Tatiana Eva-Marie – accomplished artist, actress, and activist – was recently acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the best young singers around” and included in Vanity Fair’s list of rising jazz stars, alongside Cyrille Aimée and Cécile McLorin Salvant. She is also the “front man” for her group Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band.
Tatiana grew up surrounded by music, beauty, and art. Born into a family of professional musicians, she performed regularly in various stage productions including guest star appearances in her father’s band, The Cotton Club Jazz Orchestra.
At 16 years old, she moved to Paris, where she studied medieval poetry at the Sorbonne University during the day, and performed as an actress and Gypsy singer in some of the most renowned cabarets and theaters in France, including the Comedie Francaise. She is a lover of all things vintage and has a blog at followinghermes.wordpress.com.
In 2011, Tatiana moved to New York City, where she founded the Avalon Jazz Band and quickly set her American career in motion. She performs regularly in clubs, speakeasies and restaurants, such as the Soho Grand Hotel, the Standard Hotel, the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More), The Rainbow Room, and The Lambs Club.
Her style of music is a direct tribute to her musical childhood, a mixture of her father’s Francophile jazzy influence and her mother’s Balkan heritage, through which she expresses her passion for poetry, rhythm, swing and the bohemian lifestyle.
Tatiana connects with her audience by adding the zazou element to the mix: an ingenuous and mischievous joie-de-vivre. The zazous were young Parisians who rebelled against the war through dance and jazz (a forbidden music during the German occupation). They displayed a very insolent kind of joy, which caused them to be marginalized and persecuted.
Sh recently released a new album, called “Je suis swing”. The album is a tribute to the Zazou swing kids, the rebels who protested the war through music, dance and laughter. In our own way, we feel like we are continuing this tradition. Paris in the 1930s was a fascinating, bustling place where French jazz was born, through the talents of musicians such as Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, and the emergence of composers like Charles Trenet and Joseph Kosma.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band. They are playing Joes Pub on December 23rd at 7pm. You can also see them play at their Wednesday night residency at the funky salon/antique store, The Keep in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
You are going to want to hear what Tatiana has to say. She is an inspiration! Her goal is to inspire and uplift others through her experiences, her music, activism, and travels.
Find out more about Tatiana at her Web site here. While you’re at it, check out some of Tatiana’s select performances:
Avalon Jazz Band – Runnin’ Wild (Some Like It Hot)
Avalon Jazz Band – I love Paris (Cole Porter)
Avalon Jazz Band – Bonjour Sourire (Henri Salvador)
Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band – Je suis Swing (Johnny Hess)
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