“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 Saturday, August 9th jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik returns with Scott Hardy on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. 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.” Before embarking on her musical career Pintchik taught English literature at Columbia Univeristry, where she received her Master of Philosophy degree in 17th century English literature. She 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 former 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.
On Thursday, August 14th Madalyn and Nicole are back for Ladies’ Night at Alvin & Friends, featuring free appetizers and drink specials at the bar. The singing and songwriting duo of Madalyn Barbero Jordan and Nicole Alifante perform their heartfelt interpretations of favorite songs, old and new, with some originals thrown in the mix. Both come from professional theatre backgrounds and share a love for telling stories through song. While Nicole is primarily a songwriter, Madalyn is perhaps better known as the Gallery Director at Iona College’s Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery. (She also teaches Communication and “Shake Your Soul” Yoga Dance at Iona.) No cover charge, but tables in the main dining room are reserved for those ordering a meal and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.