FAT Jazz is a group I am very proud to be a part of.
As I tell audiences, FAT does not refer to our girth. It is an acronym for Friends and Teachers. The band was formed originally in 1985 by a group of local music teachers, who not only loved teaching music, but also wanted to share their love of playing music. The Friends come in to fill the gaps. The band has gone through multiple evolutions, musicians moving on and being replaced by new ones.
We play for all kinds of events, like dinner dances, Jazz & Java nights, Swing Dance clubs; Festivals like the PoCo MayDay Festival or the Harvest Festival, or Port Moody’s Golden Spike Days. [The photo above is of the band playing at Golden Spike Days in 2009. It was taken by Mel Buenaventura]
We love playing for schools, in a mentorship role, showing the kids that they can carry on making music throughout their lives, even if their ambition is not to be a professional musician. Besides all the teachers in the band, we have a doctor, an events DJ, a music store owner, an electrician, etc. etc. And of course ME: a writer. The kids and parents have a great time, and are some of the best audiences we ever have.
The band is a terrific group of friends, and we have a really good time together.