"one of the most delightfully energetic bands on New York's ‘hot' music scene" - Downbeat
"leaders of New York's vintage jazz revival" - CBS This Morning: Saturday
Announce New Album French Fries & Champagne
Available June 17 on Universal Music Classics
"When I Get Low I Get High" Featuring Duet With The Award-Winning Alan Cumming Premiered By Blackbook
North American Tour Dates Confirmed Including
Central Park Summerstage, Newport Jazz Festival + More
Formed by bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol, The Hot Sardines have announced their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne, out June 17 on Universal Music Classics. The record comes on the heels of their critically lauded self-titled debut album, which was named one of iTunes' best jazz albums of 2014 and spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, debuting in the top 10 alongside Michael Bublé and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga.
Broadening its already impressive palette, the jazz collective combine covers and originals as they effortlessly channel New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. Alan Cumming pairs with Elizabeth for a mischievous take on "When I Get Low, I Get High," a song popularized by Ella Fitzgerald. The album title track is one of several originals on the album, including Evan's instrumental homage to his old neighborhood, "Gramercy Sunset," and "Here You Are Again," a woozy, country-leaning track written by Elizabeth. Jazz standard "Comes Love" starts as a minuet before vocalist Elizabeth, singing in her native French, conjures up spirits from the roaring ‘20s. The Hot Sardines even upend Robert Palmer's 1985 classic "Addicted To Love" with Elizabeth's cool vocals and hot horn arrangements.
Produced by Eli Wolf (Elvis Costello, Norah Jones), the collection celebrates the duality of The Hot Sardines with the album title reflecting both their glamorous and gritty sides. Influenced also by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, Evan and Elizabeth began playing open mic nights and small gigs and by 2011, they headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York's Lincoln Center. The band will take their captivating live show on a national tour this summer in support of French Fries & Champagne. In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for their innovation, verve and the sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old. Be sure to catch their mesmerizing performance at one of their scheduled appearances, which includes Central Park Summerstage, Newport Jazz Festival and much more.