Band Photos & History


High Society Jazz Band with Janet Hammer at the San Diego Jazz Festival, Thanksgiving weekend, 2013
High Society with Janet Hammer at the SD Jazz Fest
Clarinet Summit , San Diego Jazz Fest, 11/29/13,  Bob Draga, Peter Meijers, Larry Okmin
Clarinet Summit , San Diego Jazz Fest, Bob Draga, Peter Meijers, Larry Okmin
High Society Jazz Band with Janet Hammer at the San Diego Jazz Festival, Thanksgiving weekend, 2013
High Society with Janet Hammer at the SD Jazz Fest
Sweethearts of Swing, an Andrews Sisters vocal trio,  & the  High Society Jazz Band
Sweethearts of Swing & High Society JB
New Years Eve at SW Yacht Club
" We had a wonderful New Year event, thanks to you and your great group.  So many people came up to us and said, "Great Band", "Best Band EVER", "wonderful music for dancing", "Perfect band, perfect evening".  So, THANK YOU ALL.  I hope you had a good time, too."
   -- Southwest Yacht Club, New Years Eve, 2011

High Society "Marching Band" playing for Bob (Bob's Redmill) at the Anaheim CC.  New Orleans style marching jazz band
High Society "Marching Band" playing for Bob (Bob's Redmill) at the Anaheim CC
Mardi Gras gig!
Chloe Feoranzo and Larry Okmin jamming ath the San Diego Jazz Festival, 2008
Clarinet Duet-Chloe & Larry
"Our" Cruise Ship in Cabo San Lucas, 1/13/09
On Board Carnival Elation
 
HSJB with Czech Jazz Singer Eva Emingerova
Our Founder
Larry Channave 1933-2007
The High Society Jazz Band was founded in 1980 by trumpeter and vocalist Larry Channave. Larry played and lead jazz groups wherever he lived since 1950. After retiring as an executive in the Aerospace industry, he was able to devote more time to his music and to his childhood sweetheart and wife, Renie. He was "Mr. Personality" on stage as evidenced by the mutual admiration between him and the audience. He is missed by his many loyal jazz fans, fellow musicians, and his family.

Renie & Lisa with the HSJB at the San Diego Dixie Jazz Fest, 11-25-07 (Dave Long photo)