Saturday, July 09, 2011

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, 10th July, 2011, doors 6.30pm, show from 8pm, £7 (can only be purchased on door)

Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Aka Ronnie's Bar),
47 Frith Street,
W1D 4H

This month we welcome poets who can spin a yarn so tight it will leave you gasping in wonder!

Featuring spoken word from Dean Atta; Francesca Beard; Ronnie McGrath; Lennox Brown, with music from Rebecca Poole

plus Open Mic for poets/singers

Compered by and with music from Jumoké Fashola


Dean Atta is an Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist with numerous poems featured on television, radio and online platforms such as BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, BET International, Channel 4, Colourful Radio, Cut The Chat, Community Channel, Grime Daily, Manorlogz, PinBoard, SB.TV, Solar Radio and Resonance FM. His words know no limits. Winner of the Spirit of London Award for 'Achievement through the Arts', Dean has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, London Transport Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

London-based Francesca Beard was born in Malaysia. She performs poetry and runs workshops all over the world with the British Council. She’s been called ‘spine-tingling’ (Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry (Metro.) She is currently working on ‘London Tales’, an interactive story-telling platform for live and on-line participants with B3 Media, supported by The Arts Council, England. To find out more, please visit

Ronnie McGrath is a Creative Writing Lecturer at Imperial College London and the University of The Arts, London College of Communication. A former musician, he was a founding member of the defunct musical group the London Afro Blok, who toured Europe, performed for the Queen and opened the 1994 Commonwealth Games in British Columbia, Canada. In 1993, he was commended for his writing by ACER, who later published and awarded 1st place for his writing in 1994. As a contemporary artist, he has exhibited his work throughout London. His latest book is entitled DATA TRACE is a collection of innovative poetry that sheds light on the changing nature of a poet’s identity and his experience of growing up in Britain. It is an earnest look at the ‘self’ as raced and un-raced, sexualised and un-sexualised, gendered and yet stripped to the bone of an impossibility to define ‘self’ in a fast and forever changing world.

Introducing Lennox Brown. A stalwart member of the Jazz Verse Jukebox, Lennox Brown has often astounded us with his insightful, wonder-seeking, moving poetry. He steps up from the open mic to become a featured artist in July. About time too!

with music from Rebecca Poole, a singer/songwriter recently discovered by Jazz Fm Radio who regularly play her songs and recently broadcast her live show at The Boisdale supported by Jools Holland. She mixes vintage swing with pop and has a playful smoky voice. Recent shows include Wembley Stadium and The Royal Albert Hall.

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