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Date(s) - 22/03/2019
12:00 am - 11:00 pm

Hoxton Hall


The Jazz Verse Jukebox continues its new season at Hoxton Hall on Friday 22nd March 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.

Performances from:

D’BI YOUNG ANITAFRIKA  (@dbiyoung) From touring the world as a Dubpoet, to curating international residencies for artists in the Caribbean, North and South America, Africa and Europe, to being heralded as a Woman of Distinction in the Arts, the creative endeavors of African Jamaican Canadian D’bi Young Anitafrika are globally celebrated. A triple Dora award-winning published playwright-performer (of nine plays, seven books and seven Dub Poetry albums), director-dramaturge and educator-scholar, Anitafrika is also the creator of the intersectional Black feminist praxis — the Anitafrika Method. She is the founding Artistic Director Emeritus of the Watah Theatre where she taught emerging and established BIQTPOC artists in Canada (2008-2018) and the founding Creative Director of the Anitafrika Retreat Centre where she teaches artists globally. Anitafrika recently signed a three-year publishing deal with Playwrights Canada Press to release one triptych per year: The Sankofa Trilogy 2019, The Orisha Trilogy 2020, and The Ibeji Trilogy 2021. Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and the human experience, through her radical interdisciplinary arts practices, Anitafrika is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, researching the Praxes, Politics and Pedagogies of Black Performance, the Anitafrika Method and Dub Theatre.

MARK  GWYNNE JONES (@psychicbread) Well known for mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge, Mark Gwynne Jones mixes humour and poignancy with great skill. A guest of BBC Radio 4’s and a favourite of Radio 3’s Late Junction, his shows have won five festival fringe awards for Best Spoken Word. Wondermentalist Cabaret As resident poet in four of London’s parks, Mark explored what is meant by ‘common ground’ in C21st Britain. And with musicians Psychicbread, Mark was commissioned to write and record a collection of poems for his native Peak District, Lyric in Limestone. He has published five collections of poetry and has appeared in numerous anthologies. Reviewing his collection Psychicbread , Vicki Holman declared it: ‘contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive.’ In 2015, Mark toured southern India, and later the UK, with Indian poet and playwright Mamta Sagar.

ANNETTE WALKER (@AnnetteWalkeruk) Annette Walker is one of the leading exponents of a new generation of tap dancers taking the stage with grace, style, and above all, rhythm. She performs as a freelance hoofer and often collaborates with jazz musicians and bands as well as other tap dancers. Annette enjoys improvising and is queen of the Renegade Stage at the regular London Tap Jam. Annette has performed in numerous cabarets, festivals and special concerts such as Turned on Tap which was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Annette has also appeared on television with tap group AboutTime. In theatre Annette represented the tap dance character “Master Juba” in the Fittings Multimedia Arts production of Master Juba, The Wonder of the World. In another theatre production, Edmund the Learned Pig, Annette played the role of “Aeriella” which included acting, tap dancing, aerial silks, drumming, singing and basic sign language.

More guests to be announced.