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Alan Cumming-Approved Jazz Ensemble The Hot Sardines Drop 'Running Wild' Video: Exclusive Premiere

The Hot Sardines
Joseph Cultice

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines are proof that sometimes, meeting strangers off the Internet can lead to great things.

Bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 in a Craigslist encounter gone right after they both answered an ad about a jazz jam session. Nearly a decade later, The Hot Sardines have settled into their sound, with their sonic influences mapping out jazz's smoke-filled historical epicenters: Parisian cabarets, New Orleans jazz halls, and New York speakeasies. Now with their second major label album coming out next month, The Hot Sardines are more confident than ever. “We found ourselves in the perfect place at the perfect time,” says Evan. "As we explored this 100-year-old [genre of] jazz, we began to look at it as a journey forward, not so much as a look back. This is music for today, not a museum piece."

The title of their upcoming album, French Fries and Champagne, embodies their cares-to-the-wind approach to music. "The old rules -- that champagne goes with caviar, or couture and takeout don't mix -- are out the window," says Elizabeth. "You see it everywhere... fashion, travel, food."

"Just be yourself and do what you like," says Evan. "Which is really how the Sardines approach everything we do."

French Fries and Champagne features "When I Get Low I Get High," a cover of the Ella Fitzgerald song featuring The Good Wife actor Alan Cumming. "When I saw Alan in the revival of Cabaret, I knew we had to ask him,” Elizabeth says. “Turns out he was already a fan of the band, and said yes right away. It was so much fun, and a real honor." Opening track "Running Wild" is equal parts brass and sass, with blaring trumpets and Elizabeth's vocals from a bygone era.

Watch The Hot Sardines make Manhattan their stomping ground in the exclusive premiere of the "Running Wild" video below, and catch French Fries and Champagne when it drops June 17.

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