The Hot Sardines, Pete Lanctot & The Stray Dogs

The Hot Sardines

Pete Lanctot & The Stray Dogs

Thu, February 20, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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The Hot Sardines
The Hot Sardines
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats
Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from
another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. (We haven’t even told you about the tap dancer yet.)

In a short time, the Hot Sardines have gone from their first gig – at a coffee shop on the last Q train stop
in Queens – to selling out Joe’s Pub five times in as many months, headlining at Lincoln Center’s
Midsummer Night Swing, and opening for the Bad Plus, Lulu Gainsbourg and French gypsy-jazz artist
Zaz. Through it all they’ve become regulars at the Shanghai Mermaid speakeasy and turned The
Standard, where they play regularly, into their own “saloon in the sky” (The Wall Street Journal) –
complete with tap dancing on the bar – honing a live persona that’s been called “unforgettably wild” and
“consistently electrifying” (Popmatters).

The Sardine sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in hot jazz,
salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make:
Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (Literally – the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two
members of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay
resolutely in step with the current age. And while their roots run deep into jazz, that most American of
genres, they’re intertwined with French influences via their frontwoman, who was born and raised in
Paris (and writes songs in both languages).

The band was born when said Parisian (“Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol) met a stride piano player (bandleader
Evan “Bibs” Palazzo) at a jam session they found on Craigslist. Above a noodle shop on Manhattan’s
49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that no-one really
plays anymore. Or if they play them, “they handle them with kid gloves, like pieces in a museum,” says
Evan, underscoring a point the pair can’t stress enough: “This music isn’t historical artifact. It’s a living,
breathing, always-evolving thing.”

Members of the Sardines collective have worked with a genre-hopping roster that includes Rufus
Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Lauren Ambrose, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, Of Montreal, Nicholas Payton,
Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, the New York and Jerusalem Philharmonics, Slavic Soul Party and the
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra.
Pete Lanctot & The Stray Dogs
Pete Lanctot & The Stray Dogs
New York Music Daily writes that, "Pete Lanctot personifies pretty much everything good about New York's most happening music scene." His songs are surreal and mysterious narratives featuring sordid casts of characters who’s origins are vague, and seem equally likely to be found in present day New York City, a Memphis juke joint of the 1920s or hitchhiking a depression era plains state highway and steeped in the American traditions of blues, folk and country. Backed by The Stray Dogs, a talented and versatile cast of musicians and improvisers Lanctot’s music is original, rabble rousing, heartbreaking and soul searching, always exploring the non-traditional without relying on reproduction.