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.

Shanghai Mermaid’s Fairytale Ball

Shanghai Mermaid

shanghai mermaidShanghai Mermaid did it again! The Fairytale Ball was an enchanting night of wonders and entrancing midnight creatures, designed by the incomparable Juliette Campbell. Avalon Jazz Band was a perfect fit for the party for many reasons: first, we are named after the isle of Avalon, the fairyland of the Arthurian legends, secondly many of the great fairytales are originally French (Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty…), and of course, our singer Tatiana’s name means “little fairy”. We just had to be there, and we had such a great time. We played our French jazz repertoire with special guest Jake Handelman on trombone. People were dancing, drinking cooing and having fun, girls were misbehaving, men were being charmed, all this in the beautiful setting of the Down Town Association, one of New York City’s most stunning Edwardian palaces. These prohibition era parties occur on a regular basis and we encourage you to join us next time for the Casino de Paris celebration on April 11th 2015, where we will be playing alongside our friends of the Carte Blanche band. See all the details here.

Above is a picture of violinist Adrien Chevalier and singer Tatiana Eva-Marie in their best fairy attire.

Swing dance Brooklyn

Swing Mondays at Radegast Hall

After the boys went out for a game of ping pong, we all headed to Radegast for our weekly Monday gig. Radegast Hall and Beer Garden in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) is one of our favorite venues, it is beautiful and inviting, and it’s one of the best places to listen to old school jazz and swing. We love to play there because the place has great acoustics and the audience is wonderful ! It’s a very eclectic crowd made up of jazz lovers, hipsters, beer experts and swing dancers. Radegast has a rather large space in front of where the band is, so it’s actually a perfect place for swing dancing in Brooklyn. We often have the pleasure of watching a few lindy hop dancers showing off their awesome dance moves to the live jazz music.

www.radegasthall.com

swing dancing nyc

Swing Dancing at Radegast

Avalon Jazz Band played last night at Radegast. We had a great time as usual ! There was a huge crowd and we had the immense pleasure of playing for some very talented swing dancers. Radegast in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) is a fun place for swing dancing, because there is a lot of space for hopping, twirling and skipping. It’s wonderful to see the revival of lindy hop and swing happening all over New York. It made us feel like stopping by Mona’s soon and playing some oldies for the vintage night owls over there. Fellow musicians from the Sour Mash Hug Band, who came all the way to New York from Oakland for some gigs, came to listen to us last night. They invited us to come jam with them on the West coast in the near future, and as a matter of fact, we will be in the San Francisco area in September, so we’ll keep you posted with what’s going on, dudes.

www.radegasthall.com

www.sourmashhugband.com

Mona’s (on Yelp)