PLG Arts presents a live performance of an original radio drama, “The Lonely Hearts Case,” on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 4:30 pm. This family-friendly staged reading will feature many artists local to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Address: Inkwell Jazz and Comedy Club, 408 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY (between Sterling and Lefferts)
Founded by drummer Jerry Griffin, the Jerram Original Network Band started as Network, playing blues and R&B, working with Martha and the Vandellas, Freddie King, Sun Ra, Bobby Rush, and Willie Mabon. The trio now includes bassist Tyler Mitchell (Tyler Mitchell Live at Small’s), who has performed with drummer Art Taylor, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, George Coleman, and Sun Ra; and guitarist John Davis, who has worked with Don Ayler, Sun Ra Arkestra, and William Hooker.
The Jerram Original Network Band plays this Friday, June 24, at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling St & Lefferts Ave.
$5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.
Please join us for an evening of great music from 7:30-9:39, Friday, June 24.
Wataru Uchida writes original tunes influenced by his East Asian sensibility for music and advanced jazz harmony. Wataru studied saxophone and composition with Chico Freeman, a saxophonist who worked with McCoy Tyner for many years. Wataru’s new album is Predawn Shenanigans Club, and he has been performing at NYC clubs. The quartet features Wataru Uchida , tenor sax; Yago Vazquez, keyboard; Kim Clarke, bass; and Lucianna Padmore, drums. www.wataruuchida.com
Wataru Uchida Quartet performs at the Inkwell this Friday, June 10, 7:30-9:30 pm.
The Inkwell is at 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling St and Rogers Ave.
$5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.
Bob Gingery Trio at the Inkwell Friday, May 27, 7:30-9:30 pm
Bassist Bob Gingery will be performing trio with vocalist/pianist Julie Milgram and saxophonist Hashem Assadulahi at the Inkwell Cafe. This new project brings a fresh perspective to the Great American Songbook and is informed by pop, blues and Latin music. Gingery’s debut album, Traveler (Fresh Sound New Talent Records), has been been met with many positive reviews. His second album, Kittyhawk, will be released by Fresh Sound New Talent records in the summer of 2016. “intelligent debut …The eight originals are melodic and nuanced …” – DownBeat Magazine
The Inkwell Cafe is at 408 Rogers Ave, between Sterling St & Lefferts Ave
Food and drink available.
$5 suggested donation supports the artists and PLG Arts.
The Yuma Uesaka Quartet performs this Friday at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Avenue, between Sterling St and Lefferts Avenue. The Brooklyn-based improvising ensemble draws inspiration from a vast array of musical idioms, including jazz, classical, African, Indian, and experimental music. Featuring the original works of Yuma, the music freely navigates between visceral improvisational interplay and highly detailed compositional elements. Joining Yuma are Alex Levine on guitar, Sam Weber on bass, and Itay Morchi on drums.
Yuma Uesaka is a saxophonist hailing from Detroit, Michigan, known for his ability to ”suss out some powerful moments from his gentle lyricism” (Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm). Yuma is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied under Geri Allen, Robert Hurst, Andrew Bishop, and Ellen Rowe. He has performed in festivals across the US and Asia, including the Detroit Jazz Festival and Shanghai Jiao Tong University International Music Festival.
Italian saxophonist and composer Nicoletta Manzini has performed throughout Europe with her own group and as a member of the Steve Grossman Quintet. She recently moved to New York, where she made her last recording with her trio, including bassist Tyler Mitchell and drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi. For her show at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Avenue between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave., on April 8, Nicoletta will be joined by Tyler Mitchell on bass and Bernard Linnette on drums, playing a selection of standards and original compositions.
The trio will play two sets, from 7:30-9:30. Food and drink available. $5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.
For Trees & Birds is a NYC-based band made up of Jasper Dutz (alto sax, bass clarinet), Lee Meadvin (guitar), Chris Gaskell (upright bass), and Connor Parks (drums). They play original improvisational music rooted in the jazz idiom and influenced by alternative rock and the avant-garde. Think Dolphy meets Bjork in a “choir over groove” setting and you’re almost there.
This Friday, March 25, 7:30-9:30 pm, join us for an exciting evening of music when For Trees and Birds perform at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.
Leopoldo Fleming was Nina Simone’s percussion player for more than 30 years. He also played with Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Novella Nelson, Randy Weston, Leon Thomas, Archie Shepp, David Murray and Jim Pepper, among others. Leopoldo has also played and recorded with Edith Lettner in Vienna, where he lived from 1987 to 1998.
Austrian saxophonist and composer Edith Lettner has performed with musicians from all over the world. After numerous stays in Senegal and Armenia, she now regularly commutes between Vienna and Brooklyn. Her passion for improvisation makes her an incredibly versatile jazz and world musician. She also has composed music for theater and film.
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!
PLG Arts Meet-The-Author Series at the Inkwell Cafe
Stephanie Clifford presentsEverybody Rise; Helen Phillips presentsThe Beautiful Bureaucrat
The PLG Arts Meet-the-Author series features writers who live in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and other neighborhoods, reading from their work. Lively discussions with authors are followed by book signings. Greenlight Bookstore has joined PLG Arts in supporting this series, featuring some of our favorite authors!
Stephanie Clifford, a Loeb-award-winning reporter at The New York Times, was until recently a Metro reporter covering federal and state courts in Brooklyn, media, and New York City; she’ll present her debut novel Everybody Rise. Stephanie grew up in Seattle and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son andtwo cats.Everybody Riseis her first book.
Helen Phillips is the author of the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book, and the collection And Yet They Were Happy, named a notable collection by The Story Prize. Her work has appeared on Selected Shorts and in Tin House and The New York Times. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize. An assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children. Her story collection Some Possible Solutions is forthcoming in May 2016.
Greenlight will offer books for sale, and authors will sign after their presentation. Drinks are available for purchase.
Michael LeMorin’s music blends the tropical grooves of Brazil and the Caribbean—reggae, konpa, samba, bossa nova—with jazz. Evocative lyrics in French, English, and Haitian Creole speak to both mind and heart. His latest album, Pawòl (Word), is representative of this sonic cocktail.
Michael LeMorin Quartet will be playing on January 8 from 7:30-9:30 pm: Michael LeMorin, guitar and vocals; Russel-Madden, tenor sax; Stuart Grant, bass; and Andreas Brade, drums. Join us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave. $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.