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Jazz at KD’s Friday, Oct 14: 7:30

Michael Vitali Trio
Michael Vitali Trio

The members of the Michael Vitali Trio hail from all corners of the globe. A working band on the NYC jazz scene since 2011, Justin Wert, Yuka Tadano, and Michael Vitali share a rare chemistry. Their original compositions and unusual approach to the American songbook serve as vehicles for adventurous improvisations.

Check out their music here. Then come to KD’s to see the new venue and hear their great music. The new KD’s, redecorated and with a new menu, $6 frozen drinks, and $5 beers. Same address as before (when it was the Inkwell Cafe): 408 Rogers Ave., between Sterling & Lefferts.

Jazz at KD’s Friday night, Sept 23

Alex Levine
Alex Levine

Guitarist Alex Levine’s debut album, “Towards The Center,” will be released in Fall 2016. He is a founding member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, whose focus is to support the creation, presentation, and ongoing development of creative music, and to foster artistic expression through education He is joined by Yuma Uesaka on saxophone, Sam Weber on bass, and Jay Sawyer on drums.

Check out their music here. Then come to KD’s to see the new venue and hear their great music. The new KD’s, redecorated and with a new menu, $6 frozen drinks, and $5 beers. Same address as before (when it was the Inkwell Cafe): 408 Rogers Ave., between Sterling & Lefferts.

Curtis Ostle Trio, Friday, September 9, 2016

The Inkwell was; the new KD’s IS!!! Check out the new home for PLG Arts Jazz Night . The Inkwell Cafe has been transformed into KD’s, redecorated and with a new menu, $6 frozen drinks, and $5 beers. The Curtis Ostle Trio is the first group to perform under the new banner. Same address as before: 408 Rogers Ave., between Sterling & Lefferts. Same time: 7:30-9:30 pm.

New York City bassist and composer Curtis Ostle is known
for his warm sound, lyrical solos, and strong rhythmic
sense. On 9/9/16, Curtis welcomes Tommy Campbell
(Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins) on drums and Kenny
Wessel (Ornette Coleman) on guitar, two acclaimed NYC
jazz veterans, for a night of inspiring original music.

Curtis Ostle
Curtis Ostle
tommy-campbell-photo-shoot
Tommy Campbell
Kenny Wessel
Kenny Wessel

Vinnie Knight: Black Pearls and White Diamonds July 22

Vinnie Knight

Miss Vinnie Knight is a well-known jazz and blues singer with an angelic voice and a sophisticated sound. She has recorded the music of Duke Ellington and toured many European countries.

 
Miss Vinnie Knight has a profound love for music theater. She Has written and produced a musical review, “Black Pearls and White Diamonds, Jazz songs of the Harlem Renaissance.” Come hear the real deal at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Avenue, on Friday, July 22, 7:30-9:30.
You can preview Friday’s show here.

Jazz @the Inkwell: Stelio Mihas

The Listening Trio editedBrooklyn-based guitarist Stelios Mihas will be presenting a jazz trio featuring legendary reeds player Daniel Carter and bassist Zachary Swanson. After meeting during the sessions of Daniel Carter’s Listening Group, this trio will be performing its spontaneous compositions drawing inspiration from late 20th century jazz and contemporary music traditions.

Here’s a sample of Stelios Mihas’s music: click here  to hear them play. Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 7:30-9:30 pm, please join us for an exciting evening of music when this great group performs 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!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org

“The Lonely Hearts Case”–A Live Radio Drama

PLGarts-Radio-Play-non-printPLG 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)

Doors open at 4:00 PM.

Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00.

Jerram Original Network Band Fri, 6-24, 7:30

Jerram Original Network Band
Jerram Original Network Band

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 Quartet: Jazz this Friday (June 10)

Wataru UchidaWataru 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.

Please join us.

Vocal/bass/saxophone trio at the Inkwell Friday May 27

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.

Jazz @the Inkwell Friday, May 13, 7:30-9:30

Yuma small_headshotThe 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.