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Date(s) - 22/02/2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hoxton Hall


The Jazz Verse Jukebox continues its new season with a ‘Ones to Watch’ special at Hoxton Hall on Friday 22nd February 2019, featuring an eclectic line-up of guests. Continuing the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word, The Jazz Verse Jukebox is a thrilling night of diverse spoken word and improvisational jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene. Plus, a unique Jukebox Open Mic presents the chance for audience members to perform poetry or sing with the band. Hosted by & with music from Jumoké Fashola.

‘The house band are the absolute kings of improvisation. For a mix of jazz & spoken word, the Jazz Verse Jukebox and Jumoké Fashola outshines them all’. Time Out London

With Poetry from:

RAYMOND ANTROBUS (@RaymondAntrobus)

One of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word Education, Hackney born Raymond Antrobus is a founding member of Chill Pill and Keats House Poets Forum. Raymond’s poems have been widely published in publications from Poetry Review to New Statesman and he has performed his works at such high profile events as Glastonbury and Latitude. In 2018 he was awarded ‘The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize’, for his poem ‘Sound Machine’ and is the author of notable works ‘Shapes & Disfigurements’, ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ and ‘The Perseverance’ which won him the accolades of PBS Winter Choice and The Guardian Poetry Book of the Year. Live, he is a champion of several prestigious slam events and has made appearances on BBC2, Radio 4 and Sky Arts. Raymond currently divides his time between London and Kingston, Jamaica.

MARGO BERDESHEVSKY (@berdeshevsky)

Margo Berdeshevsky was born in New York City, but now lives and writes in Paris.  Published by Glass Lyre Press in 2017, her most recent collection of poetry, “Before the Drought” was shortlisted for the National Poetry Series finals. She has released several volumes of work including “Between Soul & Stone” and “But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press) and her illustrated book of short stories, “Beautiful Soon Enough” earned her the first Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award.  Margo’s work appears throughout a variety of prestigious American, UK and European journals and she may be found reading from her books in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and other exciting places.  Her regular “Letters from Paris” may be found in Poetry International.

For our annual ‘Ones to Watch’ special, we present two of the most striking voices from the Barbican Young Poets programme:


GABRIEL AKAMO (@GabrielAkamo)

Gabriel Akamo is a Nigerian-British poet, actor, facilitator and creative producer based in London. In his teens he became one of The Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors in 2011 and has since delivered his work throughout the UK and worked with numerous organisations and venues including Rich Mix, Roundhouse, WIRED Next Generation, Southbank Centre, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Royal Academy of Arts. He is a Barbican Young Poet, member of the National Youth Theatre and a former Roundhouse Resident Artist (2016-17) Collective and has performed at such high profile festivals as Lovebox, Bestival and Kometa in Riga, Latvia. As a multi-disciplinary practitioner, Gabriel’s work often leads him beyond poetry and performance, often drawing upon his theatre and academic background.


ELEANOR PENNY (@eleanorkpenny)

An established editor by profession, Eleanor Penny is also making herself known as an essayist, poet and broadcaster. Her compositions have appeared through numerous outlets including Novara Media, Red Pepper, openDemocracyUK, Huck, The LRB Blog, the iPaper and Real Life. As a broadcaster, she appears on Al Jazeera and Novara FM, co-hosts the New Statesman politics podcast The Sisterhood and regularly gives talks at venues including the British Library and ICA. Eleanor is also an alumnus of the Barbican Young Poets programme, a former Writer-in-Residence at Housmans Bookshop and produces and hosts poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World.

And Music From:

ROSIE FRATER – TAYLOR (@rfratertaylor)

Rosie Frater-Taylor has been honing her craft as a musician, songwriter and jazz guitarist from a very young age. Now only 19, she began her musical journey with courses at Tomorrow’s Warriors and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and by taking part in workshops at London’s Roundhouse. In 2016, Rosie won an Award for Young Musicians and by 2017 reached the final of the BBC Inspire Composers competition. Last year saw Rosie release her debut album On My Mind to critical acclaim. Rosie Frater-Taylor currently attends the Royal Academy of Music performs with dynamic North London based duo Frater and Taylor as well as Ella Hohnen-Ford’s Tree climbers.