Monday’s Music Moves Me: Introducing the Avalon Jazz Band

Avalon Jazz Band. Source:

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.

  1. Interview with Tatiana and Adrien, ending with a performance of “J’Attendrai.” They refer to this video, which has been featured here many times.
  2. Ménilmontant,” a song by Charles Trenet
  3. Que reste-t-il de nos amours?,” also by Trenet
  4. Si tu vois ma mère,” by Sidney Bechet
  5. Zou Bisou Bisou,” which was featured in Mad Men.
  6. “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.
  7. J’ai Ta Main,” another by Trenet, also done during quarantine
  8. Bonjour Souirire,” a song by Henri Salvador
  9. “Fit As A Fiddle,” from Singin’ In The Rain, by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
  10. “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.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

16 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Introducing the Avalon Jazz Band

  1. John,

    BINGO! You struck this one right out of the park with your discovery of Avalon. I really love their vintage jazz sound! This is some really feel good sounding mewsic. I will have to see if they have an album on iTunes. You referenced “Mad Men”. That was a great series! I hated it when the show ended. I can’t wait to sample your other discoveries in upcoming posts. Have a boogietastic week and thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend.


  2. Well, that was fun. I always loved the french language. It’s not only puts you in the mood for love, but I think it’s fun to listen too & holy cow look at that guy go on the violin and the guitar! I mean, “DAM”!!! Holy Cow, talk about bringing back my childhood days when I use to play the accordion. hahaha All the cousins played the accordion in my family on mom’s side being we were Italian. If there wasn’t an accordion there was no party! hahaha Such beautiful songs John… thank you very much for giving us a little class around here! You’re duh best!!! It’s running late, so I have to move on! Thanks again…


    1. They’re all remarkable musicians. Vinny Raniolo has played with Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola, and I was really surprised to see he was part of this band as well. No matter who’s playing behind Tatiana, they all sound great. And Tatiana is just gorgeous and sings so beautifully… I’m happy you liked them!


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