“Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol and Evan “Bibs” Palazzo first met at a New York City Craigslist open jazz jam in 2007. When Miz Elizabeth heard Bibs playing Fats Waller on the keys, she knew they could run with the groove.
Neither of them were professional musicians – Miz Elizabeth was working as a writer and Bibs as an actor – but they both wanted to pursue their passion for hot jazz from the early 20th century, born out of cabarets and bars of New Orleans, Chicago and Harlem.
Seven years after they first got together, The Hot Sardines is now a seven-piece band (including its own tap dancer) and in October released their self-titled debut album, which includes classics such as The Andrews Sisters’ “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” interpreted in a modern way, as well as original compositions that transcend eras.
Pedro Andrade had the chance to catch up with Miz Elizabeth and Bibs before their recent show at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and listen to their story.