Monday, October 28, 2013

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, 10th November, 2013, doors 6.30pm, show from 7.30pm, £8 (tickets available on door only)
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs),
47 Frith Street,
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square

Join us for some unexpurgated words and music with special guests including: feminist poet Chimene Suleyman, surrealist poet Ronnie McGrath, 2013 shortlisted Young Poet Laureates for London  - Aisling Fahey and Bridget Minamore, plus music from emerging jazz songstress Ayesha Pike.

Since its inception in 2009, the Jazz Verse Jukebox (the brainchild of broadcaster and vocalist Jumoké Fashola), has welcomed established poets and musicians such as Lemn Sissay, Soweto Kinch, Michael Horovitz, David Grant, Anthony Joseph and Jacob Sam-La Rose. Join us for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word and jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. With cushions to lunge on, cocktails to imbibe and surprises, this diverse night is one night not to miss!

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

Compered by and with music from Jumoké Fashola

Ronnie McGrath
A surrealist, avant-garde poet and painter,  Ronnie McGrath is a published writer and Creative Writing Lecturer at Imperial College London. Works by Ronnie include Data Trace, a collection of poetry (published by SALT), and a CD entitled Acoustic Avant-Gardism (ankhademia press). He has appeared on the BBC 4 documentary Tales From The Front Room, and has just completed a novel entitled Satchmo’s Lips, which he hopes to have published in the new year.
Review of Data Trace in Wasafiri, issue no 69 Journal of International Contemporary Writing.
“That a single collection should contain such a range of material and such a wide variety of styles is a testament to the poet’s versatility and his resistance to the deadening satisfaction of cliché.”

Chimene Suleyman (@chimenesuleyman)
Chimene Suleyman is a writer from London. She has represented the UK at the International Biennale 2011 and has a one-woman show later this year. She runs established night Kid, I wrote back, and collects photos of Canary Wharf.‎

Bridget Minamore (@bridgetminamore)
Bridget Minamore is a London based poet who has been performing poetry since 2009. She has worked with the National Theatre's New Writers' programme and has had poems exhibited at a TEDxLondon conference. Bridget has represented the UK at the 2011 Biennial of Young Artists in Rome and been an Associate Artist at the Roundhouse with her poetry collectives Point Blank Poets and Rubix. She is completing an English degree at University College London and currently blogs for the arts organisation Poejazzi, and recently was shortlisted to be the first Young Poet Laureate for London.

Aisling Fahey (@_AislingF)
Aisling Fahey is a poet who has performed in various locations across England and America, including the Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre and Chicago. She is winner of the London Teenage Senior Slam and Slambassadors UK, run in association with the poetry society. She is also a member of the Burn After Reading collective and was short-listed for the Young Poet Laureate of London position earlier this year. 
'She may only be 20 years old, but her poetry certainly belies her tender years.' Waltham Forest Guardian, August 2013

Ayesha Pike (@AyeshaPike)
Currently studying jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ayesha Pike began her journey in music at the famous BRIT school for Performing Arts in London where she studied Musical Theatre. It was here surrounded by the creativity of the school that Ayesha began writing and performing her own songs. While working on and performing these songs around London Ayesha began to discover and fall in love with jazz and it was this that led her to want to study this art form in depth. Through Guildhall Ayesha was chosen to sing lead for several Charles Mingus performances performed at ‘The Spice of Life’ and in collaboration with the Duke Ellington Society UK, Ayesha was chosen to sing lead in the Duke Ellington Big Band Performance performed at Pizza Express Soho. Ayesha has worked with artists such as Lianne Caroll, Ian Shaw, Elisa Caleb and Femi Temowo at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Soho, the 606 Club and the Jazz Café.

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