“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, February 27th the main dining room will feature the Victor La Gamma Trio 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. Dylan is also currently working towards an M.A. in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University and plays with a variety of ensembles in the area including the Jazz/Hip Hop band Milkbread, based in Rhode Island where Dylan obtained his undergraduate degree. 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.
On Saturday, February 28th jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik returns. The New Yorker called her recent 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.” Pintchik surfaced on the Manhattan jazz scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s, chosen by Mitchell for the warmth and powerful interplay he heard in her pairing with guitarist Scott Hardy. Pintchik formed her own trio with Hardy and drummer Michael Sarin, and they perform regularly at NYC jazz venues. The trio has released four CDs; Downbeat Magazine says “Pintchik’s music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating…. Their elation is contagious.” (Listen to a sample here. ) As Gary Walker at WBGO writes “Even with all that technology has to offer, the best way to hear any performer is still as it always was: live.” So don’t miss this opportunity to hear Leslie Pintchik at Alvin & Friends. No cover charge, but tables are reserved for those ordering a meal and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Thursday, March 5th gifted jazz pianist Jon Weiss will play in the main dining room from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two drink minimum at the bar.