“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
Saxophonist Alex McCabe and pianist Paul Odeh return to the Main Dining Room on Friday, July 1st. A songwriter for the popular ska band Mephiskapheles, McCabe has performed and toured the US and Europe and has recorded extensively with a variety of artists; his CD , “Bird’s 90th Birthday” was released in 2013. Many of his compositions are featured on film and television, most recently his composition “Spindrift” was heard in Breaking Bad (Season 5, episode 8) with McCabe on piano! No cover charge but tables in the main dining room are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Saturday, July 2nd, jazz pianist Jon Weiss will be joined by jazz legend Sol Yaged on clarinet in the main dining room. 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.) Yaged will be paired with versatile pianist Jon Weiss, who has been performing in New York clubs since 1979; his most recent CD is “Time Without Memory.” No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Friday, July 8th we welcome Bart Tesoriero and The Art of Brooklyn to the main dining room. Brooklyn born singer-songwriter Bart Tesoriero founded The Art of Brooklyn with Christopher Gonzalez in 2014. Their unique sound is described as neo-soul with jazz and modern pop influences: Tesoriero cites John Legend, Donny Hathaway, Layla Hathaway and Allen Stone as among his biggest influences. The Brooklyn Daily says they “lay down the smoothest, most soulful set of acoustic guitar music since Otis Redding.” Follow them on Twitter @theartofbkc and Instagram @theartofbkc. No cover charge but there is a two-drink minimum and tables are reserved for diners.