Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, but working world-wide, Fat Sams Band occupies a niche in todays jazz-world that is virtually unique. Formed by Hamish McGregor towards the end of 1984, the band went 'live' on St.Valentines Day - 14th of February 1985, and is the only professional standard 9-piece outfit working on a regular basis with a repertoire embracing - on the one hand the highly commercial 'jump-jive' music of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway and Louis Prima, and the swinging sounds of Glen Miller, to the small and big band music of the middle-period Ellington, Basie, etc..
This breadth of repertoire, allied to highly-professional production, appearance and musical arrangements, permits the swing band to perform equally well in commercial function work (where the 'jump-jive' element predominates) and in Jazz Clubs, concert and festival work (where the instrumental element is greater).
Versatility and variety is the band's 'by-line' and is such that it offers a wide variety of musical sounds and styles in its performance. Allied to a strong presentation, the band is both a highly polished jazz-based Showband and a serious interpreter of mainstream jazz.
Whether you are putting together a specialist Jazz Festival or club programme, or require a lively and entertaining swing band for a function, dance or cabaret date, 'Fat Sams Band 'can provide an exciting and suitably structured performance to meet your requirements'
Fat Sams Swing Band also offers three speciality programmes for concert or
- 'A Tribute to Louis Jordan', the King of Jump-Jive,
- 'A Night at the Cotton Club', featuring the music of early Ellington and Calloway - 1920's and 30's,
- 'An evening of Jumpjive - Boogie - Swing - Jazz - Blues - R & B, from Glen Miller and Duke Ellington to Fats Domino and the 'Blues Brothers'
that's FAT SAMS BAND. Don't miss these foot tappin' finger snappin' shows.
Led by Hamish McGregor and his white Clarinet, the band has toured world wide bringing its lively and entertaining style of 'Jazz' music to thousands.