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The Hot Sardines: The Hot Sardines

In the neo-tradition of Squirrel Nut Zippers, 8 ½ Souvenirs and the Puppini Sisters come the Hot Sardines, a band whose record label claims is “reinventing hot jazz for the 21st century.” Reinventing? Not true. Celebrating in high style and with sharp talent? That’s more like it.

The Hot Sardines are a New York-based combo led by pianist Evan Palazzo and singer Miz Elizabeth, and while their music is rooted in the hot-jazz and swing sounds of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s-think Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven, Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday and the Andrews Sisters-they aren’t trying to copy anyone in particular. They’re more paying homage to historical styles.

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