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!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org

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. www.aaronseeber.com

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!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org
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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!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org
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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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Friday, Jan 9, Jazz @the Inkwell 7-9 pm

nickandcarol_smallNew York native Nick Moran holds a BFA in jazz performance from the City College of New York. Bandleader Moran fronts his own trio in venues such as the NY Bahá’i Center, the Brooklyn Museum and the Bar Next Door. Jazz Music writes: “His exceptional composing ability and fertile writer’s imagination are reflected in a playing style that is transparent in its articulation, logical, devoid of trite cliches.”

Carol Leven began her career in musical theater and has worked extensively in New York City for more than two decades. She has studied with some of the greatest vocal legends, including Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy. Leven excels at writing fresh melodies and witty lyrics, plus producing innovative arrangements in a variety of genres, including Motown, the Great American Songbook, pop, blues and jazz standards. Listeners open their ears and minds to music that is vibrant, original, and intimate.
  “A wonderful talent and a fine singer,” said world-renowned vocalist Sheila Jordan of Carol Leven. She joins guitarist Nick Moran for a night of song, both standard and popular. They combine voice, percussion, 7-string guitar and live looping to create a sound that’s rich, surprising and fun.

 

Click here to sample some of Nick’s music and here for some of Carol’s. Enjoy!

 

Be sure to join us Friday, January 9, 7-9 pm, for an exciting evening of music when Nick & Carol perform at the

Ink Well Cafe
408 Rogers Ave
between Lefferts Ave and Sterling St.
Try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

Your $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts! Come and meet your neighbors, hear some fine music, and support the arts all at once.

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org
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Nick and Carol @the Inkwell January 9

“A wonderful talent and a fine singer,” says world-renowned vocalist Sheila Jordan of Carol Leven. She joins PLG guitarist Nick Moran for a night of song, both standard and popular. They combine voice, percussion, 7-string guitar and live looping to create a sound that’s rich, surprising and fun.

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$5 suggested donation supports the performers and PLG Arts.
The Inkwell is located at 408 Rogers Avenue, between Lefferts Avenue and Sterling Street.

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