• about

    The Hot Sardines at the Montreal Jazz Festival

    Frontwoman, girlboss, general instigator of The Hot Sardines.

     

    At the end of the aughts, when I was a corporate cubicle dweller by day and music fan by night, I started a jazz band with a pianist (Evan Palazzo) I met via Craigslist. We've now recorded albums on Universal Music Classics/Decca Records and play about 100 shows a year internationally.

    I think music can change the world. (So did my grandfather.) When I'm not writing music for my band or singing elsewhere, I write about music and culture in general. I started NYC's culture newsletter the skint with Chris Willets; it has about 100,000 subscribers. I’ve created, produced and curated culture content for brands like Bravo and NBC Digital, and I’ve interviewed and profiled dozens of musicians and other artists of all stripes, fascinated by what makes them tick.

     

    I ate the New England coast end to end, interviewing lobstermen, fry cooks and others to write a book about seafood. I started the travel magazine Wish You Were Here with MUG's Charlie Suisman, a project I love that got set aside to play music.

     

    I'm Parisian by birth, French at heart, Torontonian by lineage, and a New Yorker by nature. I studied film at Brock and media at the London School of Economics. Today, I'm probably on tour (and eating), in France, or at home in Brooklyn.

     

    Main photo by Jeff Shaw.

  • news

    "Bei Mir Bist du Schoen" off The Hot Sardines (Decca/Universal Music Classics) will be in the remake of Papillon, starring Remi Malek and Charlie Hunnam -- 2018 wide release date TBD. Vanity Fair

    I talk about what I'm listening to these days and other favorite things in TueNight's Tue/Do List. Read

    Shannon Ables invited me on her Simple Sophisticate podcast, where I talk about the song whose melody came to me on the subway and why lacking stability was a gift. Listen.

    Starbucks selected the Sardines' recording of Frank Sinatra's "Mistletoe & Holly" for their 2017 Holiday Playlist, as we found out at a Starbucks on i-95. Listen

    For her 100th, I wrote about hearing Ella Fitzgerald sing for the first time, and the one thing she has that most other (female) performers don't. (And collaborated with my mother, who created a painting of Ella for the piece). Read

    I'm throwing a party with the skint in NYC to benefit Planned Parenthood: LADIES FIRST: A Dance Party to Celebrate the Badass Women of Music. Go

    I'm curating some music for Sometimes it's Prince in April, the skint's party on the anniversary of Prince's death at littlefield nyc. Go

    My song "Meet Me at the Bottom of the Bottle" opens the charming movie Manhattan Romance with Gaby Hoffman and Katherine Waterston (directed by Tom O'Brien), and I'm singing with my friend Bob Parins on "Sweet Pea" in the wedding scene. (Plus Bob's music is all over the movie and it's great.) Watch trailer

    I created a playlist for your trip to the Women's March: Ladies First Vol. 2 is on Spotify. Listen

    Scott Simon interviewed Evan and me on NPR's Weekend Edition, where I talk about the effect my song "Here You Are Again" has on audiences. Listen

    Here's a piece I wrote a while ago about traveling to Dubai for two one five magazine (RIP). Read

    I talked to The Bluegrass Situation about the job I'd have if I wasn't a musician and stuff you might be surprised to find on my Spotify. Read

    Our French version of "I Wanna Be Like You" is on the new Jazz Loves Disney compilation on Verve, also featuring Stacey Kent, Melody Gardot and Gregory Porter. Listen

    I'm on the Straight, No Chaser podcast with Evan talking about going to our very first open mic. Listen

    Here's a piece I wrote about the magic of one Philadelphia dive bar and its liquor-drinking music for two one five. Read

    Will Friedwald talked about yours truly and the Sardines in this Vanity Fair piece about bands spreading the joy of hot jazz. Read

    Hear me talk about forming the Sardines on the Neon Jazz podcast. Bonus: thanks to a sinus/throat infection, I sound like a donkey riding a scooter on cobblestones. Listen

    Hear my 21 essential Ella Fitzgerald recordings in a Spotify playlist for her 100th birthday. Listen

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