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Hot Bijouxx: left to right, Kevin Ripley, Dallas Vietty, Najwa Parkins, Ryan McNeely

Hot Bijouxx: left to right, Kevin Ripley, Dallas Vietty, Najwa Parkins, Ryan McNeely 
Bio

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.

Hot Bijouxx

Members

Najwa Parkins / vocals Dallas Vietty / accordion Ryan McNeely / guitar Kevin Ripley / snare & hi-hat

Musical style

A unique blend of early 20th-century American hot jazz, French gypsy swing- waltz, and Brazilian bossa nova.

Discography

I’ve Found a New Baby Release date: April 28, 2013

Nominated for 2014 Lehigh Valley Music Awards’ Best New Album

Cover image of Hot Bijouxx's debut release, "I've Found a New Baby," released April 28, 2013

Cover image of Hot Bijouxx’s debut release, “I’ve Found a New Baby,” released April 28, 2013

Location

Members currently reside in eastern Penn- sylvania: Philadelphia & the Lehigh Valley.

Publications
 
  • “Dallas and Kristen of Hot Bijouxx were equally charismatic with their hot melange of Parisian waltz… Yeah, you don’t need to know French to say “Ooh la la” when you hear them. Her perfumed voice and his sentimental swing on the accordion match well with your favorite wine.”
    The Morning Call, A Lehigh Valley Christmas: A Show as Eclectic as its Community

 

Testimonials
          • “Kristen Jasionowski’s silky smooth voice has just the right combo of sass and cool, while acclaimed accordionist, Dallas Vietty, can lay down a bounce and groove that Django himself might envy. Imagine an accordion-led Squirrel Nut Zippers covering Lady GaGa, and you will have some idea of Hot Bijouxx’s unique sound.”
            Shaun Ellis, organizer, Soupcon Salon
          • “Hot Bijouxx! I saw them at the LV Xmas show at Allentown Symphony Hall a week ago, they are my new favorite local band!!! I cant wait to catch them again!!!”
            Andy Killcoyne, guitarist, Maria Woodford Band

 

Contact:

Hot Bijouxx
media inquiries / contact Kristen Jas / 267-251-6532
booking inquiries / contact Dallas Vietty / 215-801-5368
hotbijouxx@gmail.com
http://hotbijouxx.com / http://facebook.com/hotbijouxx / http://twitter.com/hotbijouxx

Gig Sheet

Gig Sheet

2014

Upcoming

Rodale Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA

SUMMER TOUR: In the Spirit of Josephine Baker Bo’s, NYC

Left Bank Home, Frenchtown, NJ

Past

Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA Two Rivers Brewing Company, Easton, PA The Bookstore Speakeasy, Bethlehem, PA

2013

Two River’s Brewing Company, Easton, PA Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA Riverside Festival of the Arts, Easton, PA Doylestown Arts Festival, Doylestown, PA Fonthill Brewery Festival, Doylestown, PA Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA

Live in the Square Concert Series, Easton, PA Grand Eastonian Suites, Easton, PA

Rodale Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA L’Etage, Philadelphia, PA

Radio concert & interview, WDIY, Bethlehem, PA Golden Pheasant Inn, Erwinna, PA

ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA

The Bookstore Speakeasy, Bethlehem, PA

2012

Lehigh Valley Christmas, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA

Maxim’s 22, Easton, PA

Doylestown Arts Festival, Doylestown, PA Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA

Brisketlab, NYC

ART/GAGE Festival, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Soupçon Salon, City Market, Lambertville, NJ ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA

Concert on the Bricks, Stockton Inn, Stockton, NJ Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Fiume, Philadelphia, PA

DeAnna’s, Lambertville, NJ

The Bookstore Speakeasy, Bethelehem, PA

 



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