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Hot Sardines play Toronto Jazz Festival / Q&A

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The TD Toronto Jazz Festival began the celebration of its 30th anniversary on June 24. This year audiences will have a chance to hear more than 400 performances and over 2,000 musicians (expect emerging stars) at close to 50 venues. In addition to ticketed shows, the festival also has many free admission events both indoor and outdoor. The TD Jazz Festival runs from June 24-July 3. In the very first year, the jazz festival had only three "official" venues. It is now one of the finest jazz festivals in North America. The festival draws over 500,000 attendees each year, adding to richness of Toronto's arts scene.

The Hot Sardines play covers from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, along with originals, and even modern tunes like Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love". Forbes Magazine has called them, "one of the best jazz bands in NYC today." Bandleader-pianist Evan Palazzo and singer Elizabeth have been playing together since they answered a Craigslist ad for a jam session in 2007. From small shows to their current tour, they've gone on to play over 100 shows a year. Band members include Eddy Francisco, Jason Prover (trumpet), Alex Raderman (drums), Evan Crane (bass), Nick Myers (reeds), and Mike Sailors (cornet/trombone). Their new Universal Music Classics album - French Fries & Champagne 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.

READ Palazzo's Q&A with