“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, October 20th Julius Rodriguez returns to Alvin & Friends. A native of White Plains, Julius Rodriguez was already making a name for himself in the jazz world as a teen, hosting jam sessions at Smalls and headlining at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He was selected as a Young Arts National Finalist on both piano and drums, as well as a drummer in the Grammy Jazz Session and Next Generation Orchestra, a pianist at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop and a 4-Time NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) National Medalist for instrumental music performance and music composition. Julius has shared the stage with many recognizable names including Javon Jackson, Andra Day, Wycliffe Gordon, James Morrison, Jazzmeia Horn, Dev Hynes, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Wynton Marsalis, Nick Hakim, and more. He has performed at venues as varied as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as internationally in Japan and Australia. Currently Julius studies jazz piano at Juilliard.
On Saturday, October 21st Ivery Bell – former lead singer of the legendary Blue Magic, The Delfonics and The Moment of Truth – brings his silk smooth vocals to the Roscoe Room at Alvin & Friends. Take a walk down memory lane! Tickets cost $47.50 and include dinner. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite or call 654-6549 to reserve. Ivery Bell has been singing virtually his entire life, having won 1st place on amateur night at NYC’s famed Apollo Theater at the age of 8! At 19 he signed with Sal Soul Records as one of the lead singers of the R&B group “Moment of Truth” and recorded four albums; one single from that first album became a local club hit entitled “Helplessly.” The group also recorded on the movie soundtrack from the film “Nocturna” along with Gloria Gaynor and Vikki Sue Robinson. In the 90’s Ivery began singing gospel because, he says, “I came to know the Lord and wanted to use my gift to glorify God.” His musical resume includes writing, producing, voice coaching and former choir director. He has performed and worked with artists including The Stylistics, The O’Jays, Dramatics, Kool & The Gang, Melissa Morgan, Cissy Houston and Timothy Wright, and performed as lead singer for legendary R&B group Blue Magic. His first gospel CD was just released, entitled “Just Praisn’.”
On Saturday, October 21st the Peter Hand Trio returns to Alvin & Friends with guitarist Peter Hand, Harvie S on bass and Steve Johns on drums. “Hand is a wonderful guitarist in the vein of a Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and the like with a definite blues sensibility” — Jazz & Blues Report “When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it” – Downbeat