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The Retro Pack

With the irresistible blend of jazz, blues and fun called jump/jive music, The Retro Pack generate a highly charged atmosphere that really lets the good times roll.

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Set List / Repertoire

New! Christmas Repertoire!
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire....)
White Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Winter Wonderland
Blue Christmas
Mary's Boy Child


Standard Repertoire
Only the more popular songs and tunes are shown here. They are shown once only under one of the following categories:

Jump’n’Jive; Rhythm & Blues; Rat Pack & similar; Mainstream Jazz; Jazz Ballads; Soul; Rock’n’Roll; Rock & Blues Ballads; Vintage Rock & Pop; Comic Novelties.In each category songs are arranged in alphabetical order. Many pieces could fit into 4 or more categories but multiple entries have been avoided.

RAT PACK & SIMILAR

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
(The) Best Is Yet to Come
Beyond the Sea
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Come Fly With Me
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes
Fly Me to the Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I Love Paris
It Had To Be You
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
(The) Lady is a Tramp
Let’s Face the Music & Dance
Let There Be Love
L-O-V-E
Love Is Here To Stay
Mack the Knife
Makin’ Whoopee
Mr. Bojangles
My Funny Valentine
New York New York
Night & Day
(A) Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Satin Doll
Strangers In the Night
Sway

VINTAGE ROCK & POP
(The) Bright Side of the Road
Bring Me Sunshine
Bring It On Home to Me
Brown eyed Girl
Dance the Night Away
Dixie Chicken
Hi Ho Silver Lining
How Sweet It Is
I Saw Her Standing There
Is This the Way to Amarillo?
It’s Not Unusual
Jackie Wilson Said
Just the Way You Are
Livin’ La Vida Loca
Moondance
On Broadway
‘Til There Was You
Twistin’ the Night Away
Under the Boardwalk

MAINSTREAM JAZZ
Ain’t Misbehavin’
All of Me
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Cheek to Cheek
Don’t Bother Me No More
Don't Get Around Much Any More
Feelin’ Good
Fever
Filthy McNasty
Gimme That Wine
(The) Girl From Ipanema
Harlem Nocturne
Hello Dolly
Honeysuckle Rose
I Can’t Get Started
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby
It Don’t Mean A Thing
In The Mood
Java Jive
Jumpin’ At The Woodside
(A) Kiss to Build a Dream On
Let’s Do It
Lester Leaps In
Manhattan
Margarita!
Moonlight Serenade
My Baby Just Cares For Me
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Pennies From Heaven
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Summertime
S’Wonderful
T’Aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do
Take the A Train
Tenor Madness
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Worksong
Why Keep a Dog & Bark Yourself?

JAZZ BALLADS
As Time Goes By
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You
Georgia On My Mind
I Ain’t Got Nothin But The Blues
Moon River
Round Midnight
Sad Times. Co. UK
True Love
Unforgettable
We Have All the Time In the World
What A Wonderful World

JUMP/JIVE
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Barnyard Boogie
Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style
Big Ten Inch Record
Bloodshot Eyes
Caldonia
Call The Police
Chartreuse
(The) Chicken & the Hawk
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
Closer to the Bone
Five Guys Named Moe
Flip Flop & Fly
Good Mornin’ Judge
Hit That Jive Jack
It Should Have Been Me
I Want You to Be My Baby
Jack You Dead
Jumpin’ on the Bandwagon
Jump Jive & Wail
Just a Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
Let the Good Times Roll
One Jump Ahead
Reet Petite & Gone
Romance Without Finance
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Straighten Up & Fly Right
Sneaky Pete
Three Handed Woman

SOUL
Barefootin’
Dancing In The Street
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Knock On Wood
Midnight Hour
Mustang Sally
My Girl
Stand By Me
Try a Little Tenderness

ROCK’N’ROLL
Be My Guest
Blueberry Hill
Blue Monday
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Heartbreak Hotel
Hi Heel Sneakers
I’m Walkin’
Jailhouse Rock
Let the Four Winds Blow
My Girl Josephine
Nadine
No Particular Place to Go
Rock Around the Clock
Shake Rattle & Roll
Tequila
Treat Me Nice
Willie & the Hand Jive
You Never can Tell

ROCK & BLUES BALLADS
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
I Cant Help falling In Love With You
I Put A Spell On You
I Will Not Be Your Fool
Lets Stay Together
Need Your Love So Bad
(A) Perfect Day

RHYTHM & BLUES
All Around the World (Grits Aint Grocery)
Black Magic Woman
Brown Sugar
Busted
Early in the Mornin’
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
Framed
Green Onions
Honky Tonk Women
I Know Your Wig Has Gone
I Live The Life I Love
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(The) Last Meal
Mary Ann
My Babe
One Mint Julep
Pink Champagne
Reet Petite
Route 66
Soul Limbo
Spooky
Stray Cat Strut
Three Cool Cats
Who Drank My Beer

COMIC NOVELTIES

Basingstoke
But I Was Cool
Cleaning Up My Act
I Wanna Be Like You
Minnie the Moocher
(The) Monster Mash
What’s the Use of Getting Sober
Whiskey Heaven
Your Feets Too Big

7 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
  • Excellent 7
  • Good 0
  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
  • Poor 0

Everyone really enjoyed it!

