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The Hot Sardines

  • Local Edition 691 Market Street San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Tickets  ($20)

The Hot Sardines make sounds of early 20th century jazz new again with their spontaneous, joyful, playful music. These New Yorkers play big halls as if they’d just dropped in to a party, throwing in the tap dancer “Fast Eddy” at you who doubles on ukulele. And a trumpet paired with a cornet. And a bass player who doubles on sousaphone. And the hot singer "Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol who can do serious percussive damage with a washboard. The three-man horn section - Jason Prover on trumpet, Mike Sailors on trombone and Nick Myers on clarinet - frequently evokes the kind of excitement that such spontaneous music must have brought to the streets of New Orleans before the first world war. Plus retro costumes and attitude-Dixie, honky-tonk or vaudeville. They perform living music, not museum pieces.

Produced by Eli Wolf (Robert Glasper, Elvis Costello + The Roots), their latest album, Welcome Home, Bon Voyage captures the Hot Sardines in two landmark rooms from their career: a hometown set at the renowned Joe’s Pub in New York City, the first venue to really give the Sardines a home, and the acoustically-magnificent Koerner Hall in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Irrepressible prewar rhythms from the snappily dressed New York combo and the feline vocalist Elizabeth Bougerol.
— The Sunday Times (London), Best Albums of the Year 2016
Simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship.
— The Times (London)
The charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz play big halls as if they’ve just dropped in to a party.
— The Guardian
Earlier Event: September 4
Steven Lugerner's Jacknife Project
Later Event: September 5
Benny Benack Quartet