Saturday, October 08, 2011

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, 9th October, 2011, doors 6.30pm, show from 8pm, £7 (available on the door)
Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club,
47 Frith Street,
Tube: Tottenham Court Road
 or Leicester Square

Special guests include Adisa, Katrina Naomi, Chip Grim, Den Rele and Clare Foster, plus open mic for poets/singers.
Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola
Adisa is a favourite on the spoken word and performance poetry scenes.  He has performed widely – from music and literature festivals to pubs, from Buckingham Palace to schools, theatres and day centres for senior citizens. He’s been a winner of a national competition New Performance Poet of the Year, a Hackney Poet Laureate and Poet-in-Residence at the Crafts Council. A prolific writer  his poetry and music one-man show, 1968: The Year That Never Ended toured the UK, taking revolution as its theme, exploring the voices and movements of one of the most influential years of the 20th century, drawing inspiration from the Folk, Reggae, Soul, Afrobeat and Pop music of the time.  He is the author of "Lip Hopping with the Fundi-Fu"  and his work has been published in various poetry anthologies. 
“Adisa is the future. It’s so good to have something to look forward to.” Benjamin Zephaniah
Jazz vocalist Clare Foster has performed in New York, New Orleans, Toronto, Thailand, Singapore and toured all over the UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France and as far north as Lapland. Lauded for her versatile singing, she is equally at home singing the music of Brazil as she is performing the Jazz repertoire. In 2009 she released her fifth solo album Learning to Love. Clare teaches Jazz Vocals/Voice privately and has also taught at many conservatories including Trinity College of Music, London, The Jyvaskyla Conservatory, Finland, and in the Netherlands and Canada.

Katrina Naomi’s first full collection, ‘The Girl with the Cactus Handshake’ (Templar Poetry) was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. During 2009/10, she was the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s first writer-in-residence, and the Bronte Society published a pamphlet, ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Corset’ at the end of her residency.  Katrina has performed at festivals all over the UK, and in 2008 won the Templar Poetry Competition with her pamphlet ‘Lunch at the Elephant & Castle’. She is also a Hawthornden Fellow. Katrina was brought up in Margate and lives in south London.
'Katrina Naomi's poems are fresh and surprising - they're user-friendly, willing to link arms with you, but then they tug you along in unlikely directions. Roddy Lumsden
By day, Denrele writes preposterous stories, and a good few poems, mostly about love, lust and other sexually transmitted diseases. Sometimes she performs them. Sometimes she sings. She is probably the only living poet to ever write a tribute song to Neil Gaiman. And she's okay with that. Denrele has performed in fine venues across London including the Barbican, BAC and the South Bank and her work has been published many journals and anthologies including IC3 - The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and Velocity: The best of Apples and Snakes.
"Notorious" Dazed and Confused Magazine

Grim Chip has been appearing - and then mysteriously disappearing - on the poetry circuit for the last ten years. A boxing & cricket enthusiast, if you've caught his stuff, then you remember it - he's not an easy man to forget. His poetry, both the personal and the political, is pertinent and powerful, with a delivery to match. His work, published in Rising, South Bank Poetry and Pen Pusher proves that the page/stage divide is not one that he pays much attention to. The man takes poetry very seriously and thinks it best that you do too. Better pay attention - the brother's grim.
PLUS Jukebox Open Mic:
Come & sing with our amazing house band or perform some poetry.

No comments: