THE HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND
Last updated 11/01/2019
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,
Now in our twelfth 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 Southport, Kendal and Carlisle on a regular basis, and, as a follow up to our successful appearances at Dove Jazz Club and Glossop Jazz Club, we will be making further appearance at both during 2019.
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.
Roger Hartley is our regular drummer at the Bare Village Club, and Jack Schofield augments the band on saxophone and clarinet.
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