music for French themed event

Back to the Barnes!

Yesterday, Avalon Jazz Band performed at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for Comcast’s corporate event. We’ve been to the Barnes several times now, but we are always so happy to go back! It is such a wonderful and magical place, full of art and history. It’s a lovely feeling to perform French jazz in the modern home of masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso and Soutine… we know that we are contributing to bring them and the era they are from to life, and we feel very honored to have this opportunity. We really encourage all of you to discover the Barnes museum whenever you are in Philadelphia, it has become an important cultural landmark of this beautiful city.

On the right is a picture of French chanteuse & jazz singer Tatiana Eva-Marie basking in the famous Philadelphia sun on the Barnes Foundation terrace in her lovely “Des Filles à la Vanille” polka dot dress from Paris.

Barnes Foundation

Des Filles à la Vanille

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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!

French band for wedding

Garden Wedding

This afternoon we performed in a lovely place called Collegeville, beyond the bushes around Philadelphia. We played some swing, French and Gypsy jazz for an intimate wedding in the garden of a beautiful home. The newlyweds marched back from the ceremony as Tatiana Eva-Marie started singing “All the things you are”, which is their favourite romantic song. Among the guests were musicians from the Berlin and Vienna philarmonic orchestras (the groom himself is a cellist) and as classical musicians usually are, they were thrilled with our syncopation and improvisation skills and suddenly wished to throw Schubert to the wind and becomes jazz cats like us. After a great evening filled with swing, home made lemonade and cherry pie, we headed back towards New York. The drive home was a long one and we were all very tired, but we revived our minds and hearts with some Beatles nostalgia, screaming “I want you sooo bad” at the top of our lungs. We are a jazz band with a rock attitude, yes we are.

Tatiana Eva-Marie with vintage car

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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.