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On Friday, February 3rd Jazmyn returns to the main dining room for their monthly appearance at Alvin & Friends. Keyboardist James Farley and Vocalist Inez Wilson put new life into contemporary jazz, r & b, Motown and funk favorites. Jazmyn has shared the stage with some of music’s biggest and brightest stars (from Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson to Peabo Bryson and Stevie Wonder) and performed all over the world, including nine years in Vegas where they called Mandalay Bay their home while performing at Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, the Orleans and other Vegas properties. No cover, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Saturday, February 4th Dinah Vero sits down at the Baldwin baby grand in the Main Dining Room to play some of her favorites. Dinah, a native of the island of Martinique, is a music teacher at the French-American School of New York in Larchmont. She will also be playing at Alvin & Friends on Valentine’s Day.
On Friday, February 10th the Charlie Rhyner Quartet makes its Alvin & Friends debut with Charlie Rhymer on guitar, Art Bennett on alto sax, Mike Migliore on bass and a special guest drummer. Rhyner is a New York area musician and music educator and has been playing music since age 13. He graduated from Emory University with a BA music performance, studying classical and jazz guitar. He then moved to NYC and attended Teachers College Columbia University, graduating with a MA in music education. He performs in and around New York City in a variety of jazz ensembles. He has created and led several bands in Atlanta, GA and NYC, including We Fly Standby and The Sounds That Machines Make, writing, producing, and recording several albums with each group. His bands have played nationally and were active in the Southeast and NYC. Charlie teaches music in Westchester County and is an active performing musician. His most recent CD, Kinhin (2017), includes Joe Izzo on drums and Joe Beerman on bass, and features 7 original compositions and 1 jazz standard.
Alvin & Friends is pleased to welcome the incomparable Tammy McCann back to Roscoe’s Room on Saturday, February 18th for one night only. This classically trained, Chicago-based jazz singer has been praised for owning one of the most luxuriant voices in jazz, with a “remarkable range of color, texture, tone and nuance” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). “She’s got the vocal apparatus of a Rolls-Royce,” observes Francis Kiernan, executive director of the Nelson Riddle Foundation. A student of the legendary music teacher Dr. Lena McLin, McCann began her career singing opera – including the lead in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. At Virginia Union University, however, Tammy began a new musical journey, exploring jazz; back in Chicago in the late ‘80s she collaborated with local jazz musicians and grew as a vocalist; she toured Europe in the early ‘90s, recording jazz and gospel CDs before auditioning for the late, great Ray Charles. Her sumptuous voice earned her a coveted spot as a Raelette and she toured Europe with the iconic singer and pianist from 2000 to 2002. Back in the U.S. McCann has continued to record and perform. She will be performing in New York City before returning to Roscoe’s Room at Alvin & Friends on Saturday, February 18th; cover charge $15.
Great news for fans of jazz pianist Leslie Pintchik, formerly a fixture at the Watercolor Café: She is now appearing at Alvin & Friends twice a month, on the second and fourth Saturdays. On February 11th and again on February 25th Leslie Pintchik Trio returns to the main dining room with Leslie Pintchik on piano, Scott Hardy on bass, and Michael Sarin on drums. “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..” —CDHotList.com (October, 2016) No cover charge, but tables in the main dining room are reserved for those ordering a meal and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
On Friday, February 24th 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 (including one written especially for us, “Alvin & Friends”!) and newly arranged standards from the American song book. From 7 to 11 pm; no cover, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.