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Part of the Alvin & Friends experience is great music to complement our great food, and we’re proud to present a regular roster of truly outstanding musicians who appear each month, including the George Coleman Jr. Quartet on Thursdays, the Leslie Pintchik Trio (second and fourth Saturday each month), the Victor LaGamma Trio (last Friday each month) and the Peter Hand Trio.
Jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik, formerly a fixture at the late lamented Watercolor Café, now appears at Alvin & Friends twice a month, with Scott Hardy on bass and Michael Sarin on drums. As CDHotlist.com noted in October, 2016, “Pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik is one of the finest bandleaders in the field of straight-ahead jazz right now, someone who not only writes with inventive wit and a keen melodic sense, but who also consistently draws the best out of her band members — and she plays piano like a combination of Bud Powell and Bill Evans, impressionistic without being arty, tunefully direct without being simplistic.” Hear them Saturday, June 24th, July 8th and July 22nd.
The George Coleman Jr. Quartet will be playing at Alvin & Friends on Thursdays in July, with George on drums, Paul Odeh on piano, Al McCabe on tenor sax and Chris Haney on bass. George Coleman, Jr., whom the late great Billy Higgins called “one of the most talented and creative young drummers on the New York scene,” was born into the music. The son of tenor saxophonist George Coleman and organist Gloria Coleman, George Jr. received his first drum set from Max Roach and went on to study with Sam Ulano, Michael Carvin, Harold Mabern, and Jamil Nasser.
On Saturday, July 15th the Peter Hand Trio returns to Alvin & Friends with guitarist Peter Hand, Santi Debriano on bass and Chip White on drums. “Hand is a wonderful guitarist in the vein of a Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and the like with a definite blues sensibility” — Jazz & Blues Report “When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it” – Downbeat
New York-based drummer and composer Chip White has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists, including Carmen McCrae, Chet Baker, Claudio Roditi, James Moody, Tom Waits, Houston Person and Etta Jones, and Savion Glover among many others. Mr. White has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and the Caribbean, including performing at festivals and on jazz cruises with the Houston Person and Etta Jones Quintet, and since 2001 with the Houston Person Quartet. He has also performed on television shows such as What’s My Line?, Saturday Night Live and Live at Five. He is a leader of his own groups and has recorded four albums featuring his original compositions and lyrics — Harlem Sunset, Music and Lyrics, Double Dedication and More Dedications. The Chip White Ensemble has performed at Dizzy’s Coca Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lenox Lounge, John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, The Blue Note, Birdland, Trumpets, the Hartford Jazz Festival and Vassar College. Mr. White has also written a book of poems about jazz musicians entitled I’m Just the Drummer in the Band.
The son of a renowned Panamanian composer, Santi Debriano is one of the busiest jazz bassists in the New York area. He has worked with Don Pullen, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Chucho Valdés, Larry Coryell and Randy Weston. As a member of the Archie Shepp Quartet he was featured on four albums, appearing in the documentary film Imagine the Sound, and spent three years with the Sam Rivers Trio. Debriano led a two-bass quintet, played Latin music as a member of the Panamaniacs, and leads Circlechant, a group that includes Brazilian pianist Helio Alves, Mos Def drummer Will Calhoun, and saxophonist Abraham Burton. Debriano was also the music director for arts at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, NJ, and received an award for jazz education from NYU.
On Friday, July 21st All About the Blues Band comes to Roscoe’s Room, playing its unique brand of straight blues, Chicago-style with a bit of New Orleans and Texas thrown in. Their repertoire includes tunes by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, T-Bone Walker, Howlin’ Wolf, Professor Longhair and others. The band features Jasun Martz on drums, Rich Izzo on bass, Bob Wilder and Jeff Main on guitar and Kevin Ryan on harp. Two sets, 8 pm and 10 pm; cover charge is $10 for one set, $15 for both. Come early to enjoy dinner before the show.
While Victor LaGamma is out of town the Eric Katz Trio will appear in the main dining room of Alvin and Friends on Friday, July 28th. Featuring Eric Katz on vibes and longtime collaborator Dylan La Gamma on bass, the trio is rounded out by drummer Jon Doty. The three perform together regularly in a variety of groups, most notably with the Victor La Gamma Quartet every month at Alvin and Friends. They play a varied collection of everybody’s favorite jazz standards, as well as catchy original compositions.