Krista Wallace
Fat Jazz

Fat Jazz

FAT Jazz is a group I am very proud to be a part of.

Me, singing with FAT JazzAs 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.

FAT Jazz at Daisy Day 2019
FAT Jazz at Daisy Day 2019
FAT Jazz at Daisy Day, 2019
The stage is set at the Commodore
FAT Jazz plays Frosty the Blues­man.
IKEA Christ­mas party at the Commodore
The FAT Set up
View from the stage. FAT Jazz
at the Red Robin­son Theatre