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)

New york hot jazz festival

New York Hot Jazz Festival 2016

New York Hot Jazz Festival

This year’s edition of the New York Hot Jazz Festival was held at the beautiful McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More, which offered the perfect setting for such a swinging, magical event. Avalon Jazz Band’s lineup included two special guests, fellow Frenchman David Langlois on washboard and New Orleans based clarinetist Evan Christopher. We performed on the rooftop in the beautiful Gallow Green garden, which felt like a hidden little forest tree house, softly lit by lantern shine.

To us, this edition of the festival felt like a great big party with all our friends from the trad, swing and hot jazz scene. We got to hang out with Jessy Carolina, Nicki Parrot, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (whose tongue can be admired in the picture above, featured alongside jazz singer Tatiana Eva-Marie), Vuyo Sotashe, Alphonso Horne, Syrie Moskowitz, Sasha Masakowski, and many more artists we admire and people we love. Festival co-creators Michael Katsobashvili and Jennie Wasserman have transformed this event into a truly fantastic and spellbinding day of music, dancing and decadence.

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.

Cafe Carlyle Hot Jazz

Hot Jazz at the Carlyle

Avalon Jazz Band was invited to perform during the late night Hot Jazz Series at the Carlyle. Needless to say we were all absolutely thrilled to play at such a prestigious venue… and we are all huge fans of Woody Allen, who performs there with the Eddy Davis band on a regular basis. We performed the repertoire we call “Tatiana’s Swing Caravan”, which is a musical tableau of Paris in the 1940’s, a fusion of Gypsy hot jazz, French & American swing and Eastern European influences. We were very glad to include Oran Etkin as our guest musician, featured on saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. In the audience to support us were visual artist Syrie Moskowitz and socialite & jazz singer Cole Rumbough, with his family. We are very humbled to have such great artists as part of our regular fan base. Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band hopes to be back very soon for another fabulous night at the Carlyle!

Below is a great shot by Stephen Sorokoff for Broadway World (where you can see the entire photo coverage).

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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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Jammin’ at Mona’s

Since our good friend swing guitarist Romain Constant is visiting from France, we decided to take him out for a night on the town and show him some of our cool New York musical spots. First we stopped by speakeasy/cabaret Sleep No More, located in the beautifully decadent 1930′s McKittrick Hotel, to call on our friend violinist Scott Tixier who was performing there with the Candy Shop Boys. Then, we all headed towards Alphabet City to get some New York pizza slices as a midnight snack before stepping into a time machine and being transported to Mona’s in the 1920′s. Every Tuesday, this famous bar turns into an old school swing jam, led by Mona’s Hot Four, which includes our pal stride mastermind Gordon Webster who performed on our CD “Paris Paris”. Romain Constant was delighted to sit in with them and bring some Django style Gypsy swing to the mix. Below are pictures of Romain Constant and Tatiana Eva-Marie jamming at Mona’s.

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Sleep No More

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Prohibition Night at Apotheke

Every Wednesday night is “prohibition night” at Apotheke, a famous modern-day speakeasy hidden in a small street in Chinatown. Avalon Jazz Band performed 1920′s style jazz with pianist Gordon Webster while the audience boozed, cooched and smootched. It’s the perfect place to discover the art of mixology and pretend you are a floozy out of Boardwalk Empire. New York’s favorite old school French jazz singer Tatiana Eva-Marie sang some sassy tunes, including “Is you is, or is you ain’t ma baby” and “Pennies from Heaven”, in her sleek vintage sequin dress. Tenor saxophone player AJ Kluth joined us for the second set, and the music got wilder, the skirts shorter and the cocktails tastier. While we were enjoying our night of hot jazz and swing inside our little time bubble, on the street outside of Apotheke was Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan shooting his latest music video. This city has enough room for everyone, from hip hop rappers to lindy hop swingers, and that’s why we love New York.

Apotheke

Below is a picture of the whole band at Apotheke. From left to right: AJ Kluth (tenor sax), Romain Constant (Gypsy guitar), Eduardo Belo (bass), Gordon Webster (piano), Adrien Chevalier (violin), and of course, last but certainly not least, our lovely pin-up chanteuse Tatiana Eva-Marie.

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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.

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Jazz at the Lambs Club

This evening we performed for the first time at The Lambs Club, located inside the Chatwal Hotel, the iconic Stanford White designed building that used to be the epicenter of American theater for the 20th Century. The building was originally opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs, America’s first professional theatrical club. While sitting at the majestic vintage looking bar, enjoying a shirley temple and an old fashioned, we could feel the spirits of Charlie Chaplin, Spencer Tracy, John Barrymore and Fred Astaire hovering around us. It was wonderful to perform old style swing jazz in such an important artistic landmark, and we got inspired to try out new French songs which Tatiana Eva-Marie had just added to her repertoire. Among those was a French version of « These Foolish Things », originally sung by Jean Sablon in 1936. It’s funny how the French language can talk about tragic love stories in such a light and playful way.

After the gig we were delighted to try Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s mindblowing cuisine. We were speachless. One dish looked like a fancy twist on green eggs and ham : a pond of lard flavored deliciousness with egg foam on top (yes, egg foam), with frisky peas bathing in it and polenta filled ravioli. It was like paradise in the twilight zone. Incredible. The desserts were equally impressive. We can’t wait to go back and put on another thousand pounds.

www.thelambsclub.com