Concert at Joe’s Pub

Concert at Joe’s Pub

During the holidays, we played a concert at one of our favorite New York City venues, Joe’s Pub. We were thrilled to have a stellar lineup for this concert, with Tatiana Eva-Marie on vocals, Adrien Chevalier on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Ian Hutchison on bass. On saxophone and clarinet we had a special guest who often plays with us, Oran Etkin, a musician from Israel known for his eclecticism, influenced by different kinds of folkloric music from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It is always inspiring to play with him and he adds a very special touch to our Gypsy jazz repertoire. We played a selection of 1930s Parisian and Balkan inspired Gypsy jazz tunes, including Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Golden Earrings, C’est Si Bon, and other classic favorites. It never fails, we have so much fun playing at Joe’s Pub and we hope to be back soon! (The lovely picture above was shot by Amos Rose)

CD release at The Iridium

CD release at The Iridium

It’s out, it’s hot, it’s swingin’, it’s our brand new CD “Je Suis Swing”, fresh from the mint! Available for purchase here (at your earliest convenience). We are very proud of this one and poured all our heart and soul into it. Tatiana Eva-Marie hand-picked the repertoire, including some of her childhood favorites, some classic standards and some more recent discoveries. We have gathered a team of impeccable musicians, all specialists of the Gypsy jazz, swing and hot jazz genres, and renowned on the New York City jazz scene.

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Left to right, you’ve got Adrien Chevalier, violin virtuoso; Olli Soikkeli, young guitar wizard from Finland; Albert Behar, accordionist and mixer of the CD; our charming singer Tatiana Eva-Marie; Vinny Raniolo, master of swing guitar; Brandi Disterheft, from Vancouver, and her monster fingers on bass; and Evan Arntzen, and his dreamy sound on clarinet, also from Vancouver. We were thrilled to have our release party at The Iridium, one of our favorite jazz clubs in New York City.

Shanghai Mermaid’s Fairytale Ball

Shanghai Mermaid

shanghai mermaidShanghai Mermaid did it again! The Fairytale Ball was an enchanting night of wonders and entrancing midnight creatures, designed by the incomparable Juliette Campbell. Avalon Jazz Band was a perfect fit for the party for many reasons: first, we are named after the isle of Avalon, the fairyland of the Arthurian legends, secondly many of the great fairytales are originally French (Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty…), and of course, our singer Tatiana’s name means “little fairy”. We just had to be there, and we had such a great time. We played our French jazz repertoire with special guest Jake Handelman on trombone. People were dancing, drinking cooing and having fun, girls were misbehaving, men were being charmed, all this in the beautiful setting of the Down Town Association, one of New York City’s most stunning Edwardian palaces. These prohibition era parties occur on a regular basis and we encourage you to join us next time for the Casino de Paris celebration on April 11th 2015, where we will be playing alongside our friends of the Carte Blanche band. See all the details here.

Above is a picture of violinist Adrien Chevalier and singer Tatiana Eva-Marie in their best fairy attire.

Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum Foundation

avalon jazz band tatiana eva-marie singer frenchThe mutual admiration, cultural and intellectual, between Russia and France has always been of significant importance, and we were thrilled to honor and perpetuate this tradition by performing for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. The event was an award ceremony celebrating the work and achievements of a Russian and American artist, or philanthropist, who has contributed to the Hermitage Museum as a unique cultural institution and one of the world’s greatest repositories for our common human heritage. The Hermitage Museum Foundation Award represents an opportunity to exercise cultural diplomacy by recognizing the many links between Russia’s and the United States’ artistic communities, museum, research, and collecting traditions. The event took place at the beautiful High Line Hotel, that used to be a theological seminary in the XIXth century. We performed in the majestic old refectory and included “Russian Lullaby” and “Bei Mir Bistu Schein” in our repertoire, of course.

The welcome was overwhelming in warmth and mirth and proved once again that Russians have a special talent for celebrating life. Our singer Tatiana Eva-Marie, who has a special intimate relationship with Russian culture and a deep admiration for the Hermitage Museum, which she had the pleasure of visiting as a teenager, was thrilled to be a part of this event and get to dance to the sound of balalaika and Gypsy violin. Above is a picture of Tatiana wearing her Russian scarf from Moscow in front of the beautiful refectory fireplace.

