Friday, June 21, 2013

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox at the Royal Albert Hall

Friday, 5th July, 2013, doors 6.30pm, show from 7.45pm, £13.50, 
Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room),
Kensington Gore,
Tube: South Kensington / High Street Kensington

Book Online: or Call 0845 401 5045

Following her stunning appearance last year at the Royal Albert Hall for the Dionne Warwick & Friends Concert, BBC broadcaster and vocalist Jumoké Fashola brings her eclectic Jazz Verse Jukebox to the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London (as part of the Inspired Word Series) with special guests Luke Wright, Inua Ellams, John Siddique and Carrie Grant.

Jazz and performance poetry have been intertwined for decades and for this special Jazz Verse Jukebox, established spoken word poets & singers, will continue this age-old tradition, and explore through performance what it means to be a 21st century ‘modern day griot’ with influences from the four corners of the globe.

Luke Wright, poet and playwright has been described as "one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation" by The Independent. He writes bawdy bar room ballads about Westminster rogues and small town tragedies.

Carrie Grant, is best known for her work as Vocal Coach on the television talent contests Fame Academy, Comic Relief does Fame Academy and Pop Idol and being a regular reporter for BBC 1's The One Show, and will be performing her own original material.

Inua Ellams is a poet and playwright (The National Theatre), whose style is as influenced by classic literature as it is by hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism & traditional story telling with contemporary diction and musicality. John Siddique, the bestselling author of Full Blood, Recital – An Almanac, Poems From A Northern Soul, and The Prize has been described as one most influential British writers of South Asian heritage. (Full Biographies below)

All this, plus live Jazz & accompaniment from the Jazz Verse Jukebox Trio which features Dorian Ford on Piano, Oli Hayhurst on Double Bass, Winston Clifford.

Hosted by and with music from the Jazz Verse Jukebox creator Jumoké Fashola.

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