THE HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND
Last updated 06/01/2018
The band under the iconic clock at Carnforth Station from left : Peter, Bruce, Robin, Dave and Gerry
The High Society Jazz Band
If you agree with Whitney
Balliett that "jazz is the sound of surprise", then High Society,
Based in the North Lancs/Cumbria area, the band's current line-up is a three piece rhythm section with two on the front line. We aim to provide our audiences with an insight into the many different aspects of jazz, from the classic New Orleans style of Oliver, Armstrong and Morton, through the tight arrangements of Ellington, to the swing era of Goodman, acknowledging Bix and the New Orleans Revivalists along the way, played with respect but also with a great deal of originality. But most of all, we want to entertain, and for our audiences to have fun and enjoy the music as much as we do.
Now in our eleventh year, we continue to have two very well supported regular monthly venues, as well as a busy diary of private and public functions. The Refreshment Rooms at Carnforth Station hosts our 'Jazz Lunch' sessions on the third Friday of every month (12.30-2.30pm). Over the years we have also had a number of 'evening specials' when we have been joined by guests such as Roy Williams and Enrico Tomasso for summer evenings and strawberries out on the platform - with occasional contributions from the station announcer and some rather elderly trains!
Bare Village Club in Morecambe is the venue for our other regular monthly session (4.00-6.30pm) on the third Sunday of every month. This session is well supported and has become increasingly popular with other musicians who come along to sit in with the band for a number or two. We were delighted to be joined by vocalist Sue Reid, who performed with us at Roa Island Jazz Club in April 2017. We continue to support the jazz clubs at Southport, Kendal and Carlisle, and, as a follow up to our first successful appearances at Dove Jazz Club and Glossop Jazz Club, we will be making further appearance at both during 2018.
In keeping with the concept
of variety, we sometimes perform as a quartet, or even as a trio, and we may
augment the band to a six or seven piece when required. Most members of the band
contribute to the vocals, which ensures a wide range of variety and styles!
Robin has introduced blues harmonica to add to his contribution on washboard,
and Gerry, Dave and Robin have provided the occasional 'skiffle set', and so the
variety - and the fun - continues.
Roger Hartley is our regular drummer at the Bare Village Club, and Jack Schofield augments the band on saxophone and clarinet.
Enquiries about booking the
band should be made to :