DSO Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill will conduct

Detroit, (February 17, 2017) – International sensations The Hot Sardines will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for a one-night-only Fat Tuesday concert at Orchestra Hall, conducted by DSO Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill (Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador).

Known for their sharp style and electrifying vintage jazz, The Hot Sardines channel the spirit of New Orleans music halls and Parisian cabarets with a brassy, rollicking sound. A DSO Mardi Gras will feature Crescent City classics and a parade-worthy party vibe.

The concert will take place on Mardi Gras: Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

The Hot Sardines formed in 2007, when bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol both answered a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. The unlikely pair—she a London School of Economics-educated travel writer who grew up in France, Canada, and the Ivory Coast; he a New York actor who studied theater at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia—bonded over their love for Fats Waller. Influenced by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday, they began playing open mic nights and small gigs. But by 2011, they were headlining Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center.

In the last two years, The Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, sold out NYC venues, hit more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London, and released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves—plus a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally.

The Hot Sardines’ self-titled debut album, named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of 2014, spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, debuting in the top 10 alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. The accolades began pouring in for the band: Downbeat called The Hot Sardines “one of the most delightfully energetic bands on New York’s ‘hot’ music scene,” while The London Times praised their “crisp musicianship” and “immaculate and witty showmanship,” declaring them “simply phenomenal.”


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