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LONDON N1: Jazz Verse Jukebox 24th March 2017

Date: Friday 24 March, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Price: £9.00
Venue address:
Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH

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Tickets £9.00
The eclectic JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX continues its spring season at Hoxton Hall on Friday 24th March.
Described as “the perfect jazz poetry party” (Michael Horovitz), the JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX continues the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word. 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 a 'Jukebox' Open Mic for poets & singers. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.
The Jazz Verse Jukebox on Friday 24th March features:

Greta Bellamacina (@grbellamacina)
Greta Bellamacina is a poet and film maker. Her first collection ‘Kaleidoscope’ was published in 2011. In 2014 she was short-listed as the Young Poet Laureate of London. In 2015 she edited ‘On Love: Contemporary British Love Poetry’ a survey of British love poetry from Ted Hughes until now. In 2016 she published her second collection ‘Perishing Tame’- a “dazzling and frank meditation on motherhood, female identity and love.” She regularly performs her poems internationally, including readings at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and The Groucho Club in London.  Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine says Greta, " is garnering critical acclaim for her way with words and her ability to translate the classic poetic form into the contemporary creative landscape."
‘Greta Bellamacina is the poet, writer and filmmaker who is revolutionising the way we look at poetry and the moving image in the 21st century.’--I-D Magazine

Dante Micheaux (@AmorousShepherd)
Dante Micheaux is the author of Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). His poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, PN Review, The American Poetry Review, and Callaloo—among other journals and anthologies. He has been shortlisted for the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. Micheaux’s honors include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation. 
'In poems of controlled elegance, crossed with passion, Micheaux reminds us that desire may well destroy us, but it can also allow us to "heal the anguish in each other."' --Carl Phillips

Paul Lyalls (@PaulLyalls)
Paul Lyalls' work is funny, fast-moving, hip, accessible, rhythmic, clever and real. He was the 2013/2014 Poet in residence at the Roald Dahl Museum. As a performance poet and spoken word artist, Paul has gigged 10 Edinburgh Festivals and many prestigious venues in cities as diverse as New York to Belfast and often in many unusual places including Arsenal FC's dressing room, a No73 bus to a variety of shops in the N1 London Shopping Centre. In 2008 he was Poet for the London Borough of Brent, becoming the first poet to perform at the New Wembley stadium. Paul presented and starred alongside former World Poetry Slam Champion Kat Francois in the BBC/CBBC television programme 'The Big Slam Poetry House’. In 2015 Paul spent a year as Poet in Residence for the Museum of Oxford visiting schools, performing and working with the public and writing an official poem for the city 'We didn't start the shire'. In 2016 he was one of the poets in residence in the acclaimed Spine festival showcase & poet in residence at Thornhill Primary School (6th year in a row) as well as at Heartlands Secondary.
A gifted poet... his work is witty, well constructed and well delivered. --The Stage

Sh’maya is a Brixton-based poet making fresh waves through London’s spoken word and slam scene. His writing is filled with deep spiritual honesty, jazz rhythms and tales of the city. He has performed alongside the greats of London’s Poetry and Jazz scene and beyond; in 2012 he was part of the winning London entry in the UK’s National Team Poetry Slam. He is the author of The Transfiguration Cycle which uses verse, story, graphic design, music and poet-commentary to travel the journey of The Transfiguration Cycle.

And music from
Amy Fitz Doyley (@AmyFitzDoyley)
After spending the past year performing & writing as a part of various collectives and supporting the likes of Gregory Porter, Roy Aires and Public Enemy in concert (Mostly Jazz Festival Birmingham, 2015), Amy is now forging her way forward as a solo artist in her own right.
She has previously been described as a “one woman musical army” and uses an intuitive approach to music making; experimenting with a variety of different instruments and sounds – all without preconceived ideas or expectations of the final product. Motivated by the desire to hone her creative songwriting & composing skills she is currently working on a debut album or 'body of work' to be released on her own record label and shared with audiences in times to come.
The melancholy, the voice and lyrics to me, stretch right back to the likes of Bessie Smith and Billie Holliday.--Wandsworth Radio


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