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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 pianist Dinah Vero (first Friday each month), the Leslie Pintchik Trio (second and fourth Saturday each month) and the Victor LaGamma Trio (last Friday each month). In addition local singer-songwriter Monica Uhm hosts a pop-up Acoustic Coffeehouse on the third Wednesday each month.
Special this month: Piano prodigy Julius Rodriguez on Friday, February 9th, the Brazilwood Trio on February 16th, and vocalist Bob Stewart on Saturday, February 17th.
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, February 10th and again on February 24th.
On Friday, February 9th Julius Rodriguez returns to Alvin & Friends. A native of White Plains, Julius Rodriguez was already making a name for himself in the jazz world as a teen, hosting jam sessions at Smalls and headlining at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Julius has shared the stage with many recognizable names including Javon Jackson, Andra Day, Wycliffe Gordon, James Morrison, Jazzmeia Horn, Dev Hynes, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Wynton Marsalis, Nick Hakim, and more. Currently Julius studies jazz piano at Juilliard and performs at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NYC. No cover charge but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two drink minimum at the bar.
The Brazilwood Trio, led by bassist Geoffrey Morrow, with Robert Aries on piano, Joey Bracchitta on drums/percussion, and guest vocalist Barbara Lewin, presents its unique arrangements of classic and lesser known songs by Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, João Bosco and others. All seasoned musicians, steeped in American jazz, the trio has been working together for many years on absorbing the rhythms of Brazilian music and presenting this captivating repertoire. From gentle bossa novas to energetic sambas, this melodic, grooving collection will elevate your mood. Hear them on Friday, February 16th. No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.
Join us every third Wednesday of the month for our Pop-Up Acoustic Coffeehouse, a night of original music by local artists. On Wednesday, February 21st singer-songwriters Monica Uhm and Bruce T. Carroll will be performing their original catalogues with some covers thrown in for good measure.
The Victor LaGamma Trio will appear in the main dining room of Alvin and Friends on Friday, February 23rd. Featuring Eric Katz on vibes and longtime collaborator Dylan La Gamma on bass, the trio is rounded out by Victor LaGamma on piano. The three perform a varied collection of everybody’s favorite jazz standards, as well as catchy original compositions like the original tune they wrote for Alvin & Friends.
On Sunday, March 4th our Jazz Brunch will feature soulful jazz vocalist Arlee Leonard with Bertha Hope on piano and Calvin Jones on bass. Arlee is a world-class and world-traveled recording artist and vocalist who tastefully weaves classic jazz standards with bossa novas, originals, blues and soul. Ms. Leonard always leaves her audience wanting more as she raises the vibration with her agile 4-octave range and a heart full of love.
On Saturday, March 24th the Play It Forward Eclectic Soul Tour featuring Ace Livingston, Adina Nyree and Brown Baby Girl comes to Alvin & Friends in a special benefit performance for ACT-SO. Since 2013, rising indie soul stars Brown Baby Girl and Adina Nyree have joined forces to create the Play It Forward Eclectic Soul Tour (PIFEST), a music tour to share their brand of simply good for the SOUL music while giving back to the communities that they are visiting. In 2018, internationally known jazz bass guitarist, Ace Livingston, joins PIFEST. For this show proceeds will benefit NAACP ACT-SO, Westchester Chapter. ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its mission is to recognize, prepare, and reward African-American youth who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. It is a yearlong enrichment program for high school students of African descent which culminates in a competition through which youth demonstrate prowess in science, humanities, performing and visual arts, and entrepreneurship. There is a $20 Food/Drink minimum per person per show. Tickets cost $50, and there are two shows: Early Show 7-9pm, Late Show 10pm-11:59pm.