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Paris in the 1940’s

Avalon Jazz Band gave a sold out concert at Joe’s Pub made up of a brand new repertoire with arrangements by Tatiana Eva-Marie and Adrien Chevalier. The idea was to create a musical tableau of Paris in the 1940’s, with American jazz standards popular at the time (Bei Mir Bistu Shein, Caravan, Russian Lullaby), works by famous French composers (Charles Trenet, Joseph Kosma) and French songs that evoke that era (La Bohème by Charles Aznavour). The artistic direction for the arrangements was to mix the East and West and achieve a subtle fusion between Gyspy music (wether Balkanic or Manouche) and American hot jazz. We were very happy of the result and you can visit our YouTube page to view some excerpts of the show.

Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon

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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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Jazz at Le Cirque

Legendary New York City restaurant Le Cirque recently started “Musical Mondays” in their very comfortable and sultry café area. Avalon Jazz Band was very happy to be among the first to perform there! It was definitely in our top 5 most magical New York moments ever. The audience was wonderful and the atmosphere actually felt like an intimate and casual private concert. We were suprised to find out that the area they call “Le Cirque Café” was much more affordable ($38 prix fixe menu) than the usual dining room while offering the same outstanding quality. We think Musical Mondays are going to attract a younger crowd and give a new freshness to this truly magical and authentic place. Their musical agenda is tasteful and fun (obviously, since they programmed us!) and we can’t wait to be back, both as a performers and guests. The chocolate and passion fruit dessert will be enough to lure us back in…

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New Year’s Eve with Avalon

Avalon Jazz Band had a very busy New Year’s Eve, which included two awesome retro-inspired parties, prohibition cocktails, VIP access to Times Square, champagne and cigars, celebrity sightings and a whole lot of silly pictures.

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We opened the evening at Beaumarchais, the trendy French spot in the meatpacking district, where they were having a Great Gatsby black and white party. The sexy hostesses wore their finest flapper outfits, feathers and all, and French bartender Adrien, the best mixologist in town was creating tasty masterpieces. After our performance we rushed to our next destination: Times Square! It was quite an adventure, and a difficult one even with our VIP passes. The police were grouchy (and who can blame them?) and very suspicious of what a violin case might contain on such a night. They almost seemed disappointed not to find a Al Capone’s Tommy gun, but fortunately we were allowed to pass. We even made it on time for our second appearance of the night, the Golden Age cinemascope party at The Lambs Club. Celebrity sightings of the night included Ryan Seacrest and Mario Lopez, who played the role of Slater on “Saved by the Bell” (how fun is that?), and of course our favourite Iron Chef was there, Geoffrey Zakarian, and below is a picture of him and executive chef Eric Haugan with the lovely Tatiana Eva-Marie.

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Holiday Concert at the National Arts Club

New York City is a wonderful place to be during the holidays! The Yuletide spirit can be felt at every street corner: the thousand nightlights, the smell of pumpkin latte in the air, the cold ocean wind murmuring along the busy streets full of Christmas shoppers. Avalon Jazz Band’s musical contribution to the seasonal merriments happened at the National Arts Club, one of the most beautiful specimens of historical New York, located near Gramercy Park. We performed there in our sextet formation with Tatiana Eva-Marie on vocals, Adrien Chevalier on the violin, Hyuna Park on the piano, Michael Valeanu on the guitar, Jérémy Bruyère on the bass and Francesco Ciniglio on the drums. Our repertoire was a mix of holiday swing, standarts and French jazz and we were very warmly welcomed by the audience who were clearly jazz aficionados. We will be performing there again soon!

