Sinatra show to bowl ‘em over
Sinatra is someone who never really goes out of style. You could say the same of Andrew London. London has grown a great reputation for his own quirky Kiwi songs and as the lynchpin of several bands across a range of musical genres.
Put the two together and bam! - irresistible force combines with immoveable object for an unmissable musical experience.
London has collaborated with three other leading musicians - saxophonist James Tait-Jamieson, drummer Lance Philip and bass player James Cameron for Sinatra and the Rat Pack which plays the Hokowhitu Bowling Club on Saturday night.
A few years ago, London and Cameron were in Blue Eyes, an award-winning show at Wellington’s Circa Theatre written by playwright and vocalist April Phillips. Both continue to feature the Rat Pack hits in their repertoires - London with the Andrew London Trio and Cameron with the Velox Brothers Trio.
Tait-Jamieson, who needs little introduction to local audiences, spent time playing in Las Vegas pit orchestras where he soaked up the Sinatra legend. He occasionally performs a tribute show called Sons of Sinatra with jazz legend Rodger Fox, and is just back from Indonesia where he performed the show to high acclaim.
The foursome will be playing some of Sinatra’s best, which means some of the best songs ever written. Among them are George Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me, and It Ain’t Necessarily So; Cole Porter’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Night and Day, and Hoagy Carmichael’s Up A Lazy River and Georgia.
‘‘These are songs I’ve been singing and playing ever since I could hold a guitar or bash a piano’’ London said.
‘‘We’re broadening the umbrella to include hits from some of Frank’s contemporaries, so we’ve got Dean Martin’s Sway, Bobby Darin’s Mack The Knife and Lazy River, and songs associated with Sammy Davis Jnr and Nat King Cole.’’
Sinatra and the Rat Pack comes to the Hokowhitu Bowling Club at 8pm, August 13, with tickets $25. Call Steve Tolley for bookings on 027 368 2367 or email .
Andrew London is fronting musical tribute show Sinatra and the Rat Pack at the Hokowhitu Bowling Club.