Friday, March 09, 2012

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, March 11th, 2012, doors 6.30pm, show from 7.30pm, £8 (tickets can only be purchased on the door)

Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (AKA Ronnie’s Bar)
47 Frith Street,
W1D 4HT 
Tube: Tottenham Court Road

Join us to celebrate the beginning of spring, with spoken word from Musa Okwonga, Mark Gwynne Jones, Agnes Meadows and Anna Le, music from Sarah Moule, plus an open mic for poets and singers.

Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.

Musa Okwonga is an acclaimed football writer, poet and musician of Ugandan descent. In 2008 his first football book, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. His poetry and football writing have been featured by’s 4Talent, Attitude magazine, Prospect, The Times, and The Sunday Times, and he has twice been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme; he has also performed his poetry at the 2008 EU Energy Summit in front of an audience of EU environment and energy ministers. He is one half of The King's Will, an electronica outfit that blends poetry, music, and animated videos.

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.

Agnes Meadows has been a Featured Poet with the Austin International Poetry Festival ten times, and has twice won the Christina Sergeyevna Award for Outstanding Writing. She has also read and given workshops at festivals and events all over the world, most recently in Singapore and Zurich. .  Agnes also runs successful poetry events in London, including ‘Loose Muse’, the capital’s only regular event for women writers at the Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe.  She has been an adviser on Poetry for Channel 4 TV. She has written five books of poetry, entitled “You and Me”,  “Quantum Love”, “Woman”, “At Damascus Gate on Good Friday”, and ‘This One Is For You’,  the latter three published by Flipped Eye.  Agnes has also produced a CD of her poetry with music, called “Blues Shakin’ My Heels’. She is currently, and incredibly slowly, writing a novel set in 12th Century Constantinople, with a woman soldier as the central character.

Anna Le is an undercover word lover, applying her craft by stealth. Increasingly, Anna is now performing at some of the most prestigious poetry events including, Farrago, The Poetry Café, and the Hay Festival.

Recently named by Jazz UK Magazine's Brian Blain as the Best Live Vocal Jazz Gig in the last 15 years, singer Sarah Moule has established a rapidly growing reputation as one of Britain's most exciting jazz vocal talents. Her new one-woman show 'FEMMES FATALES - Songs for the Fallen, Wild & Wicked' has received standing ovations and been described as 'compelling', 'empowering' and 'highly original' and when performing her PORTRAIT OF PEGGY LEE, Bob Sinfield of Jazzfm Radio says that ‘something of the spirit of Peggy Lee seems to come over her.  It’s slightly spooky...but in a very good way’. Sarah’s latest CD, 'A Lazy Kind Of Love' (Red Ram Records RAM001), marks a new direction in her choice of material, including songs from unusual sources such as Julie Burchill, Clive James/Pete Atkin and Madonna's brother-in-law, composer and producer, Joe Henry, as well as continuing her ongoing musical relationship with legendary American Beat lyricist Fran Landesman and British composer and pianist Simon Wallace.

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