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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
shapes.

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.

May 10, 1-3 pm, at Parkside Plaza: Michael-David Gordon Quartet

michael-david_gordonThe Michael-David Gordon Quartet initiates the Second Sundays in Summer, a series of  free performances sponsored by PLG Arts and the Inkwell Jazz Cafe. Concerts and performances in this series take place the second Sunday each month from May through September.

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.

Michael-David Gordon explores pop, standards, and R&B, drawing on his experience singing with the Temptations and fronting his band at Dervish in Times Square. With music from Cee Lo Green to Duke Ellington to Bruno Mars to Otis Redding, his vibe is accessible, funky, swinging—and always fun!
Michael-David Gordon, vocals; Logan Thomas, piano; Pierre Morquart, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums.

Jon Menges Quartet at Inkwell May 8, 7-9 pm

Jon Menges
Jon Menges

Jon Menges has arrived in New York, and it’s time to welcome this talented young trumpeter, composer, and arranger who delighted audiences in Chicago for many years.

We’re pleased to announce that this performance is part of the 16th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Jazz Festival

Mixing fresh and lively takes on popular composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter with those of jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, the Jon Menges Quartet wins the hearts of audiences who like their music served up with style.

Presenting a large repertoire of classic jazz tunes and original works, the group can create smooth, romantic moods or get you on your feet with all styles of swing, Latin, and contemporary jazz.

Here’s the stellar lineup for the Jon Menges Quartet, which will be playing his arrangements:
Jon Menges–trumpet
Mike Fahie–trombone
Dave Ambrosio–bass
Robert Weiss–drums

For a sample of Jon Menges’s music: click here!

Please join us for an exciting evening when the Jon Menges Quartet performs at 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!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org

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!

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org
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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.

FOR MORE INFO: rina@plgarts.org
Like us on Facebook!

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.

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

INTERSECTIONS: PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS

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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.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

$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

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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

Location
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.

About

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: info@rebeccamolloy.com

 

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.