Fats Jazz Band

is a first class nine-member swing orchestra steeped in the swing music of late 1930s and early 1940s. It was initiated by Ladislav Fanzowitz, one of the best present Slovak pianists. The orchestra plays original swing music which takes you to another world, makes your blood boil, and brings you back in time to the era of elegance, glamour gowns, and hot parties.

FATS JAZZ BAND is authentic; Ladislav Fanzowitz transcribes carefully chosen contemporary tunes by ear to music scores. That’s why you have a unique opportunity to listen to the original arrangements as they were played by jazz legends in their time. Furthermore, FATS JAZZ BAND also uses reconstructed array of music instruments, and vintage clothes. The whole impression of the orchestra fully grasps the period of music and style that FATS JAZZ BAND represents.

The band’s repertoire includes the most interesting pieces from the legends of American jazz music of 1930s and 1940s such as Thomas “Fats” Waller whose nick name was borrowed as the band’s title. However, FATS JAZZ BAND also interprets tunes from other remarkable jazz legends of this period such as Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Clarence Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Dorsey, and many others.

Even though we could say it is anachronism, the orchestra’s presence evokes the vibrations of something unmistakably timeless. FATS JAZZ BAND takes an antiquated template and infuses it with the immediacy of the present. The main thing that gave music of this era its magic was spontaneity, which is undoubtedly retrieved by FATS JAZZ BAND.


Ladislav Fančovič: piano, alt-sax., and bandleader
Michal Matejka: guitar
Ľubomír Kamenský: trumpet and cornet
Patrik Fičor: drums
Branislav Belorid: trombone
Pavol Kušík: double-bass
Pavol Hoďa: clarinet and tenor-sax
Jana Dekánková: singer
Matúš Uhliarik: singer and piano