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The Jazz Age as F. Scott Fitzgerald remembered it might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate a version of it. If you’ve had a bit of trouble channeling those smoky Parisian café vibes, glean some inspiration from the Hot Sardines, an ensemble of 1920s and 1930s jazz enthusiasts. The group even has a song called “Waking Up in Paris,” inspired by the hometown of lead singer Miz Elizabeth. The band is based in New York City, though, and Big Apple juice drips from every brassy note, trumpet solo, and whispering cymbal. The Hot Sardines tell stories with their music, referencing long-ago artists both forgotten and heavily appreciated. Whether the ensemble plays “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” or “Petite Fleur,” the influences of jazz masters Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller are evident. On a spring evening, their languid and inventive jazz provides an ideal soundtrack—and unlike their namesake, these Hot Sardines don’t stink. The Hot Sardines perform at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20. (202) 785-9727. washingtonperformingarts.org