JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX SUNDAY 8TH JUNE 2014
YOU are invited to come & get your eardrums tickled by some of the freshest exponents of spoken word & jazz at the JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX on Sunday 8th June 2014. With live jazz trio & Open Mic. With cushions to lounge on, cocktails to imbibe & surprises, this is the one night not to miss!
Special Guests include:
Mr Gee / Indigo Williams / Tom Gill / Kareem Parkins-Brown plus with music from Rosie Adé
Plus Open Mic for poets/singers.
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Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola
Date: Sunday 8th June 2014
Location: Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs), 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
Show Times: Doors Open 6.30pm, Show from 8pm
Tickets: £8.00. (Available on the Door Only)
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square
Mr GEE (@mrgeepoet)
Mr Gee poet, comedian, musician and presenter. Most recently Gee presented new Radio 4 series, Poetic Justice, encouraging inmates to write poems that gave an intimate insight into prison life at different prisons across the UK. This came hot after the success of Radio 4 series Rhyme and Reason, 6 half hour interviews of rock and pop stars that aimed to demonstrate the direct influence that poets and poetry has had on some of the world’s most successful rock and pop musicians. Both these series gained recognition by being included on Radio 4’s Pick of The Week.
Gee hosted SONY award nominated series, 'Bespoken Word,' on Radio 4, the first BBC series dedicated to modern performance poetry. Gee is also a co-winner of a Sony Gold Award for Radio as the resident poet/comedian on the now defunct Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2. He has made appearances on Radio 4’s ‘Quote, Unquote’ and Saturday Live.
Today Gee is at the cutting edge of Underground poetry with regular Chill Pill nights at the Soho Theatre, Roundhouse and Albany. Gee is curator of these laid-back poetry nights where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest spoken word acts in the UK.
'Charming and politically articulate' The Times
INDIGO WILLIAMS (@Indigowilliams)
Indigo Williams is a poet, spoken word educator and the co-founder of I Shape Beauty.
After bursting on to the poetry scene in 2010, Indigo established herself as an artist who commands the stage with gripping presence and powerful poetry. With both substance and passion, her work is emotive and thought provoking.
She has performed at Tedx Brixton, BBC Radio 4’s Bespoken Word, Glastonbury Festival and is the winner of the 2012 New Generation slam. Indigo is one of 6 leading poets working full-time in a secondary school as part of the pioneering Spoken Word Educators programme in conjunction with Goldsmiths University.
TOM GILL (@TomGillUK)
Tom is an actor and emerging spoken word artist originally from Salford in Manchester. He was the winner of the 'Kate Tempest Hopelessly Devoted/Lyrical Fireworks' competition in association with Ideas Tap and Paines Plough, and has made a number of guest appearances at venues across the UK including Vault Festival (Nabakov Arts Club), Tricycle Theatre, and Wilderness Festival. With a variety of influences from John Cooper Clarke to The Streets, Tom's work is a blend of spoken word, rap & poetry occasionally mixed with beatbox and acoustic guitar. Other credits include Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Arcola Theatre & Manchester International Festival.
KAREEM PARKINS-BROWN (@KareemPBrown)
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Kareem Parkins-Brown is a Barbican Young Poet raised in North-West London, currently Studying Creative Writing & Theatre at Roehampton University. He starred in The Barbican & Boy Blue Entertainment's 'UNLEASHED' in 2012.
Kareem Brown 'manages to combine sensitivity and hard hitting wordplay with a style that feels intellectually challenging and raw all at the same time.' (Poejazzi)
ROSIE ADE @rosie_ade
Rosie Ade's musical adventures have seen her experimenting with vocal texture, sound, lyrics and style for a decade, and have taken her far and wide, performing at festivals (Big Feastival, Shoreditch, Spitalfields, Vintage, Montreux, North Sea), gigs (most recently to a sell-out audience at Bush Hall), busking (Olympics 2012) and everything in between. Over the years, she has also worked extensively in community music and educational settings as a vocalist and workshop leader – from Early Years to adult Community Choirs, for organisations such as The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Spitalifelds Music, ARK Schools, Trinity Laban, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and various community choirs. Rosie Ade's debut EP entered the iTunes singer-songwriter chart at number 7 in October 2012 and since then she's been making waves and gaining a steady following with her catchy, soulful, jazz-tinged melodies and sweet yet soulful voice. Various projects are in the pipeline for 2014, with her songwriting taking a new direction, and also a Jazz EP planned for later this year... watch this space!
1. About Jazz Verse Jukebox (@jazzversejukebo)
The monthly JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX has been described as "the perfect jazz poetry party" (Michael Horovitz). It's where established and upcoming spoken word poets & singers gather to share their artistry. The brainchild of broadcaster & vocalist Jumoké Fashola, held Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Soho, features an amazing line-up of artistes continuing the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz and performance poetry, plus a unique ‘jukebox’ OPEN MIC allowing the audience to showcase their skills of jazz improvisation or spoken word.
3. About JUMOKE FASHOLA (@jumokefashola)
Jumoké is the creator and host of the monthly Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs) London. She currently presents Inspirit with Jumoké Fashola, BBC London 94.9’s Sunday Breakfast magazine programme (5.30am – 9am). She presented The Ronnie Scott's Radio Show on Jazz FM. Other radio credits include, Late Show (BBC London 94.9fm) You and Yours (Radio 4) Pause for Thought (Radio 2), Everywoman (BBC World Service), Good Morning Sunday (Radio 2). Her TV credits include the Holiday Programme (BBC1), Summer Holiday (BBC1) Summer Praise (BBC1). Jumoké has sung most musical forms from Handel to Gershwin to Gospel to Bernstein, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the London Arena. Her solo repertoire comprises an edgy blend of jazz, R&B and soul, eloquently expressed and dynamically delivered. Time Out Magazine describes her as a “Head-spinningly versatile singer". Her debut album, ‘The Condition of Being A Woman’ was released in Feb 2014.