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New York City Opera gala at the Plaza

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Last Thursday, Avalon Jazz Band was invited to give a private concert during the annual New York City Opera gala that took place at the Plaza Hotel. We performed on the stage of the sumptuous and iconic Grand Ballroom, which is truly a perfect setting for old school jazz. The Plaza Hotel was opened in 1907 and was the scene of many wild parties and grand weddings or celebrations during the jazz golden age. The music felt like it really belonged there, and it was very inspiring to us.

The two stars of La Périchole were in high spirits and decided to sing a couple of tunes with us! French-born mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand gave a very emotional rendition of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose” and tenor Philippe Talbot tackled “Padam padam” with vehemence and passion that made all the ladies in the audience swoon. It was a fun night, in a ballroom packed with music lovers and experts who let their hair down and danced to the sound of hot French swing.

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The Manderley Bar: Sleep No More!

Avalon Jazz Band got to experience the hype first hand by performing a few times at the notorious Manderley Bar inside the haunted McKittrick Hotel, home of award-winning show Sleep No More. As soon as you walk in you are transported into another era: everything is red, everything is beautiful, everything is deliciously vintage, with a slight gothic touch. When you look around and see a bunch of people wearing “eyes wide shut” Venetian masks, it suddenly makes you feel hip and naughty. The decor obviously fit Avalon Jazz Band’s singer Tatiana Eva-Marie like a glove, and she got the audience howling like wolves out of a Tex Avery cartoon. Below is a picture of the band backstage: Kyle Schweitzer on the saxophone, Jeremy Bruyere on the bass, Gordon Webster on the piano and Adrien Chevalier on the guitar. Don’t miss our next performance at the Manderley Bar, it’s a great place to come listen to old school jazz.

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Jazz at the Standard Hotel

Avalon Jazz Band performed at Manhattan’s edgy downtown Standard Hotel, located in the heart of the hip Meatpacking District. This lovely boutique hotel with a very modern deco twist on a retro 1960’s look has become a landmark of the New York City nightlife thanks to its famous penthouse discotheque and pool Le Bain. Avalon Jazz Band did not go for a swim this time, but rocketed up to the 18th floor, by way of the hotel’s “heaven and hell” animated elevator, to the oddly misnamed Boom Boom Room. We were all expecting an Austin Poweresque shag room full of orange velvet sofas, red vinyl and disco balls and were extremely surprised to arrive in one of the most stunningly beautiful bars in New York City. It most definitely has a 1960’s vibe, but of refined and tasteful kind, perfectly suited for Don Draper, an Old Fashioned and jazz of course. A hidden gem with a breathtaking view that we recommend to you all! Come listen to us on April 19th.

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