Avalon Jazz Band & Tatiana Eva-Marie

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Swing Mondays at Radegast Hall

After the boys went out for a game of ping pong, we all headed to Radegast for our weekly Monday gig. Radegast Hall and Beer Garden in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) is one of our favorite venues, it is beautiful and inviting, and it’s one of the best places to listen to old school jazz and swing. We love to play there because the place has great acoustics and the audience is wonderful ! It’s a very eclectic crowd made up of jazz lovers, hipsters, beer experts and swing dancers. Radegast has a rather large space in front of where the band is, so it’s actually a perfect place for swing dancing in Brooklyn. We often have the pleasure of watching a few lindy hop dancers showing off their awesome dance moves to the live jazz music.

www.radegasthall.com

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Avalon in Sextet at OPIA

Avalon Jazz Band’s show at Opia was a success! In addition to the usual quartet, we had the pleasure of inviting an awesome young jazz pianist, Hyuna Park, who just graduated from Queens College, and a great drummer, Antoine Cara, one of Lulu Gainsbourg’s prized musicians. Tatiana Eva-Marie wore her snake dress and left yet another trail of broken hearts behind her. In the audience were many of her former students from Fiaf (French Institute/ Alliance Française) who came to enjoy the French jazz and see if they could understand the lyrics of all the French songs. Opia is a beautiful lounge inside the Renaissance hotel in Manhattan and it is a perfect setting for jazz and swing. The grand piano certainly contributes to the glamourous feel of the place, and the audience can almost feel transported into an old black and white movie.

www.opiarestaurant.com

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Wedding at The Empire Rooftop

Avalon Jazz Band performed at the Empire Rooftop for a wedding rehearsal dinner. There was a lovely crowd and the bride and groom to be were a fun jazz-loving couple. The father of the bride, who performed a song he wrote for the occasion, had seen us perform at Matisse Restaurant and decided we would be perfect for his daughter’s wedding rehearsal. It was a wonderful evening, and the sun began to set while we were playing « C’est si bon », a French song made famous by Yves Montand, and now an international jazz classic. Towards the end of the night, the Avalon boys started pointing frantically at a man with a moustache while Tatiana wondered what the fuss was about. Then she realised the moustached man was none other than Bill Murray, a close friend of the bride’s dad. Bill Murray is now a proud owner of Avalon Jazz Band’s latest CD « Paris Paris ». We are all big fans ☺

www.empirehotelnyc.com

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Swing Dancing at Radegast

Avalon Jazz Band played last night at Radegast. We had a great time as usual ! There was a huge crowd and we had the immense pleasure of playing for some very talented swing dancers. Radegast in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) is a fun place for swing dancing, because there is a lot of space for hopping, twirling and skipping. It’s wonderful to see the revival of lindy hop and swing happening all over New York. It made us feel like stopping by Mona’s soon and playing some oldies for the vintage night owls over there. Fellow musicians from the Sour Mash Hug Band, who came all the way to New York from Oakland for some gigs, came to listen to us last night. They invited us to come jam with them on the West coast in the near future, and as a matter of fact, we will be in the San Francisco area in September, so we’ll keep you posted with what’s going on, dudes.

www.radegasthall.com

www.sourmashhugband.com

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It’s always sunny in Philadelphia

Last night Avalon Jazz Band returned to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where we were invited to perform some swing and French jazz for an important corporate event. The museum was beautifully decorated with big bouquets of sunflowers and the staff was mixing lavender cocktails: summer was definitely in the air. We were very warmly welcomed and well taken care of, and it is always a delight to perform at the Barnes Foundation. We were glad to be spoiled by the chef (sadly we did not catch his name), who made us taste all his beautiful dishes. We devoured the abundance of scallops and perfectly cooked meat he generously nudged our way.

Avalon Jazz Band at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

On this trip to Philadelphia, we brought upcoming French violinist Scott Tixier along for the ride. The more the merrier! Indeed, Adrien Chevalier was happy to find someone who could at last understand (and appreciate) his French humour. While twirling their metaphorical moustaches and drinking their Bordeaux together, they actually found out that they had the same violin, a Collin-Mezin. We were thrilled to have Scott Tixier with us and hope to include him again in our musical wanderings. Tomorrow Avalon Jazz Band is off to Philadelphia again, for a performance at a wedding this time. We love you, Philly!

www.barnesfoundation.org

www.scotttixier.com