Tatiana Eva-Marie is a Brooklyn-based bandleader, singer and actress. She is best known for her work as leader of the Avalon Jazz Band and was recently included, alongside Cyrille Aimée and Cecile McLorin Salvant, in a list of rising jazz stars picks by Vanity Fair.
Named “one of the best young singers around” by the Wall Street Journal and acclaimed by the New York Times, Downbeat and other renowned publications, she performs regularly in New York and on tour around the world. Past shows include The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, SummerStage in Central Park, Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, The Riverboat Jazz Festival, the New York Hot Jazz Festival, the “Edith Piaf Centennial” at the Iridium (as performer and musical director), Tanzcafé Arlberg Festval, the reopening of the Rainbow Room, concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the French Embassy, the Plaza, the Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, and world premieres of film (George Clooney’s “Monuments Men”, “Age of Adeline”, “Mad Men”…)
Tatiana Eva-Marie frequently sings with pianist Gordon Webster’s swing band. Past shows include The Snowball, the Frankie Manning Tribute festival in Toronto, the London Lindy Exchange at Camden Centre, the Catalina Swing Dance Festival, the Rock that Swing Festival in Munich and the Canadian Swing Championships.
Tatiana Eva-Marie was born in a musical family to film composer Louis Crelier and classical violinist Anca Maria. She grew up in a bohemian and eclectic musical atmosphere and started her career in entertainment –as a theater and film actress, singer, recording artist and model- at age 4, collaborating throughout her formative years with established artists, such as Henri Dès, Gérard Demierre, Francis Reusser, Charles Joris, Jacqueline Payelle, Eugeniusz Korin, and made guest appearances in her father’s big band The Cotton Club Jazz Orchestra. At age 11, she started her professional training at the Theatre Populaire Romand acting school in Switzerland, and then at age 14, at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Tatiana Eva-Marie attended a special high school for young professional artists and graduated early. At age fifteen, she moved to Paris, where she studied English medieval poetry at the Sorbonne University and performed in some of the most renowned theaters in France, including the Comedie Francaise and the Theatre du Rond Point. Tatiana Eva-Marie wrote and directed two musical theater plays, Rhapsodia and The Magic Violin —which were successfully presented at the Avignon Festival— and worked on dance collaborations with Russian-Gypsy dancer Petia Iourtchenko, Persian choreographer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and actor-director Ivan Shibanov, from the Gogol Center in Moscow.
Tempted by the bright lights of the Great Big City, Tatiana Eva-Marie then moved to New York, hoping to further her career in the arts and pursue her initial interest in jazz… and the rest is history.