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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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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!

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Jazzy Birthday Party

Avalon Jazz Band performed in sextet at the Glasshouses located in the Chelsea Art Towers. It was to celebrate the birthday of Alex, a successful business man and a loving father of two very handsome boys. The crowd was mostly Russian (with a few Vladimir Putin look-alikes), and they sure knew how to party. They hired an amazing glatt kosher caterer for the evening, and we were delighted to taste a variety of yummy dishes, with a huge thumbs-up for the lamb and couscous which was to die for. They also had a blini station with some of the finest caviar and smoked salmon, and a mountain of desserts with macarons and chocolate covered strawberries. It was really a fun event, and the French Gypsy jazz and American swing we performed went very well with the atmosphere of the party. A musical bridge between three great nations: Russia, America and France.

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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.

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Music for a wedding in Montauk

Avalon Jazz Band got booked for this Paris themed wedding after the bride to be and her friends saw us at Bar Tabac in Brooklyn. It was a wonderful wedding at the cosy Solé East resort in the Hamptons. We played some French and American swing jazz in the lantern-lit gardens and everyone was having a jolly good time. We brought guitarist Tim Clement along and he added a rockabilly touch to our sound that just made the crowd go wild. There were people dancing everywhere and half the guests were French Canadian, so they were singing along to the classic French songs we played. Below is a picture of the band with the bride and groom, to whom we wish a lot of joy and luck in their future together!

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Tatiana Eva-Marie, French singer for Bastille Day

Avalon Jazz Band was a special guest at the French Embassy in Washington for July 14th, the French National Day, also known as “Bastille Day”. There were over 2000 people invited and chefs from the most prestigious area restaurants offered a buffet of mouth-watering creations: macarons, pâtés, fromages… it was fabulous! A feast worthy of François Vatel. Many people were dancing and it was a lovely event. We performed only French jazz this time, playing timeless classics that the Americans in the audience recognized, and some covers of Jean Sablon, Charles Trenet and Yves Montand which the French audience was suprised and delighted to hear. The Ambassador François Delattre gave a beautiful and inspiring speach, followed of course by la Marseillaise… and champagne! Tatiana Eva-Marie wore her now famous dress and looked like a creature from the past. She was all teary-eyed when the national anthem was played, and dreamt of her bohemian adolescence in Paris. Vive la France!

To read the Ambassador’s speach on Bastille Day, follow this link: http://fr.ambafrance-us.org/spip.php?article3678

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An evening at the New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden, July 19th, 2012 – Avalon Jazz brought Monet’s Garden to life with hot syncopation and Gypsy swing. This tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcased a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. Claude Monet was an avid gardener who once reflected that perhaps flowers were the reason he became a painter. The visitors were able to admire the water lilies made famous by Monet’s brush and explore the legacy of his idyllic garden in Giverny, France, while sipping rosé wine and listening to music.

Hedonism is a fundamental French value, says singer Tatiana Eva-Marie. In Manhattan, people run with their coffee and only think about work, whereas in France, pleasure is considered to be the most important part of every day life. As jazz artists, our goal is to bring a touch of Parisian epicureanism into the fast-paced New York state of mind.

The band members met one another here and there, and everywhere, says Tatiana, it isn’t hard to find great musicians in New York, it is the jazz capital of the world, after all. It can be noticed that Avalon Jazz Band is quite international indeed: Adrien Chevalier on the violin and Koran Agan on the guitar are very true to the Gypsy jazz style made famous by Django and Grappelli in the 1930’s, and Brazilian bassist Eduardo Belo brings a spoonful of tropical flavors to the swing rhythms of the band. Additional musicians for the Botanical Garden concert were Korean pianist Hyuna Park, who brings a slight hint of modern groove to the mix, and drummer Antoine Cara, oozing French charm as always.

The band’s musical togetherness brought a smile to the eyes and ears. Jazz is all about feeling your partners and absorbing their energy, says French jazz violinist Adrien Chevalier, We all became very close friends and every performance is an invitation into our small world, filled with musical private jokes and old school nostalgia. The Water Lily concert was a complete sensual experience: Grass on bare feet, nature for the eyes, the perfume of wild flowers, wine cascading on taste buds, and of course hot French swing for the ears and soul, provided by Avalon Jazz Band and French jazz singer Tatiana Eva-Marie.

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A Taste of Saint-Tropez

Social travel planner website Gogobot brought the French Riviera to Manhattan for one evening at the Brasserie Beaumarchais in the Meatpacking district, and Avalon Jazz Band was there, of course, to set the mood with some very chic French jazz and swing. The event was called “A Taste of Saint-Tropez”, organized by Eleqt and Socially Superlative and very appropriately hosted by the hippest French restaurant in town, known for its crazy Sunday club brunch and its Wednesday Burlesque show.

Below is a photo of the band, VIP style. We had a lot of fun, can you tell?

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Moulin Rouge Party at the Gramercy

Avalon Jazz Band performed at a Moulin Rouge themed evening at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan for the lauching of Clos Du Bois’ new red wine. We played a repertoire of mostly French music, including Gypsy jazz standards and old Parisian songs, while cancan dancers hopped and twirled with the utmost grace and guests enjoyed their Ladurée maracons. All this craziness happened in the Rose Bar, under the watchful eye of masterpieces by Basquiat, Hirst and Schnabel. Apparently, there were celebrity sightings at the party that evening, but we were too deep into our retro jazz world to recognize (or notice) anyone…

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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 ☺

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