Last updated 27/09/2020

The band under the iconic clock at Carnforth Station from left : Peter, Bruce, Robin, Dave and Gerry


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The High Society Jazz Band

If you agree with Whitney Balliett that "jazz is the sound of surprise", then High Society,
with our hugely varied repertoire, could be the band for you.

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 thirteenth 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 being especially welcome to come along to sit in with the band for a number or two. We continue to support the jazz clubs at Kendal and Carlisle on a regular basis, and, enjoyed successful appearances at Dove Jazz Club and Glossop Jazz Club during 2019.

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. All members of the band contribute to the vocals, which ensures a wide range of variety and styles! Robin has introduced blues harmonica (and ukulele!) 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.

The current regular members of the band are :

Peter Boswell - cornet and trombone
Bruce Carnaffin - clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals
David Bateman - banjo, guitar and vocals
Gerry Clayton -  double bass and vocals
Robin Andrews - drums, washboard harmonica and vocals

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 :

Bruce Carnaffin : 01539720172
Dave Bateman : 01524822065

For further information, why not visit our website :

or follow us on Facebook on The High Society Jazz Band page.


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