Photos: 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival

This year's musical stroll down memory lane featured Kat Edmonson, Vince Giordano, Eddy Davis, and more

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the royally retro sights and sounds of the New York Hot Jazz Festival took over the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea for the second straight year (the festival itself is now six years old). On three stages, artists like Kat Edmonson, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Mwenso and the Shakes, Queen Esther, and Banjo Hall of Famer Eddy Davis harked back to the jazz eras before bebop with vibrant performances that maintained a direct line to the here and now. JT photographer Alan Nahigian was there to capture all the action—as he was for last year’s Hot Jazz Fest, and the one before that. To find out more about the festival, visit its official website, where you can also find info on related upcoming events.

Olivier Franc (soprano saxophone) and Jean Baptiste Franc (piano) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Olivier Franc (soprano saxophone) and Jean Baptiste Franc (piano) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Vintage Victrolas under the command of Michael Cumella (a.k.a. DJ MAC) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Vintage Victrolas under the command of Michael Cumella (a.k.a. DJ MAC) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Queen Esther (center) with Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Sean Cronin (bass), and Charlie Halloran (trombone) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Queen Esther (center) with Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Sean Cronin (bass), and Charlie Halloran (trombone) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Olli Soikkeli at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Olli Soikkeli at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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The Xylopholks (L to R: Sean Cronin and Jonathan Singer) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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The Xylopholks (L to R: Sean Cronin and Jonathan Singer) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (L to R: Will Anderson, Mark Lopeman, Arnt Arntzen, Vince Giordano) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (L to R: Will Anderson, Mark Lopeman, Arnt Arntzen, Vince Giordano) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Evan Christopher at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Evan Christopher at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Kat Edmonson performs with Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Kat Edmonson performs with Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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The Sugartone Brass Band (Conor Elms: bass drum, Kenny Bentley: sousaphone, Scott Bourgeois: tenor saxophone) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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The Sugartone Brass Band (Conor Elms: bass drum, Kenny Bentley: sousaphone, Scott Bourgeois: tenor saxophone) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Banjo summit at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival—L to R: Mike Weatherly, Cynthia Sayer, Eddy Davis, and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Banjo summit at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival—L to R: Mike Weatherly, Cynthia Sayer, Eddy Davis, and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Evan Arntzen and Scout dance to Jerrod "Blind Boy" Paxton's banjo at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Evan Arntzen and Scout dance to Jerrod "Blind Boy" Paxton's banjo at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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The Avalon Jazz Band, with Tatiana Eva-Marie on vocals and Jason Anick on violin, at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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The Avalon Jazz Band, with Tatiana Eva-Marie on vocals and Jason Anick on violin, at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Vuyo Sotashe of Mwenso & the Shakes at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Vuyo Sotashe of Mwenso & the Shakes at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Evan Palazzo of the Hot Sardines at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Evan Palazzo of the Hot Sardines at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Elizabeth Bourgerol and A.C. Lincoln of the Hot Sardines lead a dance at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Elizabeth Bourgerol and A.C. Lincoln of the Hot Sardines lead a dance at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Dave Neigh (a.k.a. the Tuba Machine) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Dave Neigh (a.k.a. the Tuba Machine) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Jon-Erik Kellso of John Gill's New Eureka Jass Band at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Jon-Erik Kellso of John Gill's New Eureka Jass Band at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Conal Fowkes (piano), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet), John Gill (banjo), Eddy Davis (banjo), Charlie Halloran (trombone), Scout and A.C. Lincoln (dancers) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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Conal Fowkes (piano), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet), John Gill (banjo), Eddy Davis (banjo), Charlie Halloran (trombone), Scout and A.C. Lincoln (dancers) at the 2018 New York Hot Jazz Festival (photo: Alan Nahigian)
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