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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.

Nicoletta Manzini Trio @the Inkwell April 8

Nicoletta Manzini
Nicoletta Manzini

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 Comes to the Inkwell Friday, March 25, 7:30-9:30 pm

For Trees & Birds
For Trees & Birds

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.

Novella Nelson- vocals, poetry
Edith Lettner- alto & soprano saxophone, duduk
Leopoldo Fleming- percussion

 

 

Novella Nelson: beginning to test the waters.

 
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!

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Meet-the-Author Tuesday, March 22, at the Inkwell Cafe

PLG Arts Meet-The-Author Series at the Inkwell Cafe

Stephanie Clifford presents Everybody Rise; Helen Phillips presents The 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 (c 2015 Elena Seibert)
Stephanie Clifford (c 2015 Elena Seibert)

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 and two cats. Everybody Rise is her first book.

Helen Phillips
Helen Phillips

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.

The Inkwell Café is located at 408 Rogers Ave.

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Michael LeMorin Quartet at PLG Arts Jazz @the Inkwell Friday, Jan 8, 7:30

Photo_Flier (2) 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.

Check it out here: Michael LeMorin’s music. Food and drinks totally available.

Christian Finger Band–Jazz @the Inkwell Dec 11

Christian Finger

Coming to the Inkwell Cafe on Friday, December 11….

Sophisticated, melodic music combining jazz, classical, and pop takes listeners on a journey that mesmerizes, transcends, and entertains. Through the compositions of Christian Finger, the band mixes American jazz tradition with European sensitivity. “Fast-paced and exciting, hauntingly beautiful and evocative, spontaneous and playful – all within a unique, accessible melodious framework.” Downbeat: “…brimming with idealism and fearless adventure…” Sebastian Noelle – guitars; Adam Armstrong – bass; Christian Finger – drums/compositions.

Click here to hear the Christian Finger Band.

Food is available from the Inkwell’s great soul food kitchen!

Suggested donation: $5; proceeds support the performers and PLG Arts, a nonprofit organization.

The Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Avenue is between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave. Directions: 2 or 5 to Sterling Street Station. Walk one block west. Or take the B, Q, or S to Prospect Park and walk 3 blocks east on Empire and one block south on Rogers.

Emilio Teubal Trio Fri, Sept 25, 7:30-9:30

Join us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Sterling & Lefferts, for PLG Arts Jazz at the Inkwell

Emilio Teubal
Emilio Teubal

Pianist/composer Emilio Teubal is “one of the most outstanding musicians from Argentina.” His latest album, Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido, was chosen as a 2013 best album and has been in the top 100 albums on eMusic.com.

 

“…Point to this as one of the classic albums of this modern jazz age. As near to perfection as you can get” (David Sumner).

Performing with Emilio Teubal on piano are Moto Fukushima on electric bass and Franco Pinna on drums.

For more information and a music preview, go to www.emilioteubal.com

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

MARK LOCKETT & FRIENDS, FRI, SEPT 11, 7:30-9:30 pm
PLG Arts Jazz @the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling & Lefferts, presents…

Mark LockettNYC-based drummer and composer Mark Lockett, originally from New Zealand, has released five albums under his own name and has performed extensively internationally. Lockett will be joined by Nicoletta Manzini (saxophone) and Nobuyuki Yamasaki (bass), playing a selection of groovy standards from the American songbook. A concert not to be missed.  www.marklockett.com.au

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