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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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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.

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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.






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



INTERSECTIONS is part performance, part community-outreach, part public conversation, part investigation of the shared responsibility of a neighborhood.  Using as a springboard the metaphor of intersections and crossroads, this project uses interviews of Prospect Lefferts Gardens residents to create a performance event which invites audiences to meet their neighbors and intersect with their community.


$5 suggested donation ~ One night only! Seating is limited!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14th @ 7 pm

INKWELL CAFE – 408 ROGERS (at Sterling)

Directed by Rebecca Martinez and Tracy Cameron Francis

in collaboration with the cast

and featuring the voices of Prospect Lefferts Gardens residents





Created in collaboration with Hybrid Theatre Works

 This event is made possible with funds from the Citizens Committee for New York City


Broken Reed Quartet plays Carole King @Jazz @the Inkwell Fri, Dec 12

Kingerama at the Inkwell Cafe on Friday, December 12, 7-9 pm: Carole King’s songs played by the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet in startling arrangements by Charley Gerard. Performers are Charley Gerard, Jenny Hill, Dimitri Moderbacher and Jacob Teichroew.

brokenreed“Broken Reed is anything but broken. Their sound is full-bodied, harmonically strong and appealing, fresh, lighthearted, festive and yet complex and serious. This is a remarkable group.”–Dr. José E. Cruz, President, Jazz/Latino, Inc.

The artistry and talent of the individual members of the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet have been heard at the Blue Note, the Kennedy Center, and jazz festivals around the globe, performing with Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, the Diva Big Band and Washington Musica Viva.

Lucid Culture: “Devious, witty, swinging tunefulness from the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet.”

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

Repre LDN – – – > NYC @ Tugboat Tea Company – International Painters

November 11 – December 8 2014

Opening Party – Friday November 21, 6-9pm

Opening Hours.
Weekdays – 7am – 7pm
Weekends – 8am – 6pm

Tugboat Tea Company
546 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn
NY 11225

We are delighted to announce Repre Art Collective’s first international show, which will take place from the November 11 – December 8 2014 at the Tugboat Tea Company in Brooklyn, New York.

Repre is an art collective of 10 artists who share the common theme of representation. Their work ranges from the body to the landscape and each artist is concerned with not only depicting the real, but also exploring and pushing the boundaries of realism within their practice.

The Repre LDN – – -> NYC show will display new works from each artist. With the challenge of transporting work from London to New York, there is predominant theme of light work, including paintings on paper, photography and prints. This exhibition focuses on the shifts in the artist’s practices as each artist seeks to find refreshing ways to break down, reconstruct and represent the concept of the real. Through the use of fragmentation, found images, transformation and abstraction the artists begin a dialogue around the ideas of what representation means today.

Repre Art Collective has seen topics covered such as perception, temporality, celebrity, atmosphere, the body and the augmentation of images. The New York exhibition will provide an insight into these lines of enquiry.


Repre was founded in 2011 by Rebecca Molloy and in this time the artists have hosted a variety of events. This has included their debut exhibition at The Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Square (2012), an experimental warehouse exhibition in Silwex Studios, Shoreditch (2013) as well as their most recent residency at the DegreeArt Gallery (2013). The artists are driven by the activity of peer support and have also put on critiques, panel discussions, life drawing classes, pecha kucha events and collaborations.

The Repre LDN – – -> NYC is curated by Noel Hefele and Bob Marvin

Exhibiting Artists

Julie Bennett
Natalia Davis
Nathaniel Fowles
Jemma Grundon
Noel Hefele
Amelia Humber
Rebecca Molloy
Louise Morgan
Andrew Newton
Patrick Simkins

High-resolution images are available upon request Contact:


Michael-David Gordon Quartet Fri, Nov 14, 7-9 pm

michael-david_gordonThe Michael-David Gordon Quartet returns to the Inkwell after their recent SRO performance in July. Michael-David is a dynamic entertainer who explores standards, pop, and R&B, drawing on his experience singing with the Temptations and NYC bands like the Pocket Band and the Meetles, as well as acting with Irondale Ensemble Project. With a love of music that immediately connects with audiences, he is equally at home with material from CeeLo Green to Duke Ellington to Bruno Mars–with a touch of Amy Winehouse to boot. The quartet’s vibe is accessible, funky, swinging… and always fun!

michael-david gordonHere’s a sample of Michael-David in action:  click here for a video. Enjoy!

