THE HOT SARDINES
8 p.m. Wildwood Park. $20-$75
So Hot Jazz is what all the kids are into these days. Forget about your bebop and your cool jazz and your hard bop and your paint-peeling free jazz and your jazz fusion and what-have-you. The thing now with the young people is to dig the pre-swing sounds of such figures as Jelly Roll Morton and Kid Ory.
One of these acclaimed young groups of up-and-comers is The Hot Sardines
. According to press materials, the Sardines mix it up at the intersection of New Orleans and Paris. They've got a stride-style piano player and a tap dancer. Band co-founder and pianist Evan Palazzo has Little Rock ties (his mother lives here). The group has played a grip of sold-out shows up in New York City, where they're based.
Vanity Fair noted recently
that "of all the Hot Jazz groups, the Sardines have probably come the furthest. They've been together almost five years, during which time they've assembled a unique repertoire, and a sound and a style that are distinctly their own."