The Retro Pack is a collaboration of professional Wellington and Kapiti-based performers who have been delivering sell-out shows at jazz festivals and theatres all over New Zealand since their first outing in 2002, when vocalist/playwright April Phillips conceived ‘Blue Eyes’; a tribute to Frank Sinatra. This show won the fringe festival ‘Best Music’ award, and subsequent Retro Pack productions such as ‘Unforgettable - the Story of Nat King Cole’ which featured at both Tauranga and Nelson Jazz Festivals in 2010, and ‘The Glory of Gershwin’ which featured in the Wellington Jazz Festival in 2016, continued the trend. The group is currently contracted for the 'Candlelight jazz' series of events around Wellington.
The evening will feature a repertoire of standards popularised by the greatest singers of the 20th Century - Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole among them. The second half will feature Andrew London originals from the upcoming stage musical 'Let's Talk About Me!' which debuts in Kapiti in September 2022.
Apart from celebrated singer, actress, playwright and movie-maker April Phillips, the Retro Pack features Kapiti entertainers Andrew London and partner Kirsten, vocalist and saxophonist James Tait-Jamieson, pianist Wayne Mason and drummer Anje Glindemann.