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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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Jazz at the Standard Hotel

Avalon Jazz Band performed at Manhattan’s edgy downtown Standard Hotel, located in the heart of the hip Meatpacking District. This lovely boutique hotel with a very modern deco twist on a retro 1960’s look has become a landmark of the New York City nightlife thanks to its famous penthouse discotheque and pool Le Bain. Avalon Jazz Band did not go for a swim this time, but rocketed up to the 18th floor, by way of the hotel’s “heaven and hell” animated elevator, to the oddly misnamed Boom Boom Room. We were all expecting an Austin Poweresque shag room full of orange velvet sofas, red vinyl and disco balls and were extremely surprised to arrive in one of the most stunningly beautiful bars in New York City. It most definitely has a 1960’s vibe, but of refined and tasteful kind, perfectly suited for Don Draper, an Old Fashioned and jazz of course. A hidden gem with a breathtaking view that we recommend to you all! Come listen to us on April 19th.

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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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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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