Be sure to join us Friday, Nov 14, 7-9 pm, when the Michael-David Gordon Quartet  performs at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave betw Sterling St & Lefferts Ave.

Michael-David Gordon, vocals; Logan Thomas, piano; Pierre Morquart, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums.



PLG Arts Chamber Music Series: Brooklyn Guitar Quartet

PLG Arts Chamber Music will present an afternoon of contemporary chamber music performed by the Brooklyn Guitar Quartet on Sunday, October 26 at 3pm.  Following a successful launch of the series last spring, this is the first event of the fall in an ongoing series of concerts in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

The Brooklyn Guitar Quartet (BGQ) began life in 2006 as an ensemble training project at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.  Now permanent, and no longer affiliated with the college, the current line-up includes Lars Frandsen, professor of music at Nyack and Brooklyn Colleges; Jesse Miller, guitar instructor at James Madison High School (and 30 year PLG resident); Carlos Cuestas, DMA candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center; and John Olson, scientist and president of the NYC Classical Guitar Society.

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two” – Frederic Chopin.  Then why not four?

BGQ’s repertoire focuses on accessible art music inspired by popular forms.  Many of the composers whose music they play are guitarists themselves, such as Andrew York, Paolo Bellinati, Leo Brouwer, and Roland Dyens.

PLG Arts is delighted to include PLG Arts Chamber Music in their current programming, which includes visual arts shows, jazz performance, theater, author readings, and other expressions of creativity in local venues.  The Chamber Music series is held at various venues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods.

Brooklyn Guitar QuartetSunday October 26, 3pm; admission: $5 suggested donation
Prospect Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn, NY (address will be sent to audience at time of their RSVP)
Another performance in the PLG Arts Chamber Music series

Space is limited and reservations are required: Please email  to RSVP.
The performance address will be distributed to the RSVP list.

Acclaimed Brooklyn Novelists Darcey Steinke and Martha Southgate to Read at PLG Arts Reading Series

Brooklyn authors Darcey Steinke and Martha Southgate will be featured on Thursday, Oct. 30, at PLG Arts’ Meet-the-Author Reading Series.

The joint reading and book signing begins at 7:30 pm at The Inkwell Café at 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.

The event is the second in PLG Arts’ reading series.

Darcey Steinke photoDarcey Steinke, a longtime PLG resident, will read from her new book, Sister Golden Hair – “a daring and arrestingly beautiful novel” named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions. Darcey is also the author of a memoir, Easter Everywhere, a New York Times Notable Book set partly in PLG, and four earlier novels, MilkJesus SavesSuicide Blonde and Up Through the Water. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Barnard, The New School and The American University of Paris.

Southgate_twitter_icon[1]Martha Southgate is the author of four novels, Another Way to DanceTe Fall of RomeThird Girl from the Left and her latest, The Taste of Salt, a “searing, gorgeous” and “tenderly powerful” story that was named one of the best novels of 2011 by the Boston Globe. Martha teaches at MFA in creative writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, O, Entertainment Weekly and Essence. Her work also appears in the anthology Best African-American Essays 2009.

The Park Slope Community Bookstore is co-sponsoring the reading and will have the authors’ books for sale. The Inkwell has a great selection of drinks and craft beers.

The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at or email

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FOR TREES AND BIRDS: INKWELL Jazz Fri, Sept 12, 7-9 pm

at the Inkwell Friday Sept 12
For Trees and Birds

For Trees and Birds, a group of young musicians playing original music, performs at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts & Sterling. Comprised of 4 individuals each coming out of the jazz tradition, the band reaches for a cohesiveness derived from elements inherent in the human spirit: structure, lyricism, and balance. Rooted in simplicity of composition, For Trees and Birds seeks a method of group improvisation that doesn’t sound haphazard or circuitous. What results might be the soundtrack to the moments in life you wish to capture: music you will like to listen to.

FOR TREES AND BIRDS is  Jasper Dutz, winds; Lee Meadvin, guitar; Chris Gaskell, bass; Connor Parks, drums.