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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.

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!


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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