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Formed by bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol, The Hot Sardines sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne on Universal Music Classics 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.

Singer Elizabeth Bougerol and band leader Evan Palazzo tell NPR's Scott Simon Craigslist helped them turn their hobby into a music career. READ & LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT

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