YouTube can be very helpful if you’re looking for a new band to listen to. Recently, they recommended Avalon Jazz Band, and within a minute of hearing them, I was in love. They’re a band out of New York that does gypsy jazz, reminiscent of Djang Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Quintette du Hot Club de Paris. Their lead performer and the “face” of the band, if you can call her that, is the lovely Tatiana Eva-Marie, a magnificent chanteuse who is equally comfortable singing in French or English. As I say in situations like this, her voice is almost as beautiful as she is. The rest of the band is a fluid combination of musicians, though two of them are usually Vinny Raniolo on guitar and Adrien Chevalier on violin.
Tatiana and the band embody the spirit of the Zazous, the young people of France in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Rather than attempt to explain what that was all about, I’ve started this playlist with an interview with Tatiana and Adrien they did for Bric TV.
- Interview with Tatiana and Adrien, ending with a performance of “J’Attendrai.” They refer to this video, which has been featured here many times.
- “Ménilmontant,” a song by Charles Trenet
- “Que reste-t-il de nos amours?,” also by Trenet
- “Si tu vois ma mère,” by Sidney Bechet
- “Zou Bisou Bisou,” which was featured in Mad Men.
- “Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine,” a standard by Karl Hoschna and Otto Harbach from 1908. One of the more recent videos, made during quarantine.
- “J’ai Ta Main,” another by Trenet, also done during quarantine
- “Bonjour Souirire,” a song by Henri Salvador
- “Fit As A Fiddle,” from Singin’ In The Rain, by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
- “I Love Paris,” the Cole Porter standard
There’s much more information on their website, including links to where you can buy their albums (they have three plus a Christmas album, all available on Spotify and Apple Music). You can connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and, of course, on YouTube. Tatiana has her own YouTube Channel.
That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 29, 2020.