Northern Spy Jazz@Inkwell Fri May 22

Northern SpyMichael Bates: Northern Spy

Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and you’re sure to get caught up in the excitement.  They’ll be playing at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling St & Lefferts Ave, on Friday, May 22, from 7-9 pm.

Northern Spy veers happily between wide-open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. Michael Bates on double bass, Michael  Blake on saxophone and Jeremy “Bean” Clemons on drums play with intensity and fire, manhandling the blues into unexpected musical

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$5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts. Enjoy some great music and be part of the community at the Inkwell this Friday night. Craft beer, wine, and liquors available, plus good eats.

May 15th – Etchings by Richard Lubell – Tugboat Local Artist Series

Please join us for the latest opening at Tugboat Tea Company
546 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225

Friday, May 15th – 6-9pm

About the Artist:

Mr. Lubell is a widely collected printmaker who resides with his wife Selena on Rutland Road in our Lefferts Manor community. He specializes in the etching processes of aquatint and chine colee ( a rice paper collage). Over the past fifteen years he has worked at several printmaking studios in the New York City region, working with leading figures including, Bob Blackburn, Claudio Vaurez, Jan Carlisle, Michael Pelliteri, Laurie Ourlicht, and Vijay Kumar, amongst others.

The theme of this show at Tugboat focuses on scenes drawn from our neighborhood and the pageant of life around Prospect Park. Fourteen framed etchings will be displayed.

Our neighbors in Brooklyn walk, thrive, play, chat, and flirt among the ubiquitous brownstones and parkland of this unique urban village. Although we often can’t see their faces of his subjects, their gestures and movement reveal their universal joy and struggle

In addition to his etchings of the city and parks, Mr. Lubell is also well regarded for his portrayal of the sea, sailing and beaches, in a wide collection of editions drawn from the coasts of our Brooklyn shoreline.

Also, his etchings of Caribbean life are drawn from the Jamaican hillside country of his wife’s native land. The editions remind the viewer of a nostalgic time when life in the islands was simpler and working the fields was more honored.

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May 10, 1-3 pm, at Parkside Plaza: Michael-David Gordon Quartet

michael-david_gordonThe Michael-David Gordon Quartet initiates the Second Sundays in Summer, a series of  free performances sponsored by PLG Arts and the Inkwell Jazz Cafe. Concerts and performances in this series take place the second Sunday each month from May through September.

Second Sundays in Summer is part of the regular programming at the new, public Parkside Plaza, corner of Parkside and Ocean avenues, where you’ll be greeted by flowers, trees, tables, and chairs.

Michael-David Gordon explores pop, standards, and R&B, drawing on his experience singing with the Temptations and fronting his band at Dervish in Times Square. With music from Cee Lo Green to Duke Ellington to Bruno Mars to Otis Redding, his vibe is accessible, funky, swinging—and always fun!
Michael-David Gordon, vocals; Logan Thomas, piano; Pierre Morquart, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums.

Jon Menges Quartet at Inkwell May 8, 7-9 pm

Jon Menges
Jon Menges

Jon Menges has arrived in New York, and it’s time to welcome this talented young trumpeter, composer, and arranger who delighted audiences in Chicago for many years.

We’re pleased to announce that this performance is part of the 16th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Jazz Festival

Mixing fresh and lively takes on popular composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter with those of jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, the Jon Menges Quartet wins the hearts of audiences who like their music served up with style.

Presenting a large repertoire of classic jazz tunes and original works, the group can create smooth, romantic moods or get you on your feet with all styles of swing, Latin, and contemporary jazz.

Here’s the stellar lineup for the Jon Menges Quartet, which will be playing his arrangements:
Jon Menges–trumpet
Mike Fahie–trombone
Dave Ambrosio–bass
Robert Weiss–drums

For a sample of Jon Menges’s music: click here!

Please join us for an exciting evening when the Jon Menges Quartet performs at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

Your $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts!


