Sunday 10th March
JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX Sunday 10th March 2013
On Sunday 10th March 2013, the Jazz Verse Jukebox digs deep into ‘the word’, both poetic & sung. Special Guests include: Nuyorican Poets Café 2007 grand slam champion Aja Monet; Multi award-winning poet Dean Atta; 2002 London Mayors Poetry Slam Champion Anthony Anaxagorou; ‘mind-altering poet’ Mark Gwynne Jones & music from 2012 Mobo Nominee Zara McFarlane.
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, Colin Salmon, Jacob Sam-La Rose & 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. They’ll be cushions to lounge on, cocktails to imbibe & surprises!
PLUS Jukebox Open Mic:
Come & sing with our amazing house band (Simon Wallace -Piano / Oli Hayhurst - Bass/ Winston Clifford-Drums) or perform some poetry.
Aja Monet /Dean Atta / Anthony Anaxagorou / Mark Gwynne Jones /
plus music from Zara McFarlane
Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola
Special Guests include:
Known for an indomitable stage presence and voice that belies her appearance, Aja Monet is one of the most accomplished and respected poets within the community. She was a member of the first youth team from NYC to win the Brave New Voices Youth National Poetry slam. At the age of 19, Aja Monet became the youngest individual to ever win the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café grand slam champion title (2007), ranking top 20 in the National Poetry Slam and 5th in the nation as part of the Nuyorican slam team within the same year. In 2008, Aja Monet was on the Hollywood Slam team at Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, CA. She has performed at the NAACP Pre-Inauguration Event for Barack Obama. She has performed On-Broadway at the Town Hall theatre, the Apollo theatre, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Bowery Poetry Club, B.B. Kings, The Schomburg Center of Harlem, and various college campuses, public parks and theatres around the United States, France, and in Bermuda. Often received by both poetry and Hip Hop crowds, Aja Monet has shared the stage with incredible poets Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and countless others.
Aja Monet’s poems have appeared in the NY Times (April 2007) and in television programs as far away as Germany and Australia (2008, 09). Aja received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aja Monet’s first book of poems, The Black Unicorn Sings, was independently published with Penmanship books (2010). She recently collaborated with poet/musician Saul Williams to edit a book of poetry due out on MTV Books/Simon & Schuster Publishing in Fall 2012 called, Chorus. She is currently living in Paris and is working on a book of science-fiction.
Winner of 2009 Spirit of London Award for Achievement through the Arts, 2011 BEFFTA Award for Best Spoken Word Artist/Poet and London Poetry Award at the 2012 London Awards for Arts and Performance. Commissioned to write poems for Walker Books, Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, London Transport Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Featured on TV, radio and online platforms, such as BBC 1Xtra, Radio 4, 6 Music, BET International, Channel 4, Colourful Radio, Cut The Chat, Community Channel, Grime Daily, Manorlogz, PinBoard, SB.TV, Solar Radio and Resonance FM. Dean has literally performed everywhere, from the Poetry Cafe to the Jazz Cafe, from the Roundhouse to the Houses of Parliament, his words know no limits! Dean also facilitates creative writing and performance workshops for children and adults.
"Dean Atta is man on a mission – whose powerful reflections on race, identity and sexuality make him one of the most outspoken social commentators of his musical generation." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"Dean Atta is one of the leading lights in London's poetry scene. His powerful reflections on race, identity and sexuality have won him recognition from BBC Radio, Channel 4 and the Tate Britain - not to mention a formidable reputation on the spoken word circuit." - Sam Parker, Huffington Post
Mark Gwynne Jones
An engaging and energetic performer, Mark Gwynne Jones is well known for surreal, mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge. Mixing humour and poignancy with great skill he keenly observes the alien qualities inherent but unnoticed in the world around us. It's contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.
‘Inspired… one of the most accomplished performance poets in the land…drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem’ The Guardian
‘Mark Gwynne Jones should be ruined with fame and money before he shows the rest of us up for the bunch of sissies we are. But if you don’t want the truth, don’t call a poet, at least not a real one.’ Martin Newell, The Independent
‘I always stipulate that who ever is on with me hasn’t got to be any good – this one got past me - I don’t know how, but heads will roll.’ John Cooper Clarke
Anthony Anaxagorou has been active in the poetry scene for more than a decade. He won the London Mayors Poetry Slam in 2002, and since then, he has made a number of appearances on radio and television. His first book, 'Card Not Accepted', was published in 2009 - since then, he has gone on to publish 6 more volumes of poetry. In November 2010, Anaxagorou supported the UK hip hop artist Akala in his 'Doublethink' tour.Anthony's work tackles a range of subjects, including history, politics, racism, love and spirituality.
'Anthony's work speaks, like all genuine works of art, of what it is to be human.' - Akala
'...one of the most powerful stage performances I’ve seen' - Evening Standard
'I want words to shake me alive, to frighten me into a new skin, for if they fail in doing so then they are not words but mere mutterings.' - Anthony Anaxagorou
Anybody keeping an eye on the ongoing development of the British jazz scene will have noticed Zara McFarlane in the last few years. The 28 year-old London vocalist has made a string of impressive appearances with musicians who do no choose their collaborators without careful consideration – Denys Baptiste, Orphy Robinson, Soweto Kinch and Jazz Jamaica All Stars to name but some. McFarlane's appearance on the latter's 2006 Motown-themed album Motor City Roots revealed a singer whose power was offset by delicacy, as was clear from her sensitive handling of Stevie Wonder's My Cherie Amour.
All of these experiences have furthered the growth of Zara McFarlane as an artist in the most complete sense of the term and the singer made good on her potential when she issued her self-produced EP, Until Tomorrow in 2010. The 6 track mini-album was evenly split between original compositions such as Captured and standards like the perennial jazz favourite On Green Dolphin Street. There was enormous poise in the way that McFarlane handled the melodic line and chord changes of a piece but what was arguably as impressive was the fact that she asserted herself as a thoughtful lyric writer.
That EP evolved into a full-length album, Until Tomorrow, and marked Zara McFarlane's debut for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings. Less than 12 months later after its release she was nominated for a MOBO award in the best jazz act category.
“Her style is predominantly that of the jazz chanteuse, her voice floated with beautiful control over a vivid canvas of instrumentation”. The Observer
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