New Avalon CD Paris

Paris! Avalon’s new CD

Avalon Jazz Band’s new CD is brewing, we’re salting and spicing up the sauce with love and care, very excited to present this new repertoire of tunes dedicated to Paris, our beloved City of Lights! In addition to the usual cast of excellent musicians, we have two very special guests featured in this CD: Sara L’Abriola on guitar and Roberto Gervasi on accordion. Sara L’Abriola is a young guitar prodigy who is becoming quite a sensation in the Gypsy jazz scene. At her very green age she has already played with the likes of Stochelo Rosenberg and Stephane Wrembel, notably at the Django A Gogo 2017 festival at Carnegie Hall. Her playing is light and dreamy, with the quick-witted charm and cheeky spirit that embodies the essence of the Parisian je-ne-sais-quoi. Roberto Gervasi is a Sicilian accordionist from Palermo that we met last winter and instantly fell in love with (musically). His style of playing mixes the nostalgia and innocence of the jazz age, the debonair refinement of the Parisian 1930s and the sharp and stylish virtuosity of the bebop era.

The new repertoire will include only songs about Paris, but not the ones you expect. We’ve heard the same old tunes over and over again, but there are so many hidden gems that deserve a brand new life. These are the ones we selected! The lesser known works of famous authors such as Charles Trenet, Boris Vian, Henri Salvador, Paul Miraki, Joseph Kosma and more. This is sure to be a treat for all lovers of Paris and French jazz. Coming out in September!

jazz centennial 2017

Celebrating the Jazz Centennial

Hot Jazz Hands! On February 26th, we celebrated the centennial of the beginning of the Jazz Age with the recording of “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in front of where it happened exactly 100 years ago, at the former studios of Victor Talking Machine Company on 46 W 38th St. What a company! DJ Michael Cumella played the record that started it all on his beautiful antique phonograph, while Tatiana Eva-Marie danced around with Don Spiro of Wits End and Miss Art Deco 2016 Dandy Dillinger, of The Repeal Society. This commemoration was organized by Michael Katsobashvili, the creator of the New York Hot Jazz Festival. (Photo credit Nina Galicheva)

The Original Dixieland Jass Band was fronted by cornetist Nick LaRocca, with Eddie Edwards on trombone, Larry Shields on clarinet, Henry Ragas on piano, and Tony Sbarbaro on drums. They had just picked up a steady gig at Reisenweber’s Café, near Columbus Circle, where Jazz at Lincoln Center is now located! They were an immediate sensation and their record selled like hot cakes: nearly every person who owned a phonograph in 1917 owned that record. This rowdy recording of instruments imitating barnyard animals over loud and fast syncopated music heralded in what we now call the Jazz Age.