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The Hot Sardines have been tearing up New York with their salty mix of zinging strings, blustery horns and Fats Waller-style stride piano. This debut album shows why. Whether covering such early jazz classics as Your Feet's Too Big and Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, a song made popular by The Andrews Sisters, or delivering authentic sounding originals including the enchanting Wake Up in Paris, the octet channel the spirit of the Twenties to the Forties with love and healthy irreverence. Frontwoman Miz Elizabeth is sassy and compelling in both French and English and the rhythms are playful and boisterous, variously recalling Satchmo, Dixieland and brown liquor during Prohibition. The Hot Sardines play the EFG London Jazz Festival at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room on November 15. Expect tap dancing. - Jane Cornwell