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“100-year-old jazz standards get reborn.” 

“Potent and assured.” THE NEW YORK TIMES 

“Not many bands have seized the postmillennial early-jazz spotlight with as much gusto as The Hot Sardines.” Nate Chinen, WBGO


Emerging a decade ago from the underground parties of Brooklyn to touring worldwide and recording a string of albums that’s racked up more than 60 million streams across digital platforms, the Hot Sardines’ own “potent and assured” (The New York Times), “simply phenomenal” (The Times, London) brand of reinvigorated classic jazz landed them at the center of a whirlwind. 

With the footlights dark during the pandemic, Elizabeth Bougerol and Evan Palazzo took stock. “We called our last album Welcome Home, Bon Voyage because we were literally always getting on a plane. We were so lucky to have that success, and we were finally able to reflect on it,” says Elizabeth. Adds Evan, “So we said, What do we want to do now? It turned out we really wanted to write and record more music.” The pair started brainstorming via Zoom, and unable to gather their usual little big band into a studio, they focused on a stripped-down sound to record remotely, calling on quarantine collaborators from Los Angeles to Beijing, using very 21st-century technology to record songs written nearly 100 years ago. 

The result is the album C’est La Vie, a bilingual affair whose title track — a Bossa nova original in French — is a timely ode to fully living each moment, even when you don’t know what the next will bring. Unable to travel to her native France, Elizabeth spent time rediscovering early French recordings, so the collection also includes the 1938 gypsy-jazz breezer “J’attendrai” (Dino Olivieri, Louis Poterat), the dark Django Reinhardt ballad “Si Tu Savais” (Georges Ulmer), and “I Wish You Love,” the 1942 standard by Charles Trenet and Léo Chauliac, with English lyrics by Albert Beach. 

A gospel-inflected “Moon River” came about when Elizabeth and Evan were tapped by director Greg Mottola to contribute music to the Miramax release Confess, Fletch, starring Jon Hamm and John Slattery (in which the band also makes an appearance); originals created for the project include the original “Adieu l’amour,” a foray into the sounds of film noir. And “La Vie en Rose” shows up as a hushed duet with Bob Parins, with whom Elizabeth sang his original “Sweet Pea,” a breakout hit from the Sardines’ album French Fries + Champagne. 

With live music roaring back, the pair have returned to touring, are planning their Carnegie Hall debut in 2024 (featuring Alan Cumming as a special guest), and are producing an original show about Fats Waller, the larger-than-life driver of the Harlem renaissance.

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