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Back in the Taverns: The Fat Babies, July 31 through August 3 at the Bix Fest
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-07-24 11:45:30

Beau Sample, the bassist and bandleader of the Fat Babies, has said he doesn’t want his Chicago-based septet to present the jazz of the 1920s as either a caricature or museum piece.

By all accounts, Sample and his bandmates have succeeded wildly – almost certainly a result of the Fat Babies balancing its performance schedule between bars and festivals.

The group has regular gigs at the Windy City’s Green Mill lounge and Honky Tonk BBQ – places where the nuances are less important than the swing. “The people who come to see us are really there to dance and drink and have fun,” Sample said in a phone interview last week. “A lot of the bands playing this stuff [early jazz] don’t have the opportunity to play for those crowds. ... The dancers are a big influence on what we do.”

The Fat Babies, he noted, are “trying to put it [old-time jazz] back in the taverns, where it came from. ... Basically, we’re doing what people have always done – which is just playing in bars for people drinking and having a good time.”


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Christmas in August: Josh Duffee Plays in Three Bands at the 2012 Bix Jazz Festival
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2012-07-31 23:28:45

Josh DuffeeJosh Duffee admits that his Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival schedule is intense. The 32-year-old percussionist will be playing with three groups and performing more than a dozen times over five days, but he said it’s not exhausting.

“Usually, by Monday, I’m feeling it a little bit, but ... it’s kind of like Christmas for me,” he said in a phone interview last week. “I’m going to take advantage of every single second I can get, and if I can sleep on Tuesday, August 7, then I’ll go ahead and do that.”

The Bix fest opens on Thursday, August 2, with a full slate of concerts the three days after that and an event on Monday, August 6: a show at one of Bix’s old haunts – Jim’s Knoxville Tap, formerly known as the Bluebird Inn – on the 81st anniversary of his death at age 28. Most concerts will be held in the RiverCenter, the Adler Theatre, and LeClaire Park. (For a full schedule of events, visit BixSociety.org/festival.html.)


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