Sunday 13th September 2015
The Jazz Verse Jukebox is Back to School, Sunday 13th September 2015
The JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX returns to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London on Sunday 13th September 2015 with special guests including: Simon Mole - “Extremely funny, moving and well observed poetry”/ Siddhartha Bose - “rampantly active and radioactive poetry” / Bridget Minamore / Jack Flash / Bumi Thomas - “Charming oneiric soul and delicate vocals”
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. Join us on Sunday 13th September for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. Plus live jazz trio & Open Mic. With cushions to lounge on, cocktails to imbibe & surprises, this diverse night is one night not to miss!
Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola
Date: Sunday 13th September 2015
Location: Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs), 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
Show Times: Doors Open 6.30pm, Show from 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.00. (Available on the Door Only)
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square
Special guests include:
Simon Mole (@Si_Mole)
Imagine Mike Skinner from The Streets did a one man theatre show.You would go right?
Simon Mole is the poet from the pub, that rapper from the beach, the friendly guy with the big eyes who told that story. His infectious enthusiasm for seeing and re-seeing the world around him is an open invitation for you to do the same. Some stuff he says is mad funny, everybody gets it, plus he speaks from the heart, and his love for the craft of writing is there for all to see.
Simon built his skills at the open-mics and battles of the Brighton hip hop scene, before moving to London in 2003. As one half of ‘Mole & Iris’ he has put out two well received mini-albums, the second of which, ‘Clouds’, was released in 2008.
As a solo performer, he has shared the bill with established artists such as Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Simon Armitage, John Cooper Clarke, and Kate Tempest, featuring at high profile events and venues such as Latitude Festival, Southbank Centre, and Waterstones Bookstore in Piccadilly. Simon also spent five years as the emcee in a ten piece live hip hop band playing at many festivals and venues across the country. In May 2012 he was a performing guest on a live broadcast of The Verb with Ian McMillan for BBC Radio 3.
Recent high-profile poetry residencies have seen him with the porters at Guys Hospital, with primary school children on the South Kilburn estate, and with teenagers at the Guildhall and for City of London. Commissioned poetry by Simon can now be found in all of these locations.
Simon’s groundbreaking one-man show ‘Indiana Jones and the extra chair’ sold out two London runs, and toured nationally with a full participation project and residency as part of the package. Simon’s new show, No More Worries is created with collaborator, Peader Kirk. It is touring throughout the UK in 2015
“Extremely funny, moving and well observed.” Aoife Mannix, poet in residence BBC radio 4 Saturday Live
Siddhartha Bose (@KalagoraHQ)
Siddhartha Bose is a writer, theatre-maker, and performer based in London. He was born and raised in India, followed by a seven-year stint in the USA.
Siddhartha’s books include Kalagora and Digital Monsoon (Penned in the Margins, 2010/13) and his poetry has appeared internationally in various publications including Fulcrum (USA), The Literary Review (USA), Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009) Dear World and Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2012), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (HarperCollins, India, 2012). Siddhartha has been featured on BBC 4 (TV), BBC Radio 3 and was dubbed one of the ‘ten rising stars of British poetry’ by The Times. He has performed at festivals and venues like Latitude, Alchemy, the British Council Showcase (2012), Berlin Poetry Hearings, Turku Poetry Week (Finland), Crazy Tartu Festival (Estonia), New York University, Oxford University, Royal Festival Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s. Siddhartha has written, performed and toured a play, also called Kalagora, which had an acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. His theatre work includes London’s Perverted Children, long-listed for an Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, and The Shroud. Siddhartha has written a book on the grotesque, Back and Forth (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015) and has co-edited a special issue of the literary journal Wasafiri (Routledge, UK/ USA) on international urban writing. He was a Leverhulme Fellow in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London (2011-13).
Siddhartha’s ethnographic film on Bombay, Animal City, is an official selection in the competition category at the Goa Short Film Festival 2015. Siddhartha is an Associate Artist at Penned in the Margins and teaches creative writing at London Metropolitan University.
