Fat Babies Jazz Band

The Fat Babies Jazz Band have been playing at the same club for almost a decade and believe the best is yet to come. Their music combines jazz and modernity. You won’t find a more versatile ensemble anywhere else. With their signature energy and sass, Fat Babies Jazz Band will give you a taste of the new era of jazz. In a recent interview, the band members discussed their love of jazz and the modern music that surrounds it.


The Fat Babies’ latest CD is a superb album for fans of classic jazz. The band’s fourth album for Delmark features an 8-piece band, including members of the Mighty Blue Kings, Four Charms, and Tuba Skinny. They play jazz standards in an upbeat and swinging manner. The band’s acoustic live shows are a great way to see these musicians. And the CD is well-written and produced.

Paul Asaro

The new CD, “Paul Asaro and the Fat Babies: Swing Time,” is a delightful celebration of jazz and swing. The group features Paul Asaro on piano and the talents of Andrew Schumm, John Otto, Dave Bock, Jake Sanders, and Beau Sample on brass, as well as Alex Hall on drums and string bass. This ensemble is truly a unique sound, and a great way to experience swing music.

Andy Schumm

Chicago-based band Andy Schumm and the Fat Babies have released their latest album, “UPTOWN,” the group’s fourth for Delmark. The album is thoughtful, well-played, and beautifully recorded, and the band’s 2016-18 lineup is in full swing. Asaro, Andrew Schumm, Jonathan Doyle, Beau Sample, and Alex Hall round out the stellar cast. The album also includes a booklet with liner notes by Asaro.

Jake Sanders

Guitarist, bandleader, and arranger, Jake Sanders began his career in New York City, performing jazz and American traditional music on the streets. His first band, The Cangelosi Cards, gained success in the East Village and toured Asia. Then, he joined The Fat Babies and continued his musical career at Chicago’s Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Today, he continues to perform and record regularly. To hear Jake Sanders’ latest release, check out his website or Facebook page.

Beau Sample

Chicago-based quartet Fat Babies have been playing together for six years, and their latest album is a great example of how much they have evolved. Founded by string bass player Beau Sample, the group has expanded its repertoire, demonstrated versatility, and even used transcriptions from vintage records. Beau Sample and his band members are an integral part of Chicago’s jazz scene. Read on to learn more about the band’s latest album.

Dave Bock

The acrobatic stomp of the Fat Babies’ bass guitar makes you want to jump right up and dance. The band plays classic jazz standards from the 1920s and 1930s. The horn section is especially mellifluous and the group plays with a sense of rhythm and flow. The band is a septet and the songs range from light and breezy to hot and ferocious. The ensemble also features Beau Sample, Andy Schumm and John Otto.