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Preview: Jazzverse Jukebox with Soweto Kinch

Sarah Ellen Hughes previews the Jazzverse Jukebox with Jumoke Fashola and Soweto Kinch on Sunday August 7th at Ronnie Scott’s

The Jazzverse Jukebox – a monthly event in Ronnie Scott’s upstairs bar – is a creation of singer and broadcaster Jumoké Fashola and her jazz trio, which is “designed to stimulate the senses, soothe the soul and energise the eardrums.”On Sunday 7th August, as part of the Brit Jazz Fest season, the event will migrate downstairs and join forces with the formidable talents of saxophonist/MC Soweto Kinch.

Soweto Kinch has been adorned with awards ever since he won the Montreux Jazz Saxophone competition in 2002. From then he has picked up three BBC jazz awards, two MOBOs and a Mercury Music Prize nomination for his album in 2003. Not bad for someone who is only just in his thirties, and originally studied Modern History at Oxford, hoping to become a journalist!

The rest of the show is packed full of some of the UK’s best singers and ‘spoken word artists,’ including Charlie Dark and Sh’maya, ranging in styles from pop to hip-hop and grime.

Then there’s the host – acclaimed singer, and award-winning radio and television broadcaster, Fashola has performed in every genre of singing perceivable, including solos in Handel’s Messiah and The Wizard of Oz. Her rich and mellow voice has a clear influence of gospel and a hint of the blues.

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