Take a blustery brass front line, add salty stride piano in the timeless image of Fats Waller and a frontwoman with the attitude and style of a 30s cabaret diva and you have The Hot Sardines in a seashell. And that’s not to mention the tap dancer!
With just a few tickets remaining for The Hot Sardines concert on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm, Saffron Hall is delighted to announce a 3pm matinee performance ahead of the evening show.
Described by Forbes Magazine as ‘one of the best jazz bands in New York today’, the Sardine sound is steeped in hot jazz, gypsy swing – a slice of between-the-wars Paris via New Orleans.
London audiences were the first to learn about the Sardines’ star quality at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014. Their two sold-out shows were flashy, fun and had the audience quite literally dancing in the aisles. The rest of the UK got a glimpse of the magic when they performed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. Now, the Sardines are back with a new show, Champagne & French Fries (the title of their forthcoming second album), for a UK-wide tour, including two Saffron Hall performances on Saturday 4 June.
The Sardines’ marriage of early-American jazz with the mischievous twist of French culture is unique and infectious. Parisian-born frontwoman Miz Eliz sings eloquently and effortlessly in both French and English – and sometimes in Mandarin, just for fun (Chinatown, My Chinatown –Jerome / Schwartz, 1910) – and also writes original songs in both languages.
The Hot Sardines’ 2014 self-titled debut on Decca was named in iTunes ‘Best of Year’ list.
‘Their live show was simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship. No detail was left undone, right down to the politely frenzied tap dancing of Edwin “Fast Eddy” Francisco. What a treat. (****The Times)
‘A sound and style that are distinctly their own’ (Vanity Fair) ‘Unforgettably wild, consistently electrifying. A live music powerhouse’ (Popmatters)
‘Elizabeth Bougerol, born in Paris, has a sweet and soulful voice that brings to mind jazz singers working in similar idioms, like Madeleine Peyroux and Cyrille Aimée’ (The New York Observer)
The Hot Sardines at Saffron Hall Saturday 4 June 3pm (new show added) 7.30pm (very limited availability)
Tickets £10-£25 on sale now