Hot Bijouxx performs an energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz, and Brazilian bossa nova. Renditions of Great American Songbook standards are metamorphosized by Hot Bijouxx’s arresting arrangements: A class French chanson marries a sizzling samba. A Europop club hit is transmuted into a feverish, Balkan gypsy anthem. A WWI era blues soars amongst the 3/4 time of a Parisian waltz.
The band features the senstive, ever-creative vocals of Najwa Parkins, who spent nascent years amongst the jazz community of The Deer Head Inn, and has since toured internationally. Hot Bijouxx’s accordionist, Dallas Vietty, is a renowned force in the world of French musette & Gypsy jazz. Ryan McNeely, scholar and devotee of bossa nova, contributes a unique versatility on archtop guitar, while musically gifted drummer Kevin Ripley punctuates the vintage sound with snare and hi-hat. Hot Bijouxx members are currently residing in Philadelphia & Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.
In 2014, Hot Bijouxx is planning a summer tour around Bastille Day, dedicated to the spirit of Josephine Baker. The band is scheduled to return to Bethlehem’s Musikfest for the third year, and wil be back by popular demand for Miller Symphony Hall’s Jazz Upstairs series. Past performances have included Riverside Festival of the Arts, Philadelphia Magic Gardens’ ART/GAGE Street Fair, & Doylestown Arts Festival. They have performed regularly at Easton’s Two Rivers Brewing Company, The Bookstore Speakeasy, & Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
Hot Bijouxx’s debut full-length album, I’ve Found a New Baby, was released April 28, 2013, and is nominated for the 2014 Lehigh Valley Music Awards’ Best New Album.
Former Members:Kristen Jasionowski / VOCALS //