February 15th, 2015
Paul Asaro and His Chicago Rhythm
with John Otto, Beau Sample, Jake Sanders, Alex Hall
Paul Asaro, at the piano is the leader for the Chicago Rhythm. Paul Asaro is known as one of a select group of pianists who have mastered the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles from the first half of the 20th century. The Stride piano of James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith and Fats Waller, the New Orleans styles of Jelly Roll Morton, the ragtime of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, stomps, boogie woogie and swing, Asaro plays them all with a fine ear for detail, blending the elements into his own personal style. He has put out an album entitled"Paul Asaro and the Fat Babies, What a Heavenly Dream; The Fats Waller Rhythm Project".
John Otto, plays great jazz in many forms on both clarinet and saxophone. He is an outstanding member of the West End Jazz Band, the Fat Babies, and many other Chicago area bands. He really knows how to play hot dance music and keeps getting better with each year.
Jake Sanders- As guitarist and banjoist, Jake creates lovely melodies, knows how to swing, and his musical vocabulary is broad and rich. Jake performs with the Fat Babies and leads several groups. Jake Sanders’ Arcadian Serenaders and Jake Sanders’ Sextet featuring Mike Davis will be performing at the “Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival” Nov 6-9. St. Louis, MO.
Beau Sample, Chicago based upright and electric bassist, performs with his own wildly popular Fat Babies, has played bass frequently with Swing Gitan and performs with Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds.
Alex Hall is a Chicago-based drummer, keyboardist and recording engineer. He performs with The Fat Babies and with The Modern Sounds. He attended De Paul University, where he became more and more interested in swing music.