New Avalon CD Paris

Paris! Avalon’s new CD

Avalon Jazz Band’s new CD is brewing, we’re salting and spicing up the sauce with love and care, very excited to present this new repertoire of tunes dedicated to Paris, our beloved City of Lights! In addition to the usual cast of excellent musicians, we have two very special guests featured in this CD: Sara L’Abriola on guitar and Roberto Gervasi on accordion. Sara L’Abriola is a young guitar prodigy who is becoming quite a sensation in the Gypsy jazz scene. At her very green¬†age she has already played with the likes of Stochelo Rosenberg and Stephane Wrembel, notably at the Django A Gogo 2017 festival at Carnegie Hall. Her playing is light and dreamy, with the quick-witted charm and cheeky spirit that embodies the essence of the Parisian je-ne-sais-quoi. Roberto Gervasi is a Sicilian accordionist from Palermo that we met last winter and instantly fell in love with (musically). His style of playing mixes the nostalgia and innocence of the jazz age, the debonair refinement of the Parisian 1930s and the sharp and stylish virtuosity of the bebop era.

The new repertoire will include only songs about Paris, but not the ones you expect. We’ve heard the same old tunes over and over again, but there are so many hidden gems that deserve a brand new life. These are the ones we selected! The lesser known works of famous authors such as Charles Trenet, Boris Vian, Henri Salvador, Paul Miraki, Joseph Kosma and more. This is sure to be a treat for all lovers of Paris and French jazz. Coming out in September!

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)