Happy International Jazz Day 2017! And Now, a Playlist from Bibs

When Bibs checked his calendar and saw April 30 was International Jazz Day, he felt a playlist coming on. Check it! Bibs’ 100 Years of Jazz, Vol. 1 is on Spotify, below. Volume 2 coming soon!

Included: Ethel Waters, Louis Prima, Jelly Roll Morton, Catherine Russell, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Earl Hines, Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Anita O’Day

Hot Sardines Join Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party

The Hot Sardines are thrilled to bring their “liquor-drinking jazz”’ to Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on March 11. Called “joyous and foolish and graceful” by the New York Times, the Fats Waller Dance Party is a riotous celebration fusing early jazz with Motown, hip-hop and house.

Created in 2011, the Fats Waller Dance Party brings the party atmosphere of Waller’s performances in the 1920s and 1930s to a generation that’s gotten used to thinking of jazz as a serious genre. Moran explained, “Having a Fats Waller Dance Party is trying to understand how music engages an audience that shows up to actually get down, you know, not sit in a chair.”


Summer dates for the French Fries & Champagne summer tour have been announced. All info at


  • 5/13: FLINT, MI. The Whiting. tickets
  • **SOLD OUT** 5/14: BROOKFIELD, WI. Harris Theater, Wilson Center. tickets
  • **LIMITED AVAILABILITY** 5/17: MADISON, WI. Capitol Theater. tickets
  • 6/5: OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM. Oxford New Theatre. tickets
  • 6/6: SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM. Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. tickets
  • 6/7: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. Ronnie Scott’s. **SOLD OUT** 7:30P; 2nd show at 10:15P. tickets
  • 6/8: DUBLIN, IRELAND. National Concert Hall. tickets
  • 6/9: CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM. New Theatre. tickets
  • 6/25: NEW YORK, NY. Central Park SummerStage. info
  • 6/28: PHILADEPHIA, PA. World Cafe Live. tickets
  • 6/30: MONTREAL, QCMontreal Jazz Fest FREE SHOW TBA
  • 7/1: DETROIT, MI. Jazz Cafe At Music Hall. tickets TBA
  • 7/2: TORONTO, ON Toronto Jazz Fest INFO TBA
  • 7/3: OTTAWA, ON Ottawa Jazz Fest INFO TBA
  • 7/6: PARIS, FRANCE. Le Petit Journal Montparnasse. tickets TBA
  • 7/8: ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. North Sea Jazz Festival. tickets
  • 7/9: MILAN, ITALY. Teatro dell’arte Garden. FREE outdoor concert – details TBA
  • 7/11-17: ISTANBUL, TURKEY. Istanbul Jazz Festival. tickets TBA
  • 7/29: PORTSMOUTH, NH. The Music Hall. tickets
  • 7/30: NEWPORT, RI. NEWPORT JAZZ FEST, Fort Adams State Park. tickets
  • 7/31: CANADENSIS, PA. The Skytop Lodge. tickets