mona’s nyc

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.

Mona’s Hot 4

Sleep No More

Gordon Webster

jazz band philadelphia

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!

www.barnesfoundation.org

www.scotttixier.com