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Hot Sardines to perform jazz music in Hodgson Concert Hall

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The Hot Sardines will perform Nov. 17 at  8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol combine with the Sardine ensemble-and their very own tap dancer-to play hot jazz and sultry standards from the 1920s

The Performing Arts Center will present the Hot Sardines Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The Sardine sound-wartime Paris meets New Orleans-is steeped in hot jazz, stride piano and the kind of music Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller used to play.

Tickets for the concert are $30-$35 with discounts for UGA students. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400.

The Hot Sardines were born when a Parisian singer, “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, met a stride piano player, Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, at a Manhattan jam session they found on Craigslist. The two discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that no one plays anymore. Or if they play them, “they handle them with kid gloves, like museum pieces,” Palazzo said. “This music isn’t historical artifact. It’s a living, breathing, always-evolving thing.”

The Hot Sardines performed their first gig at a coffee shop on the last Q train stop in Queens. In a short time, they were selling out New York’s famed Joe’s Pub and headlining at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing.

The ensemble features a blustery brass lineup and a rhythm section led by stride-piano virtuoso and bandleader Palazzo. Frontwoman Bougerol, who writes songs in both French and English, adds a Parisian flavor to the performances. The band also includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section.