In just under three years, the Hot Sardines have gone from their first gig - at a coffeeshop on the last Q train stop in Queens - to headlining at Lincoln Center, where they played to a crowd of 6000 on Bastille Day 2011. They've also opened for the Bad Plus and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz.
The Hot Sardines sound â wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around â is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (Literally â the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay resolutely in step with the current age.
The band was born when a stride piano player (Evan Palazzo) and a singer (Elizabeth Bougerol) met at a jam session advertised on Craigslist. Above a noodle shop on 49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, â30s and â40s that no-one really plays anymore. The band gets their French influence two ways, via the early jazz sound of New Orleans and the jazz manouche and French chanson their Paris-born vocalist listened to growing up.
Members of the Sardines collective have worked with a genre-hopping roster that includes Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Lauren Ambrose, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, Of Montreal, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, the New York and Jerusalem Philharmonics, Slavic Soul Party and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra.
Lyrics:I've got the blues I feel so lonely I'd give the world If I could only Make you understand Well it really would be grand I'm simply wild About my baby Asking won't you please come home Since he left I stay worried all the time So baby won't you please come home You know your mama's all alone I have tried all in vain Never no more to call your name When you left you broke my heart Because I never thought we'd part So every hour of the day You will hear me say Baby won't you please come home I need you baby Baby won't you please come home Baby won't you please come home, come on home You know your mama's all alone I have tried all in vain Never no more to call your name When you left you broke my heart Because I never thought we'd part So every hour of the day You will hear me say Baby won't you please come home I need you baby Baby won't you please come home I need your lovin' Baby won't you please come home
Lyrics:Bread and gravy, lots of bread and gravy Beans and bacon, lots of beans and bacon No more frettin' since I've been getting' Lots of bread and gravy all the time Peace and quiet, lots of peace and quiet Friends and money, lots of friends and money No more ramblin', I'm through with scramblin' Keep up with the Joneses all the time Got no reason to be swell And my clothes all fit me well And I wear a nice ring I'm as free as I can be And my honey's lovin' me So I just can't keep from singin' Bread and gravy, lots of bread and gravy Goodnight kisses, my man never misses No more blues now, no bad news now Lots of bread and gravy all the time
Lyrics:Cest si bon De partir nimporte o Bras dessus bras dessous En chantant des chansons Cest si bon De se dire des mots doux Des petit riens du tout Mais qui en disent long En voyant notre mine ravie Les passants dans la rue nous envient Cest si bon De guetter dans ses yeux Un espoir merveilleux Qui donne le frisson Cest si bon Ces petits sensations Et si nous nous aimons C'est parce que c'est si bon
Lyrics:Dinah, is there anyone finer In the state of Carolina If there is and you know her, show her to me Dinah, with her Dixie eyes blazin' How I love to gaze into the eyes of Dinah Lee Every night, why do I quake with fright Thinking my Dinah might change her mind about me Well Dinah, should she wander to China I'd hop an ocean liner just to be With my Dinah Lee Dinah, is there anyone finer In the state of Carolina If there is and you Nothin' could be finer than to be in Carolina Dinah, with her Dixie eyes blazin' How I love to gaze into the Might be just as iffy is we was in Mississippi Every night, why do I quake with fright Thinking my Dinah might change her mind about me Well Dinah, should she wander to China I'd hop an ocean liner just to be With my Dinah Lee
Lyrics:Gotta get my old tuxedo pressed, gotta sew a button on my vest, 'cause tonight I've gotta look my very best, Lulu's back in town. Gotta get a half a buck somewhere, gotta shine my shoes and slick my hair, gotta get myself over there, Lulu's back in town. You can tell all my pets, my Harlem coquettes, Mister Otis regrets, that he won't be around. You can tell the mailman not to call, I ain't comin' home until the fall and then I might not get home at all... Lulu's back in town.
Lyrics:Meet me at the bottom of the bottle, baby My mind's too clear for talking now I've seen you hear before, and I've got no plans to go You've seen me before, but I wasn't alone Put another nickel in the jukebox, baby Play something happy, make things feel light Say you like my dress, I wore it just to impress The man who'd take me home tonight. My mama said that drinking alone Ain't a ladylike thing to do But mama didn't know that my man would go And leave me to drink for two. Meet me at the bottom of the bottle, baby You seem the kind who'd treat a girl right You missed me in my prime But I'm here 'til closing time I'll be yours forever, tonight Now my mama said that drinking alone Ain't a ladylike thing to do But mama didn't know that my man would go And leave me to drink for two. Meet me at the bottom of the bottle, baby You seem the kind who'd treat a girl right You missed me in my prime But I'm here 'til closing time I'll be yours forever, tonight.
Lyrics:Some of these days, you're gonna miss me honey Some of these days, you're gonna feel so lonely You'll miss my huggin', you'll miss my kissin' You'll miss me when I've gone away You'll feel so lonely Without me only But you know Papa You always had your way And when you leave me You now you're gonna grieve me Gonna miss your sweet sweet girl some of these days
Lyrics:I fell in love, first time I looked, them there eyes Youve got a certain cute way of flirting with them there eyes They make me so happy, they make me so blue, No stalling, I'm falling, in a great big way for you My heart is jumping, you've started something, them there eyes Oh, look out if you're wise Sparkle, bubble, whole lotta trouble You're overworking 'em there's danger lurking in them there eyes.
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