“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
Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday with us: Watch all the action on our 60-inch screens and enjoy our tailgate buffet of football favorites: Wings Three Ways (Buffalo, Jerk and BBQ), Chili, Nachos and Dogs. $25 per person includes two drink tickets for beer, wine or Rum Punch. Plus we’ll have Happy Hour prices on mixed drinks, games and prizes. Call 654-6549 to reserve.
Thursdays in February enjoy the dynamic Clarissa Sinceno live in our main dining room from 6:30 to 10 pm. A Harlem native, Clarissa was inspired by Jessye Norman, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson, each of whom have influenced her unique style of performance. Her versatility is astonishing: At age 17, Clarissa performed at the Metropolitan Opera, but she has also performed at jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Birdland and the Sugar Bar. She began formal voice training and the study of classical music at the Harlem School of the Arts under the tutelage of Athena Lampropoulous, Frederick Gamble and Betty Allen, then studied Classical Music at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. In 1995, Clarissa toured Japan with the Yusuke Hirado Trio, and in 2000 she toured North and South Korea with the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble under the direction of Bettye F. Forbes. Clarissa performs as a soloist at Marble Collegiate Church, The Riverside Church in the city of New York, Ridgeway Alliance and many others around the world. Clarissa debuted as Mary in the “Nativity: A Life Story” in 2003; her stage credits include performing excerpts from “Porgy and Bess” and “Children’s Requiem” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall. She has also toured with the Tony and Kennedy Award winner Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company in the production “Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray. . .” Clarissa’s recordings include the voice of Eve in “Paradise Lost from the African American Church music series conducted by James Abbington and Garagista Music’s, “Not Just Another Holiday CD”. She has also recorded jingles for Master Charge and McDonalds. Clarissa released her first album, “A Spirit Sings,” in acapella. It was followed by “Live Recording at Ridgeway” and “Simply Me”. Clarissa is currently recording her fourth Jazz CD and continues to perform live with her band aah fro blú. She is having the time of her life singing every genre of music under the sun.
On Friday, February 6th Roscoe’s Room welcomes back Onaje Allan Gumbs. No less an expert than Herbie Hancock says “He’s more than extremely competent… he’s a great musician.”A pianist, composer and bandleader, Onaje has been playing piano since the age of 7. After graduating from Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art and the State University of New York at Fredonia, Onaje landed a gig with master guitarist Kenny Burrell at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, which led to recording and sideman gigs with such artists as Norman Connors, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. He spent two years as pianist, composer and arranger in the band led by the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw. Since then Onaje has worked with other artists including Billy Cobham, Kevin Eubanks, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, and Cassandra Wilson. He has also produced debut albums for vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Gregory Generet and for bassist Kenny Davis. Onaje’s own solo projects include albums (including “Sack Full of Dreams,” a Jazz Improv Magazine pick amongst best albums of 2007) and original scores for films. Onaje is a 2006 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Jazz Artist for his album “Remember Their Innocence.” The Boston Globe observed “There is something elegant in his style, a confident yet subdued air” and USA Today says “Gumbs delivers instrument R & B with a bite.” Two sets, 8 and 10 pm; $20 cover charge.