Mason City, Iowa – RadioIowa – A New York-based band playing jazz from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s is making a stop this weekend in north Iowa on its latest national tour.
Backed by a piano, a stand-up bass, a full horn section and a percussion section that includes a tap dancer, Elizabeth Bougerol is the lead singer for The Hot Sardines. Bougerol was born and raised in France, while her Canadian grandfather was a band leader during the “hot jazz” age almost a century ago.
She met pianist and band co-founder Evan Palazzo in New York in 2007 thanks to a popular website.
They never envisioned creating a touring band, she says, calling their wide popularity “an incredible surprise.” The music may be eight or nine decades old, but Bougerol says their mission is to make old sounds new while proving cheerful jazz can bring people together in a disconnected world.
The Hot Sardines’ self-titled debut album was named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014. It spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, debuting in the top 10 alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
The Hot Sardines play at North Iowa Community College in Mason City at 7:30 this evening. Call 641-422-4188 or click here for tickets. For more information about the Hot Sardines, check their website at hotsardines.com.