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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 Rocky Middleton Trio (first Saturday each month), the Leslie Pintchik Trio (second and fourth Saturday each month), The Brazilwood Trio (third Friday 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. And on Sundays our Jazz Brunch combines brunch favorites accented with Southern and Caribbean flavors with live jazz.
More on our Featured Musicians:
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.” Their latest CD is “You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!” Hear them Saturday, February 23rd, March 9th and March 23rd.
Jazz vocalist Terri Davis is a regular fixture at our Sunday Jazz brunch. A graduate of Howard University, with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance, Terri was a finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition. Terri has shared the stage with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Lonnie Plaxico, Geri Allen, Carmen Lundy, Cassandra Wilson, Marc Cary, Anthony Wonsey, Steve Williams, David Durrah, Rahn Burton, Bruce Edwards, Bobby McFerrin and jazz ensemble Afro Blue. Performances with the Cotton Club Big Band and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra are among Terri’s list of accomplishments.
The Chip Shelton Peacetime Ensemble performs jazz and world beat music grounded in the “now,” with multi-cultural appeal to today’s music lover: A musical portrayal of a peaceful future world. Chip Shelton serves up his own tasty flavor of soulfully diverse jazz, and audiences can’t get enough of the Coltrane- inspired energy boost they experience. Chip Shelton performances incorporate multi-instrumental diversity, elements of vocal expression, and body expression/dance to resurrect the type of pulsating drive and audience- participation that have characterized many of our most memorable concert experiences. Shelton notes that the flute didn’t start out as a swinging jazz instrument, but Frank Wess popularized it as part of Count Basie’s Big Band, and today Chip Shelton utilizes the entire flute family — from the tiny piccolo, Bb flute, concert flute in C, alto flute, bass flute, (the five-foot) contra-bass flute to the end-blown flute (custom fitted so it can be played in a saxophone position), and ethnic wood flutes. “These instruments are more difficult to play, but I’m willing to work harder to produce these different sounds that people don’t ordinarily hear,” says Shelton. “Since many of these instruments aren’t seen regularly on stage they are real conversation pieces.” Shelton’s varied instrumental arsenal also includes percussion, keyboards, the unique saxophones C-tenor, and C-soprano. Hear the Chip Shelton Peacetime Ensemble on March 15th.
On March 17th Alvin & Friends presents a special salute to Nat “King” Cole on his Centennial. Join us for a very special evening in the Roscoe Room as Cascadu, the Trinidadian vocalist/percussionist, composer, marine scientist and educator, performs with a star-studded Jazz ensemble including Mark Sherman on piano, Rocky Middleton on acoustic bass, Carl Allen on drums, Dave Stryker on guitar and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens on trumpet/flugelhorn. This musical tribute will explore the elegance, sophistication and style of Nat’s life and music, and reflect on his relevance today. $50 per person includes a special prix fixe dinner menu. Reservations a must: Please call 654-6549 to reserve.