Siddhartha is currently working on his third book of poetry and his first novel.
“Bose’s use of language – invented words, nouns made into verbs and other colourful concoctions – produces a writhing, seething, pulsating poetry.”
The Poetry Book Society Bulletin
Bridget Minamore (@BridgetMinamore)
Bridget Minamore is a writer from and based in south-east London. She has an English degree from UCL and runs poetry workshops for young people around the country. Bridget is part of the creative team behind Brainchild Festival and in 2013 was shortlisted to be London's first Young Poet Laureate. She was recently chosen as one of The Hospital Club's Emerging Creative's for 2015.
Jack Flash (@jackflashuk)
Storytelling is as old as time itself. The act of having your imagination transported to an unseen world seems as necessary to the human experience as breathing or eating. It is nothing new but it is something you may have never seen done in the style of Jack Flash. With his roots in hiphop he has branched out to create a sound that seamlessly merges rap, soul and folk.
Cutting his teeth in the hiphop world Jack has won world championship rap competitions, rap battles and built a loyal following to earn his stripes as an esteemed lyricist. With recent support from BBC 1xtra, BBC Introducing and a host of live shows across the UK, Jack has become distilled into a masterful performer with a goal to captivate any room he performs in. He presents his new live show of clever storytelling and thought provoking rhymes on a backdrop of melodic acoustic music provided by Karim Kamar on piano and Ben Riches on guitar.
Expect insightful story telling, grand choruses, social observations and razor sharp northern wit from the West Yorkshire native. Think somewhere between J Cole and Damien Rice. Yes, that place does exist.
Bumi Thomas (@BumiThomas)
Bumi Thomas is a dynamic contemporary African, acoustic Jazz-folk-soul singer and songwriter whose style is inspired by her multicultural heritage. Her music explores identity, sensuality, Love, spirituality, retrospective and cross-culturism. Born in Glasgow, raised between the tranquillity of Kano (a Nomadic desert town in Nigeria) and the colourful excitement of Lagos (one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in Africa) and now based in London after completing a degree in Fine Art Media & Visual Communication, Bumi's music represents the journey of a modern African creative in the Diaspora. Bumi's sound is a synergy that combines jazz, folklore, high life, Afro-beat rhythms, reggae grooves and tribal nuances. A truly organic fusion of ornate rhythms, thought stimulating lyrics, ambient melodies infused with funk and delivered with soul. A sound- scape rich in texture, imagination, originality and poetry inflected by the influence of Tracy Chapman, Sade Adu, Bobby McFerrin, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. Bumi has shared the stage with Muntu Valdo, Nneka, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes, Asa, Keziah Jones, Tony Allen, Sona Jorbatheh and Kenny Thomas; building a fan base that's is as diverse as her music. In 2011, Bumi received the Womatt Best of British (BOB) Award for Best Solo Newcomer and was also nominated for two BEFFTA awards "Best Female Act" and "Best Female UK Based Afro-Caribbean Act". Her live performances have been going from strength to strength with outings in 2013 at Saluting the Black President Fela Kuti tribute and the London African Jazz Festival. Bumi also played at the Africa centre summer festival curated by Yinka Shonibare and at the opening of the George Oshodi's Nigerian Monarch Centenary Exhibition. This year has seen her supporting critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Asa at her only UK gig, for her Bed of Stone tour, at London’s Union Chapel. Bumi was also invited to contribute to the Vibes and Pressure compilation Album by founder Natty, which was released in July 2014. Her Debut EP 'Feather Pearl' was released in 2014.
"The night kicked off with an amazing set from the beautiful Bumi Thomas with her charming oneiric soul and delicate vocals which grabbed the crowd’s attention, and I’m sure that anyone who hadn’t seen this lady before would be an instant fan, as I was.” Liz Amadi - Mobo
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