5 stars - The Retro Pack are Highly Recommended booked The Retro Pack for their event in Shropshire September 2018

“Really great band. 2nd time I've booked them. Kept everyone dancing all night- even those people that don't normally dance! Highly recommended. A mixture of jazz and swing, older and more modern numbers.”


The Retro Pack were simply great. Their musicianship is outstanding, they are fu...

5 stars - The Retro Pack are Highly Recommended booked The Retro Pack for their event in Shropshire

“The Retro Pack were simply great. We had a fantastic garden party both lunch and tea, and the Retro Pack played a really nice wide-ranging repertoire for different parts of the party. Their musicianship is outstanding, they are fun and friendly people. Everybody loved them.”


Everybody loved them

5 stars - The Retro Pack are Highly Recommended booked The Retro Pack for their event in Shropshire

“I just want to let you know that we had a great party on Saturday. The Retro Pack were fantastic, great musicians and a great repertoire. Everybody loved them. They were also very nice people, the party was in the garden and we had to deal with intermittent rain but they just coped with everything with great good humour. They were really part of the party. We’d certainly engage them again and would strongly recommend them to anyone looking for their kind of music.”


The Retro Pack were an absolute pleasure to deal with and most importantly deliv...

5 stars - The Retro Pack are Highly Recommended booked The Retro Pack for their Wedding at Caley Hall Hotel in Norfolk

“The Retro Pack were an absolute pleasure to deal with and most importantly delivered an incredible evening of music and entertainment. Kit was so professional and willing to work with us which gave us a lot of confidence in them from an early stage. Everyone knew exactly where they stood and how the evening was going to go. This is a huge reassurance because once we knew the entertainment was all in hand it allows us to concentrate on the other aspects. In terms of the performance itself, what a night, 3 songs in and a packed dance floor tells you all you need to know about just how good the Retro Pack are. Further to this I’m delighted to say that we have already booked the band for next New Year too, can there be a better recommendation than that!! Mike Caley Hall Hotel ”


The Retro Pack were absolutely fantastic.

5 stars - The Retro Pack are Highly Recommended booked The Retro Pack for their Wedding in Wiltshire

“I would like to thank you and the whole of the Retro Pack who played with you on 7th September for the party after Anna and Pete Douglas’ wedding. You were absolutely fantastic and caught the mood of the guests wonderfully. We all had such a great time and loved dancing the night away. The dance floor was virtually consistently full and age of dancers varied from 8-80 (with the middle range predominant towards the end!). It was the best time I personally have had at a wedding for years – which was lucky as we were the hosts! But thank you very much indeed for rounding of a really special day with so much fun as well as exercise. We would certainly book you again. It was a truly great evening with well-spaced gaps and good music in between. ”

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Prices

Price from £1,229 + travel from Surrey

Based on 5 members performing 3 x 45 minute sets

  • East of England From £1,229
  • South East From £1,261
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  • Wales From £1,411
  • North West From £1,699
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £1,699
  • International From £1,731
  • Northern Ireland From £1,731
  • Republic of Ireland From £1,731
  • Scotland From £1,731
  • North East From £1,924

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Lineup

Default lineup: 5 members

5 piece lineup: Lead Vocals/Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums plus Trumpet or Saxophone or extra vocals.

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Highlights
*Rat Pack Swing Rock'n'Roll & Soul Band
*Very experienced musicians
*Huge varied repertoire of familiar songs
*Extremely flexible
*From 5 to 8-piece
*Requests welcome
*Highly reliable



Introduction:
The Retro Pack are an adaptable 5 to 8 piece band who love performing and who can rapidly make a dance floor seem irresistible to young and old alike. Formed by singer/saxophonist Kit Packham in 1984 to play jazzy R&B with a sense of humour and a twinkle in their eyes they were soon covering Rat Pack Swing Jazz Rhythm & Blues Rock'n'Roll Soul and Vintage Pop. Their material may come from past eras but most of it will be familiar from Hollywood TV and revivals by artists like Michael Buble Jools Holland or Diana Krall. It's worth listening closely to the lyrics though as Kit often slips in a local or topical reference. They recently played for the wedding reception of Joe Craig author of the Jimmy Coates books. Fay Weldon's son Nick played piano with them at the Waldorf Hotel and many rising stars of Britain's jazz scene have also appeared with them. Billy Jenkins Tim Richards Ike Leo Hilary Cameron and Nigel Price have all spent time as members of the band. Mark Lockheart, Karen Sharp, Jo Fooks, Richard Busiakiewicz, Martin France, Paul Robinson, Sam Kelly and Zoltan Dekany have all played occasional gigs with the band.

The Lineup:
Kit Packham leads the band on Vocals and Saxophones accompanied by Piano/keyboard, Bass and Drums plus one of the following: Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Guitar, or (Female) Lead Vocal to make the basic 5-piece. For an 8-piece, ALL those musicians will be playing. A variety of 6 or 7-piece line-ups are also easily arranged. You can choose which musicians you'd like or leave it to the band to pick the most suitable ones for your booking.

The Songs: The repertoire has well over 250 numbers and is still growing. There are plenty of slow romantic songs with which a new bride and groom may choose to "open the dancing" and lots of upbeat material to get everyone on the dance floor.

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