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The Hot Sardines set for Mason City & Des Moines / Radio Iowa interview

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Interview with Radio Iowa's Matt Kelley

A New York-based band playing jazz from the 1920s, '30s and '40s is making two Iowa stops this weekend on its latest national tour. Backed by a piano, a stand-up bass, a full horn section and a percussion section that includes a tap dancer, Elizabeth Bougerol is the lead singer for The Hot Sardines. "It's wonderful to listen to an old Billie Holiday record but there's something to hearing this music live," she says, "watching a group of musicians largely improvising on stage and making up this music as they go along." Bougerol was born and raised in France, while her Canadian grandfather was a band leader during the "hot jazz" age almost a century ago. The Hot Sardines play at North Iowa Community College in Mason City on Friday and two shows at the Temple Theater in Des Moines on Saturday.

LISTEN TO Radio Iowa - Matt Kelley's interview with Elizabeth Bougerol