Avalon Jazz Band

The Avalon Jazz Band, headed by chanteuse Tatiana Eva-Marie, is a Brooklyn based musical group that revives “Hot Jazz” and “Gypsy Jazz” hits from the Parisian 1930s and 40s.  “La mer” was written by Charles Trenet (1913 – 2001) in 1929. With new words, utterly at variance with the original French lyric, it became an American “hit” in the late 1950s. “Sunshine” (below) comes from the Jazz genius Paul Whiteman (1890 – 1967), who made hundreds of recordings with his band in the 1920s and 30s. The Avaloners endear themselves to me by their straightforward presentations of melodically and rhythmically attractive material from the middle of the last century. There’s no attempt to “update” the material. “Parlez-moi d’amour” (1930) by Jean Lenoir (1891 – 1976) is a lighter-than-air French waltz, which buoys my heart every time I hear it. I also find myself attracted to Tatiana Eva-Marie’s undisguised femininity — which likewise belongs to the middle of the last century.

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4 thoughts on “Avalon Jazz Band

    • Thanks! The Jazzato Band also adheres to the mid-Twentieth Century “feel.” The black-and-white video looks like an out-take from Hollywood Canteen.

  1. How cute! Undisguised femininity is a glorious thing. Everyone in the group seems pretty agile with their respective instruments.

    • Yes. — And everyone seems happy to be participating in the beauty of the music and the lyrics. Notice how everyone smiles.

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