“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 Saturday, August 15th 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.
Each course will be paired with a one-ounce serving of a different rum. The dinner will start with Gurapo de Canã Shrimp Ceviche with micro cilantro and Cassava chips, followed by your choice of entrees: Fennel Crusted Snapper served with truffle mashed potatoes, tomato fundu and Brugal butter sauce or Bacardi-Mango Glazed Chorizo-Stuffed Quail with black beans and grilled chayote or Peppercorn Cristed Black Barrel Rib Eye with sweet potato grits and sizzled jale. For dessert enjoy Dulce de Leche Flan with bruleed banabas and ginger whipped cream. The menu is priced at $60 for food only, $90 including the rum flight.
On Friday, August 21st it’s Tango Night in Roscoe’s Room with Mayte Vicens. Come join us for a beautiful evening of tango dancing, fine dining and live music. Lesson at 8 pm, plus a live performance by U.S. Tango champion Eduardo Goytia with Mayte Vicens, followed by dancing to live music till midnight. Cover charge is $25, with a one-drink minimum; a special Tapas menu will be available. The event begins at 8 pm; please come earlier if you plan to dine with us. Seating is limited, so call 654-6549 to reserve and receive an Early Bird discount. 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. 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