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Paul Sanwald Prospect Quartet, Nov. 13, 7-9 PM, at The Inkwell Cafe

The Paul Sanwald Prospect Quartet has been playing for close to two years, performing their original music in the NYC area. Their focus is on playing beautiful, interesting music by developing textures and contrast through composition and collective improvisation. Listen here.

Wataru Uchida – tenor sax, Matthew Watanabe – piano, Paul Sanwald – upright bass, Connor Parks – drums

Subway: 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.

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

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

Meet the Authors: Thursday, Oct 29, 7:30 pm

Join us for PLG Arts’ Meet-the-Author Reading Series, a reading and book signing by two great local authors. Books will be for sale afterward, and great drinks and craft beers are available throughout the reading at the Inkwell bar.

Melissa Buzzeo HeadshotMelissa Buzzeo is the author of four full-length books: The Devastation (2015 Nightboat), For Want and Sound (2013 Les Figues), Face (2009 BookThug) and What Began Us (2007 Leon Works). She teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and maintains a radical palm reading practice. Currently she is working on a specific kind of memoir simply called Writing.
DJO PhotoDaniel José Older is the author of the “Bone Street Rumba” urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the young-adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. ” His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, NPR,, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

Inkwell Cafe
408 Rogers Ave
(between Sterling St and Lefferts Ave)
Brooklyn, NY
Free Admission!

Jazz Vocalist Fri, Oct 23, 7-9 pm, at the Inkwell Cafe

Jocelyn MedinaThe sounds and styles of internationally acclaimed vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina fuse elements of world music with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves, and adventurous improvisations. Whether from the stage of an international festival or in the intimate setting of a small jazz venue, she seeks to touch on each listener’s individual experience with messages of universal truth and a unique artistic approach. Jocelyn Medina -voice & compositions, Dan Rochlis – guitar, Sean Smith-bass.
For a musical preview, click here.

Subway: 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.
Food is available from the Inkwell’s great soul food kitchen!
Suggested donation: $5; all proceeds support the performers and PLG Arts, a nonprofit organization.

422 Trees Landscapes by Noel Hefele, Robert Marvin, and Yoshiko Mori

Join us for the next Tugboat art opening!

September 24th, 2015

546 Flatbush Ave
This show features landscape photography by Robert Marvin and Yoshiko Mori and landscape painting by Noel Hefele.
RSVP on facebook (optional)The show statement is below:

A recent Yale-led study put the approximate number of trees on earth at 3.04 trillion, over 7 times the previous global estimate of 400 billion. Instead of 61 trees for every human on planet earth, the new estimate is 422 trees. While good news, this study also claims a 46% decline in tree population since human civilization began.
Roughly 7–8 trees provide the oxygen one person requires for a year of breathing. US urban forests sequester over 700 million tons of carbon. Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day (roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper). Prospect Park lost over 500 trees during Hurricane Sandy. Worldwide, our net loss is about 10 billion trees a year.
How do you value a tree? You only have 422 trees, knowing that, does it change how you look at an individual tree?422 sounds like a lot, but is it?
We are exhibiting three contrasting interpretations to landscape and the trees that live in them. Art can provide empathic aesthetic and emotional connections to these living beings, highlighting small moments of awareness and appreciation. Our trees can fade into the background of everyday life, but they are ever-present and necessary collaborators on a finite planet.


Singer Jazz@the Inkwell Fri, July 24, 7:30-9:30

Rebecka Larsdotter
Rebecka Larsdotter

Straight-ahead meets Scandinavian as Swedish jazz singer Rebecka Larsdotter joins NYC-based musicians for a night of standards and originals. Larsdotter was born, raised, and musically educated in Sweden and has spent the past few years performing and teaching in LA and NYC, as well as becoming more familiar with the American jazz genre. Join us for this special evening!

The Inkwell is at 408 Rogers Avenue, between Sterling St & Lefferts Ave.Join us Friday, July 24, from 7:30-9:30 pm, when the Euphoious Quartet and Rebecka Larsdotter fill the joint with music and friends.

Rebecka Larsdotter, vocals; Esta Blu, piano; Bryce Sabastion, bass; Joe Ford, alto sax; Jerry Griffin, drums; and special guest Jack Jeffers, trombone.

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

Michael-David Gordon Quartet at the Inkwell Fri, July 10, 7:30-9:30

Michael-David Gordon
Michael-David Gordon

The Quartet offer jazz and pop  interpretations of Bacharach’s work from the late 50’s to the present. Singer/actor
Michael-David Gordon draws on his experience with the Temptations, the Irondale Ensemble Project, and as a featured vocalist with several NY groups. He has wowed crowds from NYC’s subway stations to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Michael-David Gordon, vocals; Logan Thomas, keyboards; Adam Armstrong, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums.
Check out the video so you’ll know you HAVE to come to the Inkwell, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling & Lefferts.

