. He has performed with Will Self, John Hegley, Jean ‘Binta' Breeze, Roger McGough, John Cooper Clarke, Andrea Leavy and George Best. More unusual gigs have included opening for 'The Libertines' and appearing on the national news, as a result of a scheme to bring poetry to the masses in which Paul performed on a regular working No73 bus as it wound it way through central London to Oxford St. His first full collection is entitled, 'Catching the cascade' - (Flipped Eye)

Raymond Antrobus is a spoken word artist, photographer and writer, born and bred in Hackney. Described by Michael Horovitz as a "unique and talented young poet" Raymond has been performing spoken word poetry since 2007 and is the International Farrago slam champion 2008. His writing is often perceived to be provocative, delicate and thoughtful. He has performed at London's South Bank Centre as part of the Literacy Festival, at universities across London, Birmingham, Manchester and Coventry, as well as in venues overseas - Berlin, Venice and the NYrican Poets Cafe in New York. He has performed at festivals such as Latitude, Vibe Festival and Secret Garden Party. He is one half of 'Speed Camera Shy', a music project that combines Spoken Word/Rap with Dub Step echoes. Raymond Antrobus is also a member of one of the world’s leading collectives of spoken-word artists known as, ‘A Poem in-between People’, (or PiP) who have been described as “London’s hottest spoken word talent” by The Times and are comprised of ten members.

A Jazz singer with Italian origins, Claudia Parisi lives in Paris. She spent years on the roads performing in rock bands, giving piano bar performances and even some “bal musette”. Settling down in Paris about 10 years ago, she studied at the Conservatoire de St Denis and then subsequently embraced the jazz idiom after a two year course at the Bill Evans Music Academy. She is both an original singer/songwriter and a superb interpreter of classic standards. Her unique style combines the passion of traditional Italian songs with colourful jazz improvisation.

PLUS Jukebox Open Mic:
Come & sing with our amazing house band or perform some poetry.

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