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It's a great American success story worthy of the cinema. A born-and-bred NYC actor meets a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam over a noodle shop in Manhattan, and from there the Hot Sardines were born. Bandleader and pianist Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king...with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion. Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, the Hot Sardines' vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences. Forbes Magazine calls them "one of the best jazz bands in NYC today."
The Hot Sardines have a distinctive recipe for making musical magic: take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie it all together with a one-of-the-boys front woman who sings in both English and French with a voice from another era. The brainchild of Bibs and Miz Elizabeth, the Sardine sound fuses musical influences from New York, Paris, and New Orleans that were nurtured from the Prohibition era through the Great Depression, WWII and beyond. "Greats like Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt, Count Basie, Fred Astaire, Mamie Smith, Billie Holiday, the Andrews Sisters, Ray Charles and a full-on melting pot of musicians both iconic and obscure have influenced our style and song interpretation," says Miz Elizabeth, who helps fuel the Sardine mission to transform songs from another era into pop music for this century.
Bibs shares that passion, and together they carefully manage the delicate balance of showcasing old songs – some of them nearly a century old – without being an "old-timey band." Says Evan, "We don't treat this music with kid gloves, or place it on a pedestal to play it exactly as it was...We just play it...as if these songs were written this morning, for today's generation." The dramatically diverse age range among the Hot Sardines' fan base reflects their success at making the classics relevant to current audiences, and Vanity Fair applauds their "unique repertoire, and a sound and style that are distinctly their own."
Their self-titled debut album features a collection of both early jazz classics and original Sardine compositions. Producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Al Green, Elvis Costello & the Roots) has deep respect for the Hot Sardines' musicianship and performance style, applauding their "reverence for the jazz age, balanced with a playful nod to the present." The album marks a defining moment in the Sardines' evolution, which started as a slow burn fueled by a shared passion for music from another era, and escalated as the band's performances ignited the same passion in audiences all over the world.