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

Michael Vitale Trio: CD Release Party @Inkwell Fri, June 26

Web_MVTJoin us at the Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave (betw Sterling & Lefferts)  from 7-9 on Friday, June 26, for the release of their new CD “En Route. ”

Seattle, Tokyo, and Zurich: Justin Wert, guitar; Yuka Tadano, bass; and Michael Vitali, drums: they hail from all corners of the globe.

The three met in numerous, often random musical situations – at Haitian gigs, playing acoustic Mexican music and, of course, jam sessions – but it wasn’t until Michael brought the trio together in early 2011 for a weekly residency at a low-key Upper West Side joint that he recognized their rare chemistry.  Playing in an oddly shaped room in an acoustic setting served them in developing a dynamic interplay.

While each member is a tasteful improviser, together they found a unique balance through their use of space. Their interaction is conversational and supportive, always fresh and spiced with elements of surprise and occasionally even humor. A true sense of trust has grown between them continuing to empower  their risk-taking creativity.

Over the years the MVT has adopted a long list of standards, often favoring the tunes less traveled and always in search of new and fresh approaches – using unexpected tempi or odd meters.
Their recent release, “En Route,” is a collaborative effort, featuring a mix of inspired originals and standards, as well as an intimate rendition of Scatterbrain by Radiohead.

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

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June 14, 1-3pm, at Parkside Plaza: h2f2 and Anne Dearth

The Second Sunday Series, sponsored by the Inkwell and PLG Arts, will have it’s second event on June 14th between 1 and 3pm. The concert will feature music by h2f2, an improv-based flute and piano duo, preceded by classical solos and duos performed by Anne Dearth and h2f2 member, Nicolas Handahl. The Second Sunday series is part of the Parkside Plaza programming.

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.

Nicholas Handahl (h2f2, flute) is a conductor and flute player based in Brooklyn. he holds flute degrees from UW Eau Claire (Timothy Lane) in his native Wisco, and NYU Steinhardt (Robert Dick). Past engagements include conducting at the Luzerne Music Center in upstate NY, performing as soloist with the NYU symphony, and touring with Ijoa in Germany. as an improviser, Nic appears in the quartet “pretzel club” and in the duo “h2f2.” Upcoming engagements include conducting the rt9 string ensemble, a recital series back in the midwest, and attending the Atlantic Music Festival as a student conductor.

Allen Fogelsanger (h2f2, piano) is a composer, educator, consultant, computer programmer, improviser and accompanist specializing in music for dance. He teaches and accompanies at Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, ballet arts and freelance, and previously served as director of music for dance at Cornell University. He received a phD from Cornell in mathematics and is completing a MM degree in music technology at NYU. Fogelsanger’s music, alone and as part of dances, videos and installations, has been presented in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Anne Dearth is a flutist and music teacher in New York City. She has appeared with Symphony Z, Contemporaneous, the W4 New Music Collective, the Open Music Ensemble, and with various NYU ensembles. She has participated in the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Iota Festival, and the Lower East Side Music Festival. Anne particularly enjoys working closely with composers and has premiered multiple works written expressly for her, most recently “Shame” for speaking alto flutist by Jesse Diener-Bennett. Hailing from Dearborn, MI, Anne studied with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan before coming to New York to study at NYU with Robert Dick.

Art Lillard Quartet @the Inkwell June 12, 7-9 pm

Art Lillard
Art Lillard

Drummer Art Lillard leads this jazz quartet, which includes Ron Jackson on guitar, Chris Bacas on sax, and Ralph Hamperian on acoustic bass. The group plays jazz standards, swing tunes, bossa novas,  blues, and  Lillard’s original compositions. The band’s extensive repertoire includes music by Rodgers, Ellington, Jobim, and many others.

See the group perform Friday, June 12, 7-9 pm, at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave., between Sterling  and Lefferts. $5 suggested donation supports the performers and PLG Arts. Good food and drink are available.

Composer, arranger, bandleader, and drummer Art Lillard hails from Miami, where he studied music and played with the great jazz master Ira Sullivan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music.

Art has three recordings on Summit Records: “Reasons to Be Thankful” and “Certain Relationships,” both featuring his nine-horn Heavenly Big Band, and “It’s Time,” featuring his trio/ quartet, the On Time Band. He also leads a seven-piece swing band, Blue Heaven.

Art has written hundreds of compositions and is often commissioned as an arranger. His works have been recorded by several other jazz artists.






Northern Spy Jazz@Inkwell Fri May 22

Northern SpyMichael Bates: Northern Spy

Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and you’re sure to get caught up in the excitement.  They’ll be playing at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave between Sterling St & Lefferts Ave, on Friday, May 22, from 7-9 pm.

Northern Spy veers happily between wide-open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. Michael Bates on double bass, Michael  Blake on saxophone and Jeremy “Bean” Clemons on drums play with intensity and fire, manhandling the blues into unexpected musical

Check the music before you come or after by clicking here.

$5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts. Enjoy some great music and be part of the community at the Inkwell this Friday night. Craft beer, wine, and liquors available, plus good eats.