The Hot Sardines
The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. Called “one of the most delightfully energetic bands on New York’s ‘hot’ music scene.“ (Downbeat), in the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport and Montreal Jazz Festivals, sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom and played more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London. In addition, they released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves and a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart worldwide. Bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 having answered a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. The unlikely pair — she a London School of Economics-educated travel writer, he a New York City actor who studied theater at University of the Arts in Philadelphia — bonded over their love for Fats Waller. Influenced also by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, they got their start on open mic nights and small gigs. By 2011, the Sardines headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center and have never looked back. In the hot jazz movement,The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old to audiences both new and old.