APAP feat. Catherine Russell, Hot Sardines & Ranky Tanky (Sold Out, Sign Up For Wait List!) - 1/7Monday, January 07 2019 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Start
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APAP feat. Catherine Russell, Hot Sardines & Ranky Tanky (Sold Out, Sign Up For Wait List!) - 1/7
at City Winery New York City
Grammy Award winning vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, and a
graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ms. Russell has toured the world,
performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan,
Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash. Since the 2006 release of her
debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label, Catherine has been making
new fans and friends. Four acclaimed and chart topping albums have followed,
including Strictly Romancin’, awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012 (Vocal Album of The
Year) by the Jazz Academy in France and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording,
followed by Bring It Back in 2014. Catherine has been a guest on The Tavis Smiley
Show on PBS-TV and Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Will Friedwald writing in The
Wall Street Journal, calls Catherine Russell “one of the outstanding singers of our time.”
The Hot Sardines
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats
Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from
another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. (We haven’t even told you about the tap dancer yet.)
In a short time, the Hot Sardines have gone from their first gig – at a coffee shop on the last Q train stop
in Queens – to selling out Joe’s Pub five times in as many months, headlining at Lincoln Center’s
Midsummer Night Swing, and opening for the Bad Plus, Lulu Gainsbourg and French gypsy-jazz artist
Zaz. Through it all they’ve become regulars at the Shanghai Mermaid speakeasy and turned The
Standard, where they play regularly, into their own “saloon in the sky” (The Wall Street Journal) –
complete with tap dancing on the bar – honing a live persona that’s been called “unforgettably wild” and
“consistently electrifying” (Popmatters).
The Sardine sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (Literally – the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay resolutely in step with the current age. And while their roots run deep into jazz, that most American of genres, they’re intertwined with French influences via their frontwoman, who was born and raised in Paris (and writes songs in both languages).
The band was born when said Parisian (“Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol) met a stride piano player (bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo) at a jam session they found on Craigslist. Above a noodle shop on Manhattan’s 49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that no-one really plays anymore. Or if they play them, “they handle them with kid gloves, like pieces in a museum,” says Evan, underscoring a point the pair can’t stress enough: “This music isn’t historical artifact. It’s a living, breathing, always-evolving thing.”
Members of the Sardines collective have worked with a genre-hopping roster that includes Rufus
Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Lauren Ambrose, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, Of Montreal, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, the New York and Jerusalem Philharmonics, Slavic Soul Party and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra.
“On the self-titled debut by the quintet Ranky Tanky, Gullah songs are lively, soulful honey to the ears.”
“Ranky Tanky brings freshness and uplift to overlooked Americana.”
Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky performs a bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues of the Gullah, a culture born of slave descendants on the Georgia and South Carolina coast. Mixing Lowcountry tradition with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B, this band gives true expression of its own name, which is a Gullah expression that translates as “work it” or “get funky.” Since releasing its eponymous debut album in 2017, the group has been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has soared to the #1 spot on the Billboard jazz albums chart.