Sunday, March 25, 2012

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, 8th April, 2012, doors open 6.30pm, show 7.30pm, £8 (tickets on the door only)
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs),
47 Frith Street,
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square


Special Guests
AF Harrold / Floetic Lara/ Anthony Anaxagorou / Raymond Antrobus
with music from Emma Divine

Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola

Since its inception in 2009, the Jazz Verse Jukebox, (the brainchild of broadcaster & vocalist Jumoké Fashola), has welcomed established poets & musicians such as Lemn Sissay, Soweto Kinch, Michael Horovitz, Carrie Grant, Anthony Joseph & Katrina Naomi & upcoming poets such as Dean Atta, Keith Jarrett and Indigo Williams.
The Jazz Verse Jukebox celebrates it’s third anniversary with a bumper line-up of spoken word artists & vocalists. Join us for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. With cushions to lunge on, cocktails to imbibe & surprises, this 3rd Birthday is one night not to miss!

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

A.F. Harrold is an English poet who straddles various arenas, writing for both children and adults both silly and sensible things. He was Glastonbury Festival Poet-in-Residence in 2008, Cheltenham Literature Festival Poet-in-Residence 2010 and has had his work featured on BBC Radios 3, 4 and 7 and in various books, magazines and anthologies. He has a beard.

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.

Singer, Songwriter, Spoken Word Artist, Floetic Lara blends onomatopoeic phasing, musical accents and lyrics steeped in honesty, passion and experience, to replicate the beats of historical storytellers. Having worked alongside UK and US greats such as Omar, Don-E, Dwele and Erykah Badu and performed in London, Europe, Asia and the USA she in constant demand with a number of international performances, with some of the world's most respected artists under her belt, FLO is a unique, creative dynamo, with undeniable soul.

Anthony Anaxagorou is a poet and writer who since 2009 has self-published 7 collections of poetry, short stories and essays. The poem Himself which features in his first book entitled Card Not Accepted won the attention of the BBC when they chose to have actor Damian Lewis read it on Newsnight as part of Britain's Arts & Culture week. Since then he has gone on to write and perform a handful of poems that revolve around some of life's more intimate matters, as well as tackling those broader and more philosophical themes such as ethnocentricity, racism, war and socioeconomic privilege. He has toured the UK with MOBO award winning hip hop artist Akala as well as running his own poetry workshops with refugee children in both Burma and Thailand. When he's not writing or performing poetry Anthony can be found mentoring some of London's most disenfranchised young people.

Emma Divine is a respected up-coming jazz, blues & soul singer-songwriter with 'a voice big enough to eclipse the sun' (Bete Noire). Influenced by early 1900s roots blues to the Northern Soul scene of the 1960-70s Emma's voice has been described as similar to the highly regarded solo grammy award winning singer Cissy Houston. After recording with Ian Shaw's vocal workshop at The Premises, Emma has had a whirlwind couple of years. Performances include Greenwich Comedy Festival, Secret Garden Party, Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall & Manchester United Premier League Football Trophy. Emma is an experienced studio session & backing vocalist and appeared on BBC Children In Need's album in 2009. Since adopting her Grandmother's surname, Emma Divine is paving the way to her own debut album which will be available late 2012.

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