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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 Leslie Pintchik Trio (second and fourth Saturday each month), the Victor LaGamma Trio (last Friday each month) and the Peter Hand Trio. This month we add the George Coleman Jr. Quartet to the mix: They will be performing the first three Thursdays in June.
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 10th and 24th.
On Saturday, June 3rd the Peter Hand Trio returns to Alvin & Friends with guitarist Peter Hand, Richie Morales on drums and Harvie S on bass. “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
Born in NYC, Richie Morales is a versatile player who has performed and recorded with a wide range of contemporary artists such as The Brecker Brothers, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr., Al DiMeola, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Dianne Reeves, Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels, Gato Barbieri, and Herbie Mann. He also leads his own group performing a mixture of Jazz standards and original music. Richie has been a member of the jazz faculty at Purchase College Conservatory of Music SUNY since 2000. He has also taught at the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program.
Harvie S is an award-winning composer, arranger, bassist, educator and producer. He has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera, Gil Evans, Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Toots Thielemans, and countless others. He can also be heard on over 400 CDs as a sideman, co-leader and leader with an enormous variety of artistic voices such as James Brown, Chick Corea, Pat Martino, John Scofield and Dr. Billy Taylor. His 2008 release with jazz legend Kenny Barron, Now Was The Time, was voted best of the year, and his CD Cocolamus Bridge has received rave reviews.
The Eric Katz Trio will appear in the main dining room of Alvin and Friends on Friday, Juine 30th. 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.
The George Coleman Jr. Quartet will be playing at Alvin & Friends on Thursdays in June, 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. For years, he worked as a chemical engineer by day and a drummer by night, working with singer Dakota Staton as well as in groups with his father; not until 2007 did he decide to devote himself to music full–time.