“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 Friday, May 27th Echoes, a contemporary jazz ensemble from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, returns to the main dining room at Alvin & Friends. Echoes was here last year on their summer tour of the East Coast; formed in January 2014 in Oberlin Conservatory’s jazz department, and over the past two years, they have developed a cohesive and unique band sound through both original compositions and refreshing interpretations of jazz standards. They began the summer of 2015 by completing a two-week residency at the renowned Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire, an accomplishment made more significant by the fact that they were the youngest group of musicians ever selected to participate in the residency. Following the residency, they solidified this new music over a month-long tour down the east coast and through the Midwest, which included stops in Boston, New York City, New Rochelle, Philadelphia, D.C., Cleveland, and Chicago. In January 2016, Echoes was selected by the Oberlin Conservatory to represent the school on a three-week tour of Jordan. The tour was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, and included performances throughout the country. While in Jordan, the group had the honor of performing for figures such as the Venezuelan Ambassador and the Cultural Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy. Additionally, the group conducted multiple educational outreach concerts and workshops in schools and universities, and had the pleasure of performing with members of the Jordanian National Orchestra. Echoes continues to perform around Oberlin and the greater Cleveland area, and plans to tour the U.S. and travel to Europe in summer 2016. 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.
Great news for fans of jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik, formerly a fixture at the Watercolor Café: She is now appearing at Alvin & Friends twice a month, on the second and fourth Saturdays. On Saturday, May 28th the Leslie Pintchik Trio returns to the main dining room with Leslie Pintchik on piano, Scott Hardy on bass, and Michael Sarin on drums. The New Yorker called Leslie’s 2014 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.” The trio performs regularly at NYC jazz venues and has released four CDs; Downbeat Magazine says “Pintchik’s music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating…. Their elation is contagious.” 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.
On Friday, June 3rd experience the rock and soul instrumental groovitude of Fabberation — featuring Andrew Frawley (Midnight Magic) on drums, Dave Fabris (Great Winds Records) on guitar and Dave Phillips (Book Of Mormon). Enjoy a unique blend of rock, jazz and classical music on the patio at Alvin & Friends from 7 to 10 pm. Dave Fabris has recorded four CDs and toured internationally with this mentor, third stream pianist Ran Blake, to great acclaim. He is currently a member of the experimental big band The Pittsburgh Collective, and the pubk-cabaret trio IMPetus. Fabris is also the founder of the Fabulous School of Music in Beverly, MA and an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas and Passaic County Community College. No cover charge, two drink minimum.