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.

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