Fri Apr 24 Jazz@Inkwell 7-9 pm

seeberAaron Seeber at the Inkwell

408 Rogers Ave, betw Sterling & Lefferts

Aaron Seeber, a drummer living in Brooklyn, is a graduate of SUNY Purchase, where he studied jazz drums. As a performer, Aaron has had the opportunity to share the stage with Gary Smulyan, Butch Warren, Brian Lynch, and many others. Aaron performs around the country with various bands, including his own, which includes Alex Hoffman, tenor saxophone; Emanuele Basentini, guitar; and Dean Torrey, bass.

Karl McIntosh – Mask Sculptures @ Gratitude Cafe

PLG Arts presents its first show at Gratitude Cafe (499 Rogers Ave., @ Midwood Street.
The opening reception for a show of Karl McIntosh’s beautiful mask sculptures will be tomorrowApril 22nd, from 6:008:00 PM; please join us as we inaugurate our shows at this venue.
Shows continue at Tugboat Tea Company on Flatbush Avenue–look for a new show of prints by Rich Lubell, starting next week.

About the artist:

Karl A. McIntosh’s work have been exhibited at numerous venues across the country including Dorsey’s Art Gallery, The Skylight Gallery, MoCada (The Museum of Contemporary Diasporian Art), 843 Gallery, The National Black Fine Art Show, Color: The Chicago Black Fine Art Exposition, The Fulton Art Fair, The George Washington Carver Gallery, The Red Piano Too (St. Helena SC), McIntosh is also proud to add the Brooklyn Museum to his already impressive list. He was mentioned in the April 16th, 2004 edition of the New York Times in an article in connection with “Open House” the Brooklyn Museum exhibition. Some call McIntosh a folk artist, others call him primitive, some say he’s an “outside” the mainstream artist, but what ever the title, most would probably agree that an apt description of McIntosh is that he is simply a genius.

“Fingers” DelRey at Jazz @the Inkwell Friday, 3/27, 7-9 pm

fingers_2Combining Chicago and New Orleans style boogie-woogie barrelhouse piano reminiscent of Dr. John, Otis Span, and James Booker, gospel/R&B harmonies, and moody, worldly-wise lyrics laden with humor and sensuality–kind of Mose Alison meets Pete Johnson meets Tom Waits. This incarnation of the group will feature piano, harmonica, and 3 singers.

Check them out at here for a preview.

That’s this Friday, March 27, 7-9 pm, please join us for an exciting evening of music when Fingers DelRey and the band perform at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

Your $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts!

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Vistas at Jazz @the Inkwell 3-13-15

Don’t let Friday the 13th bug you! It’s good news for music fans, with the Vistas Quartet coming our way. We especially like it when there’s a vocalist with the group.

Vistas performs a grooving, improvised exploration of American jazz, pop, blues and gospel. This collaboration between bassist Bob Gingery and vocalist Brenda Fair presents a different take on familiar songs.

Rounded out by Leonard Thompson on piano and Joe Abba on drums, two longtime veterans of the NYC scene, the music is at once adventurous and accessible, a stirring journey through some of the best music of the last year, decade and century.

So…Friday, March 13, 7-9 pm, please join us for an exciting evening of music when the Vistas Quartet perform at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts Avenue and Sterling Street.

Try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers. Check out the music ahead of time, too, here.

Your $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts!

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P(LG)erfect Storm, photographs by Anton Gold @ Tugboat Tea

Please join us for the opening of Anton Gold’s show @ Tugboat Tea

Jan 10  – 6-9pm
546 Flatbush Ave

I have been living, loving and photographing PLG for over 11 years and I still get the same buzz as I did in 2003 when I go out on my night shoots around the neighborhood. The heart of my texhnique is trying to see PLG for the first time every day I shoot here.

Inhabitants of PLG are so fortunate to live in such a vibrant and fun-loving environment. If a photograph is a production of light, then on face value I can capture an image in PLG, on any given day as beautiful as anywhere on earth.
  • All 12″ X 12″ prints are limited edition series with a maximum of 25 and are $240
  • All 36″ 224″ prints are limited editions series with a maximum of 50 and are $600
other sizes available on request

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