“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, September 18th enjoy an elegant evening of great music with the Brian Carter Quartet, featuring jazz vocalist and romantic balladeer Ras Chemash Lamed, Brian Carter, Rachiim Ausar Sahu and Lou Vega. The music starts at 8 pm. No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Friday, September 19th pianist Jon Weiss will be joined by jazz legend Sol Yaged on clarinet. At 91, Yaged has been playing clarinet continuously in New York clubs since 1942 (with the exception of three years in the Army during World War II) with such musicians as Phil Napolean, Coleman Hawkins, Red Allen and Jack Teagarden. The New York Times wrote that Yaged “plays with a creamy, elegant tone that evokes Goodman’s lyricism” – and indeed Yaged served as a consultant on Benny Goodman’s musical style for the 1956 film, The Benny Goodman Story, teaching Steve Allen to mimic Goodman. (Get a taste of Yaged’s sound here.) Yager will be paired with versatile pianist Jon Weiss – who has been performing in New York clubs since 1979 – a duo that promises a delightful night of music. No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Saturday, September 20th the Speakerbox Trio with Donnie Bosco will play at Alvin & Friends. With roots as a church jazz musician who grew up with the sounds of the Caribbean, Donnie Bosco describes Speakerbox as “neosoul/funk/jazz.” No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.