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Festival Sud de France

Since the beginning of time, humans have been drawn like bees to honey to Languedoc-Roussillon. Even before it was named “Languedoc”— language of yes—man has been unable to say “no” to this mountainous, sun-drenched region kissing Spain and hugging the southernmost curve of the Mediterranean Sea.

For three weeks, foodies, gourmands, and gourmets, oenophiles, Francophiles and those who believe joie de vivre is just as important as breathing have the unique opportunity to discover the singular delights and culture of Languedoc-Roussillon in New York.

Avalon Jazz Band was invited to perform at the festival’s kick off cruise down the east river, on a World War II-era Navy Yard patrol boat transformed into a floating restaurant. A delightful tasting menu was prepared by chef Ignacio Mattos, of Estela (nomintaed for 2014’s Best New Restaurant), and paired with wine director Thomas Carter’s favorite Languedoc-Roussillon wines.

Once we got adjusted to the waves and found our balance, we had a wonderful time performing French hot jazz classics while the sun set on our beloved Statue de la Liberté. She is French, you know.

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New York Hot Jazz Festival

The New York Hot Jazz Festival

NYHJbandAvalon jazz Band was invited to perform for the first edition of the New York Hot Jazz Festival, representing the Zazou spirit and the sound of Django and Grappelli’s 1930’s “Hot Club de France”, with songs made popular by Jean Sablon, Charles Trenet and Maurice Chevalier. Tatiana Eva-Marie‘s energy and sophistication brought the music alive with the help of her musical accomplices Adrien Chevalier on violin, Vinny Raniolo on guitar, Adrian Cunningham on clarinet and Brandi Disterheft on bass. The festival was hosted by the lovely Bria Skonberg and the amazing lineup included all the top trad jazz bands in the city: The Hot Sardines, Mona’s Hot Four, The Grand Street Stompers… Just to mention a few.

The festival was a huge success! Visual artist Syrie Moscowitz created a 1920’s live window with pretty girls in gorgeous vintage lingerie, while DJ Michael Cumella blasted hot syncopations out of his gramophone. The festival jam session went until 4am, with New York City’s finest musicians playing all at once. It was hot jazz heaven! Avalon Jazz Band is very honored to have been invited to play at the first New York Hot Jazz Festival and was glad to support the renaissance of trad jazz. Above is a photo of Avalon Jazz Band by Nina Galicheva.

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Gatsby in the winery

Tatiana and DandyLast month we were off to the Hamptons in the scorching heat to perform in one of the most beautiful natural decors ever. We performed on a stage in the middle of a gorgeous vineyard, surrounded by green and luscious grape leaves. Our friend Francois, who was visiting from Québec, was on the gypsy guitar and we performed a mix of Gatsby inspired American standards and 1940’s French jazz, which perfectly suited the fresh and inviting setting.

Our music was highlighted by the presence of the lovely burlesque dancers from Dances of Vice and their “maître de cérémonie”, the stylish Dandy Wellington. Their grace and energy brought sunshine to the whole event. On the left is a picture of Avalon Jazz Band’s vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie in her 1930’s mink hat alongside the fabulous New York City Dandy.

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French Consulate Block Party

Yesterday, the French Consulate of New York invited Avalon Jazz Band to perform an outdoor concert for their block party “A Sunday in Marseille“, celebrating the opening of a new direct line between New York and Marseille. It was a beautiful summer day! People were playing pétanque and kids were dancing around to the music while their parents enjoyed free Ricard pastis and Lillet cocktails. We played some much enjoyed “jazz manouche” (Gypsy jazz) reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s hot club and Tatiana Eva-Marie sang uplifting jazz songs in French from the 1930’s and 40’s. It felt like we had been transported to a street in the South of France and it made us happy and nostalgic. The summer will be full of fun Avalon French-themed events, so keep looking for updates! A bientôt…

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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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Mardi Gras at Beaumarchais

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Join Avalon Jazz Band at the hottest French spot in New York City, Brasserie Beaumarchais on Tuesday February 12th 2013 from 7 to 10pm for a Mardi Gras Dinner Party!

The celebrations of Mardi Gras arrived in North America in the 17th century when the territories of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana belonged to the King of France. Today, New Orleans is one of the Mardi Gras capitals of the world!

It’s a night of decadence! Avalon Jazz Band and lovely singer Tatiana Eva-Marie will be performing New Orleans style jazz and French swing. The dress code is: Anything Goes! Wear your finest masks, softest feathers, sexiest colours and join us for a fun musical evening!