The Hot Sardines Join Sinfonia for Night of Jazz Apr 9

March 29, 2016 by SoWal Staff

Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents The Hot Sardines for the 10th season's final performance, transforming the Emerald Coast Convention Center into a jazz club for an energetic night of vibrant, hot jazz. The performance takes place on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available online now!

The Hot Sardines' high-energy music and swingin' style pairs nicely with Sinfonia's orchestra for an incredible season finale! Music lovers will love this take on new-old jazz! The Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island will be transformed into a candle-lit jazz club for Saturday's performance. 

The Hot Sardines
A born-and-bred NYC actor meets a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam over a noodle shop in Manhattan, and from there the Hot Sardines were born. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play “hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king…with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion.  Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, the Hot Sardines’ vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences. Forbes Magazine calls them “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today.”

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section that includes a tap dancer, led by an upright stride-piano virtuoso and tie it all together with a vocal-front woman with a voice from a by-gone era. The Sardine sound is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano and the kind of music reminiscent of wartime Paris via New Orleans. In the style of music that Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make. Straight-up, foot stomping jazz.

Come out for a night of jazz as The Hot Sardines group joins Sinfonia's orchestra for a fantastic 10th season finale. All tickets are $35 and seating will be configured as tables to add to the jazz club vibe. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 850-460-8800.


The Hot Sardines performance is replacing the originally scheduled Preservation Hall Band which had an unavoidable schedule change. If you have tickets for this event, they automatically transfer, and you do not need new tickets.

Presenting Sponsor for the 2015-2016 tenth anniversary season is Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Co-presenting Season Sponsor and Presenting Media Sponsor is VIE Magazine. Presenting Concert Sponsor for the 2015-2016 season is La Florida Real Estate. Additional presenting sponsors include Presenting E-media Sponsor, and Presenting Accommodations Sponsors, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa and ResortQuest.

Emerald Coast Convention Center is located at 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to or call 850-460-8800.


Keeping the tempo on the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene since its founding in 2005, Sinfonia Gulf Coast is in its milestone 10th season as the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra by offering a stellar lineup of concerts and educational initiatives featuring the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists.

Sinfonia's 10th anniversary season lineup. It's a wrap! Congrats on a fabulous year of music. 

Nov. 7 Classical Connections with French clarinetist Raphaël Sévère 
Grace Lutheran Church 7:30pm

Nov. 13 Sinfonia 10th Anniversary Gala Event featuring Kristin Chenoweth
Emerald Coast Convention Center 8:00pm

Dec. 11 A Broadway Holiday with Morgan James
Destiny Worship Center 7:30pm

Dec. 13 Big Band Holiday Brunch with Morgan James & Joe Gransden
Hilton Sandestin Coastal Ballroom 11:30am

Jan. 29 Made in America featuring Jamie Bernstein & Julia Bullock
Destiny Worship Center 7:30pm

Feb. 12 Classical Connections with the Miró String Quartet
Rosemary Beach Town Hall 7:30pm

Apr. 9 Sinfonia featuring the The Hot Sardines
Emerald Coast Convention Center 7:30pm


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