Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front-woman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines.
It’s a great American success story worthy of the cinema. A born-and-bred NYC actor meets a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam over a noodle shop in Manhattan, and from there the Hot Sardines were born. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play “hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king – with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion. Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, the Hot Sardines’ vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences.
The Hot Sardines will perform two shows on Friday, March 11, at 7:00 pm and at 9:30 pm at MCG Jazz, located at 1815 Metropolitan Street in Manchester. For more information, or to purchase your ticket, visit the MCG Jazz Hot Sardines’ event page.