Saturday, October 13, 2012

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, 14th October, 2012, Doors open 6.30pm, show from 7.30pm, £8 (on the door only)

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs),
47 Frith Street,
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square

Jazz Verse Jukebox marks the UK’s 2012 National Poetry Day with special guest poets Katrina Naomi, Phil Lucas, underground hip hop star Breis, plus music from Argentinian jazzer Guillermo Rozenthuler and from Ayo-Dele.

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, David Grant, Anthony Joseph, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Katrina Naomi. 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 is one night not to miss!

PLUS Jukebox Open Mic:
Come & sing with our amazing house band (Simon Wallace-Piano/ Oli Hayhurst-Bass/ Winston Clifford-Drums) or perform some poetry.

Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola

Katrina Naomi’s first full collection, ‘The Girl with the Cactus Handshake’ (Templar Poetry 2009), was shortlisted for the 2010 London New Writing Award and received an Arts Council England writer’s award. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, the Essex Poetry Festival and the StAnza Poetry Festival, among others. From 2009-10 Katrina was the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s first writer-in-residence and a pamphlet ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Corset’ was published by the Brontë Society in 2010. Katrina won the 2008 Templar Poetry Competition with her pamphlet ‘Lunch at the Elephant & Castle’ and recently received a Hawthornden Fellowship. Katrina was brought up in Margate and lives in south London.

BREIS (pronounced breeze) is a dynamic Hip Hop MC constantly pushing the boundaries of what Hip Hop is and can be. He is also the author of educational Hip Hop book entitled ‘Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students’. His style is a fusion of Hip Hop, Soul and Afrobeat born out of his experiences growing up in both the UK and Nigeria. He has toured internationally and shared the stage with artists such as Angie Stone, Nneka, Dead Prez, Omar Sosa, and Kim Burrell. He is currently recording material for his debut album.

Writer, poet and pointless word rambler Phil Lucas is the author of 3 poetry books and one novel.  Before being gifted a publisher and deciding to decamp to Brighton to write full-time he took a somewhat messy journey through employment and real life.  He has run school classes on poetry, been a stand-up comedy poet (he hates that phrase) and had an unhealthy dose of proper and largely pointless jobs too.  His acclaimed 2008 debut novel, Seaside Tales From Asper St Jasper, won him a cult (i.e. small) following and his poems have been peppering all sorts of publications for about 15 years.  He also won a poetry competition a long time ago, but he insists he doesn't want that to persuade you that his work has any merit.
When Phil is not writing his books in cafes he's usually writing all sorts of bits and bobs for magazines and websites in cafes. He also spends a lot of time on Twitter, in cafes. Phil is equally at home writing about them technical aspects of The Channel Tunnel or the potential consequences of owls developing hands.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guillermo is a versatile vocalist, guitarist and composer. He is the lead singer of Rioplatenses, a band featuring some of UK’s top Latin musicians. They appear regularly in London, performing Guillermo’s originals and their distinctly contemporary take on traditional South American folklore. Rioplatenses have recently released their first live album, A route to the roots.
Guillermo moved to the UK in 2000 after more than 10 years performing and teaching in Buenos Aires, where he grew his reputation as a jazz and Latin vocalist and voice coach. Now based in London, he regularly takes part in several musical and pedagogic projects across Europe.
Guillermo didn't find tango, tango found him after he moved to Europe. From his home base in London, he has now become one of the leading voices of tango in the UK, working regularly with various UK and Europe-based tango bands, La Portatil, Mala Pinta, Los Mareados.
Formerly the vocalist of outstanding sax player Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, winner of the BBC Jazz awards, Guillermo has recorded in their album, Musik, hailed “Best Jazz album of the Year", (J Lewis, Time Out).
After moving to London, Guillermo immersed himself in the melting pot of European, African and Asian influences that define the musical landscape of the city. In 2007 he has achieved a Masters degree with distinction in Ethnomusicology (Middle Eastern music) at SOAS.

Ayo-Dele is currently working on her project ‘Forever Becoming’ which combines her British and Nigerian influences expressed through songs and stories. Her latest collaboration is Naija, the Musical – a three year development project which she is co-devising and writing with UK based renown freelance theatre practitioner, Femi Elufowoju, jr.
Ayo-Dele Edwards is a London based singer/actress, who from an early age has been surrounded by various genres of music. As the fourth child born to Nigerian parents in London, Ayo-Dele has experienced countless blessings that have molded her into who she is today. Her name means ‘Joy has come home’ in Yoruba, a tribe and language spoken in Nigeria, Western Africa.
At the tender age of four, her family moved back home to Africa, where she adjusted to a new way of life, assimilating a new found culture through formative education and formulating new friendships. Surrounded by eclectic rhythms and sounds, Ayo-Dele became fixated with music a huge cultural signpost at every corner she turned. Merging her British musical repertoire with the African heritage was inevitable and grew into her main passion.

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