Sunday 13th December 2015
The Jazz Verse Jukebox ‘Christmas Poetry Party’, Sunday 13th December 2015
The JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX heralds Christmas with poetic words & soulful jazz Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on Sunday 13th December 2015 with special guests including: Dorothea Smartt - “She plunges into a complex and diverse world which embraces Banjul, Barbados and her London base, Brixton” ; Toni Stuart - “uses poetry to interrogate a range of social issues such as the stories of place and displacement”,Paul Cree - “An amazing storyteller, with turns-of-phrases to die for and an effortless rhyming flow"
With music from HorseDreamer (Roger Robinson & Piers Faccini) -“sitting half-way between spoken word and sweet-as-honey melody.” and music from Maya Blu - “Ska Music" meets soul vocals, celebrating "Women and Womanhood"
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 December 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 December 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:
Dorothea Smartt (@britbornbajan1)
Dorothea Smartt, born and raised in London, is of Barbadian heritage. Dubbed “Brit born Bajan international” by Kamau Brathwaithe (Poet) her poetry appears in several journals and ground-breaking anthologies, including IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000), and A Storm Between Fingers (Flipped Eye, 2007). Dorothea’s first collection, Connecting Medium (2001) features a Forward Prize award winning poem. Her video/poetry installation is part of LandFall, (2009) at the Museum of London Docklands, an international exhibition of new work exploring the Atlantic Ocean as natural phenomenon and transporter of dreams and peoples. She regularly facilitates poetry workshops. She has read and performed in Wales, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Jamaica, Bahrain, Egypt, England and the USA.
Toni Stuart (@nomadpoet)
Toni Stuart is a poet, performer and spoken word educator from South Africa. She performed at the Paris Autumn Festival as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012/2013, and in 2014, was part of the Scottish Poetry Library's Commonwealth Poets United exchange. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books in South Africa and internationally. In 2013, she was named in the Mail and Guardian's list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans. In 2014/2015 she was a Chevening Scholar in the UK where she completed an MA Writer/Teacher at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Paul Cree (@PaulCree)
Paul is a writer and performer who is fascinated with the little things in life. He likes to write about the day-to-day and his environment around him. His work spans poetry, theatre, music and prose. Tea, lager, football and staring aimlessly out of the window are among some of his favourite things.
"Paul Cree has the ability to make you feel like it was you who discovered him, like he was speaking to only you when everyone else started clapping, bloody latecomers. An amazing storyteller, with turns-of-phrases to die for and an effortless rhyming flow." Poejazzi
HorseDreamer (@rrobinson72 //@piersfaccini)
Horsedreamer is a band utterly in control of their emotions. Their songs are stripped of everything that is unnecessary. Their focus is slowcore folk, sparse instrumentation, ambient textures, eerie tension and story songs. They leaves you with the experience of being submerged in a really great epic film where there are no heroes and affecting humility being the only option left.
Roger Robinson began writing the lyrics for what would later become Horsedreamer back in 2009 but it wasn't until he teamed up with songwriter and producer Piers Faccini that the project was born. Over the course of three sessions in Piers Faccini's studio in the foothills of the south of France, they set to work writing and recording a collection of songs for the album. The songs were born out of Robinson's gifts as a lyricist and Faccini's skill in creating melodies and arrangements to marry the strength of the lyric. Like two artisans in the ancient craft of songwriting, they set to work in the solitude of Faccini 's studio in the woods, crafting this haunting collection of songs.
"Piers invited me to his studio in Cevennes over to write one day, and I showed him these unfinished lyrics that I had been holding on to. Piers leapt right on it - we make a classic songwriting duo; where i bring word, Piers brings music and melody, filling in the blanks until the page is complete . And that was the beginning of our songwriting partnership - that's when we became a team."
Friends for years their writing partnership is also bolstered by the fact that in their collective family histories lay half the worlds roaming and immigrant peoples. A fact reflected in their songs. The constant melancholy of being an outsider, but also the rebelliousness and survival instincts of displaced peoples. Horsedreamer is the song of their ancestral roaming, echoing down from the highest peaks to the deepest of valleys and from the harshest of deserts to the greenest of meadows, quietly in the whispering winds, Horsedreamer is singing.
Maya Blu (@MissMayaBlu)
Having written and produced for some of the greats, Beverley Knight,Damage,Tina Turner,Rod Stewart,Artful Dodger & Liberty X, Michelle Escoffery is finally offering her own material under the artist name "Maya Blu".
Hailing from the "Escoffery's" hall of fame, Michelle is the youngest of the sisters who were signed to Atlantic Records in 1991 with their album "Opinions".
She started singing at the tender age of 7 under direction of her father "George Escoffery" who taught all four sisters to sing in 4 part harmony.
Michelle was principle songwriter of the RnB girl group "Truce" signed to Big Life Records 1993-98.
She then signed to EMI music publishing in 2000 and in 2002 wrote No1 hit Just A Little - Liberty X. This song won her the prestigious Ivor Novello award for PRS most performed work of 2002 and was recently acknowledged by PRS as one of the top 100 songs of the century.Growing up in a Jamaican household with parents of the "Windrush Era", Michelle's influences are richly rooted in reggae, gospel and soul with hints of jazz. Single "Slow Dance" is a throwback of "Ska Music" meets soul vocals, celebrating "Women and Womanhood" with substance & panache.
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