The Jazz Verse Jukebox - 8 on the door

The Jazz Verse Jukebox - 8 on the door

The Jazz Verse Jukebox - 8 on the door

Selected performance:
Sunday 9th June



Join us for an alternative poetic Valentine at the Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs) on Sunday 8th February 2015, with the crème de la crème of the UK’s spoken word scene.

Featuring Salena Godden - 'The doyenne of the spoken word scene', Sabrina Mahfouz - “wrapped up in a compelling narrative…she speaks lyrically and powerfully” R.A. Villanueva - “poetry unabashedly sinewy, and uncannily, the more sinewy, the more soulful” and Amy Acre -“writes with undeleted Internet history, spillt whiskey on the tabletop and lipstick on collars” With music from Bird Radio - “a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation...” With music from Jumoké Fashola - “...A jazz vocalist who takes risks... a real coup de théâtre”

With live band and Open Mic for poets/singers.



Compered by & with music from Jumoké Fashola

Date: SUNDAY 8th February 2015
Location: Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs), 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
Show Times: Doors Open 6.30pm, Show from 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.00. (Available on the Door Only)
Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square

Special guests include:

Salena Godden (@salenagodden)


Salena Godden is a British poet, performer and author living in London. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Dazed & Confused, Salzburg Review, Le Gun, Penguin's IC3, Canongate's Fire People, Serpent's Tail's Croatian Nights and Hodder & Stoughton's Oral. Godden records and performs in the ska-punk-breakbeat duo SaltPeter, with Peter Coyte. SaltPeter's album, Hunger's The Best Sauce was listed in The Independent on Sunday as one of the outstanding albums of 2007.[1] She also participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty-Six, for which she wrote a piece based on a chapter of the King James Bible. She wrote and presented BBC radio documentary 'Try A Little Tenderness – The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks' originally aired throughout May 2014 on BBC Radio 4 and then broadcast on the BBC World Service in September 2014. 'Fishing in The Aftermath / Poems 1994 - 2014' a collection of over eighty poems was published in July 2014 with Burning Eye Books. 'Springfield Road' is her literary memoir and it was successfully crowd funded and published by Unbound on October 1st 2014. Springfield Road is set in Hastings.

R.A.Villanueva (@caesura)


R.A.Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is also the winner of the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry.

A finalist for the Beatrice Hawley and Kinereth Gensler Awards and a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize, additional honors include fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review, and scholarships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Recent poems have been nominated for The Pushchart Prize and anthologized in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University and New York University.

He formerly served as the Poetry Editor of Washington Square and co-curator of Experiments & Disorders, a performance series at Dixon Place devoted to new poetic forms. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn and London.

Sabrina Mahfouuz (@SabrinaMahfouz)


Sabrina Mahfouz  is currently the Poet in Residence for Cape Farewell, an organisation that provides a cultural response to climate change. She is an Associate Artist alumni at the Bush Theatre in London; a Writer at Liberty for the UK civil rights charity LIBERTY and the Creative Director of poetry production company P.O.P.

She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper on the executive board of the London hub. Sabrina studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, receiving her MA in International Politics and Diplomacy and at King’s College, University of London, receiving her BA (Hons) in Classics and English Literature.

Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards.  Most recently, these include receiving a 2014 Fringe First Award; the 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award; a UK Young Artists Award; The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 nomination; an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her first book, The Clean Collection, is available from Bloomsbury.

Amy Acre (@copyslut)


Amy Acre
is a freelance writer and performer from London. The things she perform are mostly poems. She also write stories, some of which she performs, and ad copy, which someone else performs. Her first pamphlet of poems, Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads, will be out in the new year with Flipped Eye Publishing. She’s been London Bridge tube station’s Poet in Residence, opened for Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, hosted a poetry game show in Tooting Market, performed in a balaclava as Anti-Slam alter-ego Love Terrorist, written and staged collaborative poems with Dirty Hands poetry collective, won Best Slam Poet of 2011 at the Farrago Zoo Awards, received commendations from Magma and South Bank Poetry and been on the radio a few times.She has had work published in Poetry Review, Popshot, Rising, Poems in Which, South Bank Poetry and Rhyming Thunder: The Alternative Book of Young Poets. Since July 2012, she’s run and hosted a London poetry night called Sage & Time with Anna Le and Richard Marsh. She has performed at Latitude, Secret Garden Party, the Edinburgh Fringe, Ronnie Scott’s, Bang Said the Gun and in hundreds of pubs, bars and fields across the UK. And in a two-man tent.

With music from BIRD RADIO


Bird Radio is multi-instrumentalist Mikey Kirkpatrick who performs and records original songs using vocals, guitars, flutes, loops, effects and a suitcase bass drum. Described on different occasions as "A mix of old testament preacher and Captain Beefheart..." (, “a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation...” (Rick Pearson, Evening Standard), “… future medieval, as if J.G. Ballard had written The Wicker Man” (Steve Chandra Savale, Asian Dub Foundation) and “…stirring beats and complex gothic flute arrangments in modern Anglo-Saxon folk music style, Brel-inspired chanson, or Kurt Weill-sounding theatrical music…” (Nöjesguiden, Sweden) Bird Radio draws from primordial folk, blues and ritualistic sound to create powerful songs that combine the ancient art of storytelling with rousing and hypnotic beats and rhythms. Bird Radio has performed at over 100 venues, nationally and internationally, including Union Chapel, Cecil Sharp House, Café Oto, Purcell Room, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain. He has composed music for experimental films and performance, been a featured artist on BBC radio, Resonance FM and WFMU in New York, received the "Knap O Howar" arts award in 2012, the Aldeburgh Music Open Space Residency 2013/14 and released his first studio album “The Boy and the Audience” shortly followed by the “Time to Go” Film Trilogy on 7th October 2013 with SFE/Cherry Red Records.

With music from
JUMOKE FASHOLA (@jumokefashola)



Jumoké Fashola 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. She 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. 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).
“…A jazz vocalist who takes risks…” ★★★★ Peter Quinn, Jazzwise June 2014

“Fashola offers irresistible entertainment, her performance outstanding as cabaret MC as well as singer. Hers is an essential vision of great songs from one of the ever-moving cultural frontiers of jazz”

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