Jazz Hot, Baby

So another year has come and gone. While some are making their resolutions for 2016, I’m cleaning the kitchen and listening to Spotify. I found this new-to-me group called The Hot Sardines and they’re fabulous. It’s Bourbon Street Jazz at its finest and it makes me ever so happy.

There’s a little bit of melancholy nostalgia with it as well. My father would have adored this group once upon a time. I can see him in my mind’s eye, stogie in one hand, fingers of the other hand snapping to the beat while his feet tapped out the rhythm. Embarrassing to a young teenage daughter at Disneyland, and yet I can’t deny the pleasure of watching him enjoy something so much. As I do practically the same in my kitchen (minus the cigar, of course) I understand the inability to stand still with the swinging tempo.

“Your Feets Too Big” by Fats Waller came on and I sang it proudly and giggled in turns.

Funny aside here – when I was little I thought my mom was singing, “My dear Mr. Shane”, but the song just came on and it’s actually “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen”. You learn something new every day!

I have decided to break with tradition and actually make a New Year’s resolution. I resolve to listen to more jazz in 2016. I’m pretty sure I can make good on this one.


  1. Jewels on December 31, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Platernal. Been listening to channel 72 (Sirius) for about a year. All big band/swing/blues/jazz. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Michele McMillan on January 7, 2016 at 11:33 am

    A stogie at Disneyland?? I thought they were always “smoke free”! I do remember enjoying the dixieland jazz at Disneyland, just couldn’t show it…teenager and all you know!

    • Jenster on January 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I’m probably getting my backyard and Disneyland memories intertwined. 🙂 Though the mixed smell of cigar and diesel always make me think of Autopia and I just figured it was due to Dad smoking in Disney. And I enjoyed the music too!

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