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Sax Fifth Avenue: New jazz bar to open in Park Slope

From left, Michael Brovkine, Yaacov Mayman, Randy Brecker.
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A New York City pianist will orchestrate the grand opening of a new Park Slope jazz venue next month.

The Made in New York Jazz Cafe & Bar will replace the shuttered Uzbek eatery Nargis Bar and Grill at 155 Fifth Ave. between Lincoln Place and St. Johns Place, and is part of musician-owner Michael Brovkine’s effort to revive what he described as Brooklyn’s ailing jazz scene.

“My music started in Brooklyn. Lots of friends, gigs, the most talented artists I met, all happened in Brooklyn,” said Brovkine, a one-time Midwood resident, who now resides in Staten Island. “I feel that nowadays — especially in Park Slope — that has changed drastically for the past couple of years, and there are a lot of undiscovered opportunit­ies.”

Brovkine is among the founders of the Made in New York Jazz Competition — an online tournament that features aspiring musicians from around the globe annually. The organization behind the competition hopes to bring their jazz chops to a brick and mortar venue in Brooklyn, said its founder.

“After the success of the competition we have created multiple, unique shows with never seen before lineups,” said Brovkine. “I think it’s time for us to have our own little stage to be able to do our own production and to showcase artists that are part of our community.”

Brovkine, who has been working on his cafe concept for over two years, said the 70-person space — plus a seasonal garden — will feel “cosy,” but the tight confines will produce killer acoustics.

The venue will feature jazz music sets from Thursday through Sunday from renowned artists and up-and-comers alike, according to Brovkine, who said the venue would host music for all ages.

“We are planning to create family days, and to bring entertainment programs for kids,” he said. “It’ll be jazz for everyone.”

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at (718) 260-4577, or email agraham@schnepsmedia.com
Updated 11:46 am, August 2, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Wendall says:
OMG - so boring!
July 31, 9:22 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
First off, if you don't mind, I would like to apologize for what I'm about to say as I do appreciate the effort that this person is making in his attempt to bring back the golden days of Jazz. Whilst I, John Wasserman, do enjoy fine music from our yesteryear, I don't feel that this is the proper area for something so dangerous. Jazz music on 5th Avenue could bring with it a lot of illegal Heroin and Cracked Cocaine, and I don't think these so called "Family Days" would appreciate this. Again, I am sorry for interrupting and I thank you for pardoning me in advance. -John Wasserman
July 31, 11:28 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I'd also like to point out, here on this very note board, that of course this is just the opinion of one man. The name of that man happens to be John Wasserman. -John Wasserman/Prospect Heights/Patriot
July 31, 11:35 am
Jen from Park Slope says:
OK John Wasserman, calm down. I get it, you're obviously joking. Or let's hope so. This article doesn't say anything about when, even approximately when, this venue will open. In the fall, after January 1st, when?
July 31, 12:55 pm
Rita from Brooklyn Heights says:
Wow, can't wait!!!
July 31, 1 pm
Stephanie Buhttstink says:
Me likey! Like so much jazz !
July 31, 1:06 pm
Jen from Park slope says:
Okay so reading comprehension goes out the window when you are sleep-deprived. It opens next month, August. That's great news! Sorry I missed that detail.
July 31, 1:06 pm
Jason Jusino from Park Slope says:
Revolutionary and game changing! Big B you have our support! Let's go!!!!
July 31, 1:10 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello Jen, from Park Slope. John Wasserman. If you'll please pardon my asking: "I get it, you're joking"? Do you think that these drugs are joke? Perhaps, if you try to get more sleep, you will open your eyes and see that this is a disaster just waiting to happen. Might I suggest Advil Pm to your nightly diet? Thank you for reading. -John Wasserman/Concerned Neighbor
July 31, 1:27 pm
Holy Forks says:
John Wasserman is back? Who gave him internet privileges again?!?!?!
July 31, 1:43 pm
K. from ArKady says:
Welcome back John Wasserman, your trolls were your ticket out. Welcome back, to that same old site that you laughed about Well the names have all changed since you hung around But those trolls have remained and they've turned around Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya) Back here where we need ya (Back here where we need ya) Yeah we tease you a lot 'cause we got you on the spot Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, welcome back Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back
July 31, 3:19 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Why, thank you very much for your kind hearted poetry, if you don't mind. Someone should make it into a song - for, it has such familiar vibration, if you'll pardon my saying so. -John Wasserman
July 31, 3:39 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Van Dyke Heights says:
Actually, "Sax 5th Ave" would be a better name!
Aug. 1, 5:31 am
Gary Smith from Jamaica, NY says:
I think John Wasserman is locked in a time warp. Heroin and cocaine was the drug of choice amongst the jazz musicians in the 1950's & 1960's, but not now. First of all, it is hard to work as a jazz musician and support yourself. Secondly, it takes many years of hard work to develop your craft. Third, it is very competitive being a jazz musician in New York. I salute anyone who is trying to keep the music alive by opening up a venue. John, I think you need to go out and meet some people !
Aug. 1, 7 am
John from Clinton Hills says:
wow, Nargis got so much good press and it looked busy when I walked by...I'm shocked they closed. And I'm sorry for saying this, but if Nargis couldn't make it, I don't have high hopes for a jazz bar. Hopefully, the landlord loves jazz and is lowering the rent for these guys.
Aug. 1, 10:43 am
Flash from Prospect heights says:
Give us this day our daily music if you don't like it get ear plugs or move away . Drugs lol are always available no matter what the venue , even a typical bar has a dealer sitting in the shadows. I am glad to see a new spot giving the chance to every hard work ing musician and listener to hear live music instead of the usual recording.
Aug. 1, 11:39 am
Jordie S from Prospect Heights says:
Me: I cant wait to check this out! Jazz Cafe: "Where would you like to sit, sir?" Also Me: "I'm planning on having conversations so as far from the jazz as possible please"
Aug. 2, 9:01 am

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