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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 Jazmyn (first Friday each month), the Leslie Pintchik Trio (second and fourth Saturday each month), and the Victor LaGamma Trio (last Friday each month). We’re pleased to add the Peter Hand Trio to that mix this month, along with pianists Dinah Vero and Donburn Wint.
Jazmyn features Keyboardist James Farley and Vocalist Inez Wilson, and together they 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. Hear them Friday, April 7th and Friday, May 5th.
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 April 8th and 22nd and again May 13th and 27th.
On Saturday, April 15th the Peter Hand Trio returns to Alvin & Friends with guitarist Peter Hand, Richie Morales on drums and Santi Debriano on bass. Guitarist, composer and arranger Peter Hand has worked with many top artists and bands including Houston Person, Lee Konitz, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Charleston Jazz Orchestra and the Munich Modern Jazz Orchestra. His most recent album, Out Of Hand, a big band outing (Savant Records), received rave reviews and reached No. 4 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart of top 50 CDs nationwide. Joining him will be Santi Debriano, one of the busiest jazz bassists in the New York area. The son of a renowned Panamanian composer, Debriano 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. Joining them will be drummer Richie Morales, 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, among others. “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
The Victor LaGamma Trio features 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” — click here to hear it) and newly arranged standards from the American song book. Hear them Friday, April 28th and May 26th.
On Friday, April 14th Donburn Wint, aka Donnie Bosco, will play in the main dining room, and on April 21st 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.
On Saturday, May 6th the Charlie Rhyner Quartet returns to Alvin & Friends 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.