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Groove Verse combines the best of the improvised jazz scene with the most exciting spoken word artists in the country - for a night of entertainment like no other.

Our mission is simple. Bring Spoken Word to a mainstream audience. How do you do that? The answer is music. In our case improvised music.

The night is all about creation - and the jeopardy that it could all go wrong. Importantly, however, we bring a band made up of serious musicians, the likes of which have played on some of the biggest stages in the world, alongside some of the biggest artists in the world - including Celeste, Arlo Parks, Rex Orange County, Kwaku Asante + more!

It's all about the moment. Poets can request certain things in real-time from the band, or get up and do their thing and let the band fill in behind them.

We encourage our poets to give some context before starting their pieces. This not only helps the audience follow along but also gives the band hints as to what texture and tone to use to complement the performance.

The result? A night of never-to-be-repeated moments of musical mayhem and lyrical wizardry. And so far we've sold out EVERY SHOW we've ever put on in both London and Manchester.

So grab yourself a ticket to our next show, and come see what all of the fuss is about.

Meet the team

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Henry Beckwith

Founder and Host

Henry (a.k.a Ted Temple) founded Groove Verse in 2021. A spoken word artist himself, he appeared on Sky Art's Bafta Award-winning show Life & Rhymes Season 2. He produces and hosts the show, as well as running the marketing, content creation and social media output.

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James Booth

Head of Partnerships

James joined Groove Verse in 2022 and takes the lead on securing and managing brand sponsorships, as well as seeking funding so Groove Verse can continue to grow the fanbase of spoken word, providing a much needed platform for artists to showcase their talent.

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