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WE ARE 5!!!
The JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX Sunday 13th April 2014

Join us to celebrate 5 years of the JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX (Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club) on Sunday 13th April 2014 with special guests including: HKB FiNN, TSHAKA CAMPBELL, PETE THE TEMP, ZIA AHMED, KAROO CHANTI

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 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 lunge on, cocktails to imbibe & 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.
Special Guests


Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola


Date: Sunday 13th April 2014
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


is a Poet, Film Maker, Jazz/Hip Hop practitioner, Purveyor of Urban Folk Music and Griot to the Willing. His work is literate, political, restorative & highly original. He tells succinct stories of people & the places we dwell & manages to remain insightful, playful & occasionally mystical. HKB FiNN's original musical style blends the sounds of Afro Latin, West African, Contemporary Jazz & Acoustic Hip Hop sounds to produce beautifully enriching experiences unlike any other.His visual language is distinct & inspired by the idea of taking snapshots of realistic but positive images of Africans in the new World. He’s keen to tell stories without rancour or delusion & to update the role of the Griot by embracing newer mediums & reinforce ideas of our universal humanity. A former member of seminal hip hop group Katch 22, he has written and performed on 25 albums and has collaborated with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Through exploring his own cultural legacy, HKB FiNN has created an organic modern sound which he’s dubbed ‘acoustic Afro hip hop’.

Tshaka Campbell (@pappatshak)


Originally from England, Tshaka Campbell moved to the United States at the ripe old age of 10. Raised on his fathers teachings of solidarity and brought up on the teachings of greats from Garvey Pan-Africanism to William Churchill, he adopted his fathers intense love of language. As a performer, Tshaka is recognized as an accomplished artist and performer and was voted one of the 25 people to know in San Francisco. Performance accolades include not only being a member of the 2004 Nuyorican Poetry National Poetry Slam Team and the 2006 Hollywood National Champion Slam Poetry team, but he also earned the Grand Champion title at the 2005 San Francisco and 2007 Hollywood Championships. Similarly, his writing reads as well of the page as it does in his live performances. Tshaka has toured internationally, and has been featured at theatres from the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York to the poetry Caf矩n London England; as well as numerous colleges, city fairs and creative venues throughout the United States. He also conducts lectures, teenage and adult workshops in creative writings, spiritual verse and a number of other related topics.
Tshakas debut CD 'ONE' was released in 2006, and sophomore release Bloodlines in 2009 both receiving great responses across the globe. He has published a collection of poems entitled TarMan and has released a collection of short stories, prose and poetry in 2007 entitled Muted Whispers that is currently available in stores and libraries.
Tshaka now resides in London, England and continues to change the world by asking everyone to LISTEN DIFFERENT

Pete The Temp (@PeteTheTemp)


Mr Pete The Temp (BA, MA, PhD, PDF) is a stand-up poet, a singer-songwriter and a damn fine administrator. His act combines high octane slap-stick poetry with musical comedy and audience participation.

Since 2008 Pete has shared a stage with Bill Bailey, Mark Thomas, Stewart Lee, Josie Long, John Hegley, Elvis McGonnagal and Howard Marx. In 2010 he performed at 14 festivals including Edinburgh, Glastonbury, Shambala, Secret Garden Party and Others.

In 2011 Pete will be touring with a multimedia spoken word stage show ‘Pete (the Temp) verses Climate Change’ in which he will be dismantling the industrial hydrocarbon superstructure with the use of poetry!!

Beyond performing he does slam poetry workshops in schools and youth centers. He is also involved with Cyc du Soliel (a cycle and solar powered sound system). The system is used to do green themed performance poetry workshops and stages at festivals. Pete The Temp is now only available for state funeral bookings.

Zia Ahmed (@ziatwits)


Zia Ahmed is an up and coming poet and theater performer, he speaks with an honesty and in a real down to earth manner. He is the 2011 Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion, a member of the new collective Elephant and has made appearances as many of the top poetry events; Tongue Fu, Elephant in the Hub, bang said the gun, as well as music festivals; Bestival & Camp Festival.

Karoo Chanti


Karoo Chanti is a, relatively, new artist to the spoken word scene having spent the last four years deep in academic institutions studying literature, creative writing and a recent MA in Political Philosophy. Since her move from the Mediterranean coast of Barcelona (September 2013) back to the capitalist smoke of London, she has been performing in as many open mics, slams and jams as her Oyster card will allow.

The ethos behind the artist: to take those great ideas, facts and philosophies away from dusty libraries and into the public sphere through the medium of spoken word.

The method: to take those crucial messages away from the essay, journal, book structure and transform them with rhythm, rhyme, beat and imagery into a literary piece that can both captivate and inform. She’s won the Hammer & Tongue Slam & the Genesis Poetry Slam

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