The Jazz Verse Jukebox, a monthly night of spoken word and Jazz, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s, is something I am really proud to have created. I have loved poetry all my life. When my family moved from England back to Nigeria, I became fascinated by Franco African poets such as Rabearivelo and Senghor and Harlem Renaissance poets like Langston Hughes. I dreamt of having a literary salon where people would come and share poetry, meet new people and listen to great music. Dreams do come true! With the support and belief of Ronnies Scott’s Jazz Club and all the poets and musicians that have performed, The Jazz Verse Jukebox is approaching its 6th birthday next month.
Tonight, Sunday 8th March, we are focusing on International Women’s day. We’ve got female poets and musicians from around the globe - singer Edana Minghella, poet Toni Stuart, the mighty Burn After Reading poetry collective represented by Sunayana Bhargava, Belinda Zhawi, Shoshana Anderson, Amaal Said;and singer-songwriter Flynn.
The fabulous Jazz Verse Jukebox Trio featuring Simon Wallace on piano, Davide Mantovani on bass and Steve Taylor on drums, will take up the challenge of musical improvisation. Only at the Jazz Verse Jukebox do poets ask the band to play something that sounds ‘philosophical’, ‘like water’ or ‘something you would hear whilst getting a massage’. Don’t believe me? Try this video
And there are even open mic slots for singers and poets. It will be a night of sound, words and surprises. I do hope you can join us.
Special guests on March 8th include:
- TONI STUART (@nomadpoet)
- With music from EDANA MINGHELLA (@edanaming)
- With Poetry from BURN AFTER READING (BAR) Collective (@BARpoetry)
- With Music from FLYNN (@flynn_sings)
LINK: Jazz Verse Jukebox on the web