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The Hot Sardines

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The Hot Sardines were born when a guy and a girl met at an open vintage-jazz jam session advertised on Craigslist. Between two noodle shops on 49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, '30s and '40s that no one really plays anymore, from salty stride tunes by Fats Waller, obscure foot-stompers by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Fives. The guy (Evan Palazzo) and the girl (Elizabeth Bougerol) found a few more kindred spirits - trumpeter Jason Prover, clarinetist/saxophonist Peter Anderson, drummer Justin Hines, and tap-dancer Eddy "The Kid" Francisco - and began creating a sound they've come to call "liquor-drinking music": Hot jazz, Dixieland, and gut-bucket blues with vocals in English and French, invoking the sounds of a near-century ago, but resolutely in step with the current age.

 

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