The Hot Sardines
The Hot Sardines breathe new life into music first made famous decades ago with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and vocals from a chanteuse who will transport you to a different era. On French Fries & Champagne, The Hot Sardines’ new album, the Jazz collective broadens its already impressive palette, combining covers and originals as they effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans Jazz.
Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol met in 2007 after they both answered an ad about a jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. They bonded over their love for Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, and Louie Armstrong…the rest is history. They began playing open mic nights and small gigs and by 2011, they headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Downbeat calls the band “one of the most delightfully energetic bands on New York’s ‘hot’ music scene,” while The London Times praises their “crisp musicianship” and “immaculate and witty showmanship,” declaring them “simply phenomenal.”
“This is music for today, not a museum piece” says Bandleader Evan Palazzo about the music The Hot Sardines creates. French Fries & Champagne reimagines Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as tart tangos, and defies eras by bringing a 1939 Jazz standard “Comes Love” back to the roaring ‘20s. The album celebrates the duality of The Hot Sardines, reflecting both their glamorous and gritty sides. “When we started out as a band, we played illegal parties in these secret spots in Brooklyn. It was pretty down and dirty, and that was one of the reasons we loved it,” Elizabeth says. “Cut to a few years later and we were invited to play with the Boston Pops. We came up with the idea of half the album being elegant and lush with strings, and then the other half is us going back to our roots.”