The Barnes Foundation opening gala
Avalon Jazz Band was invited to perform at the elegent gala that kicked off the year-long celebration of the opening of the Barnes in Philadelphia. Between 1912 and 1951, Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings in the world. The collection includes paintings by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chaim Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh. We brought to life the Parisian and bohemian atmosphere of that time with a swing and gypsy jazz performance, and the audience had the impression of stepping into the past, just like in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. We had a lot of fun, and we got to meet and share the stage with Norah Jones, which was very exciting.