A working band that knows the traditional jazz idiom, the FAT BABIES repertoire includes the usual standards as well as obscure Oliver-Morton-Armstrong tunes and pop tunes from the ’20s and early ’30s. Howard Reich called their debut album, Chicago Hot, “one of the best jazz releases of 2012.” Texas born bassist and leader, BEAU SAMPLE, started with an interest in early western swing and honky-tonk but discovered Django Reinhardt and later the string bass traditions of Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Wilbur Ware, et al. Beau moved to Chicago to start a trio called the Modern Sounds with guitarist Joel Paterson and drummer Alex Hall. ANDY SCHUMM, cornet, “played along with the radio, got a Scott Joplin book and tried to improvise on his rags.” He had a real jazz awakening when he discovered Bix Beiderbecke. Andy moved to Chicago to play drums with the West End Jazz Band and cornet with the Alan Gresik Orchestra. Trombonist DAVE BOCK started playing trombone in the fifth grade, taking tuba lessons from John Knurr, and eventually performing with the New South Rampart Street Paraders, Riverboat Ramblers and Norrie Cox. JOHN OTTO, clarinet/sax, has played with various groups including the Salty Dogs, West End Jazz Band, Ernie Carson, St. Louis Ragtimers, Ed Kittrel, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra and also with Paul Asaro on Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz. PAUL ASARO, piano, was influenced by Scott Joplin, Dick Wellstood, Eubie Blake, and the stride greats, including Jelly Roll Morton. For the past ten years, Paul has been touring as a duo with Leon Redbone. Hired to play a swing dance gig in Chicago JAKE SANDERS, guitar/banjo, soon became a full-time member of the Fat Babies; he also plays with a two-guitar quintet that features Kim Cusack on horns. Drummer ALEX HALL started drumming in high school while listening to oldies on WJJD; he was drawn to electric jazz, and attended De Paul University, where he became more interested in swing music.