“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, July 3rd it’s Tango Night in Roscoe’s Room! Join us for a beautiful evening of tango dancing, fine dining and live music. (And help us celebrate the birthday of the lovely Tanguera, Mayte Vicens!) Enjoy a performance by Mayte Vicens and Eduardo Goytia (2007 World Tango Champion) and live music by the acclaimed musicians Pedro Giraudo (Bass), Maurizio Najt (Pianist) and Ariel Iud (Bandoneon). Cover charge is $25, with a two-drink minimum; a special Tapas menu will be available. The event begins at 9:30 pm; please come earlier if you plan to dine with us. Seating is limited, so call 654-6549 to reserve. Born in Valencia, Spain, Mayte Vicens is a respected performer, choreographer and teacher of all elements of dance, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, American Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango and Flamenco. Ms Vicens is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Tango Jazz Fusion Company, “Timba Tango”, a sizzling, cutting edge combination of live music and dance that fuses together flamenco, tango and salsa–all performed with elegance, mastery and passion. After studying at the Rosella Hightower School of Dance in Cannes, France she receieved a Masters Degree in Spanish Dance and Flamenco from the Royal Conservatory of Art and Dance in Valencia, Spain. She was privileged to study and perform with the greatest Flamenco Master and teacher of our time — Martin Vargas – and was successful in combining the fundamentals of ballet, modern and jazz, into the existing compartmentalization of Afro-Latin Jazz and American Ballroom, integrating these varied styles in a unique and personal way. After moving to New York in 2001 Mayte became a judge and coach in professional ballroom dancing; she has appeared in motion pictures including “Mona Lisa Smile,”“Stepford Wives,” and “Enchanted”. For two consecutive years she was honored to be the Viennese Waltz soloist at the famous annual Vienna Opera Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. In 2014 Mayte was the prime subject of a documentary film by photographer and filmmaker Julia Juliati. To see this engaging documentary, please visit www.mytangostory.com. In addition to her extraordinary dance talents, Ms Vicens served as a percussionist and vocalist for the group “Soul con Timba” on the recording “Live at Bohemian Caverns,” an original work commissioned by Charlie Fishman (Dizzy Gillespie’s former manager) that premiered at The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, DC. You can read more about her at http://www.maytevicens.com/home/mayte-vicens-biography
On Saturday, July 11th the Victor LaGamma Trio returns to the main dining room at Alvin & Friends with pianist/composer Victor La Gamma, bassist Dylan La Gamma and vibraphonist Eric Katz performing a mix of original compositions and newly arranged standards from the American song book. Victor La Gamma has been performing in the New York and Westchester areas for the last 35 years. His recent CD release, ‘Bits and Pieces’, incorporates many styles of jazz composition and performance and includes his son, bassist Dylan La Gamma, who is a jazz ensemble director at Fordham Prep. The third member of the trio is Eric Katz, a music teacher in the Pelham Schools and a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. His melodic doublings on vibes with the piano suggest the bygone days of the George Shearing Quintet. No cover charge but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.