“It's not any one thing that makes Alvin and Friends so special. Sure, the jazz music wafting through the speakers is inviting. And of course, the soulful paintings — all done by the owner — lining the dining room walls are absolutely mesmerizing. And then there's the transformative Southern/Caribbean cooking, which is a standout all on its own. But when you throw them all together...and add in all-smiles hospitality from owner Alvin Clayton - well then you have something really extraordinary. To put it simply: There's nothing else like it in Westchester. In fact, there may be nothing else like it anywhere.”
— The Journal News
On Thursday, January 29th Lou Volpe returns to the main dining room. A master of the guitar, Lou is recognized for the warm and lyric romanticism he brings to jazz standards, R & B and adult contemporary music. Lou is currently recording a new CD, “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes” – a tribute to Frank Sinatra – so this is one of the few live performances he has scheduled this season. No cover charge but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Saturday, January 31st jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik returns. The New Yorker called her recent CD In The Nature of Things “one of the most captivating recordings to come out so far this year,” and WBGO described it as “a gorgeous display of the trio.” Pintchik surfaced on the Manhattan jazz scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s, chosen by Mitchell for the warmth and powerful interplay he heard in her pairing with guitarist Scott Hardy. Pintchik formed her own trio with Hardy and drummer Satoshi Takeishi, and they perform regularly at NYC jazz venues. The trio has released three CDs; Downbeat Magazine says “Pintchik’s music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating…. Their elation is contagious.” (Listen to a sample here. ) As Gary Walker at WBGO writes “Even with all that technology has to offer, the best way to hear any performer is still as it always was: live.” So don’t miss this opportunity to hear Leslie Pintchik at Alvin & Friends. No cover charge, but tables are reserved for those ordering a meal and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.