Events at Rétro


Don’t miss the chance to hear the brilliance

of Bobby Wellins live this summer

Bobby Wellins’ recording career started in 1956 when he joined the legendary Buddy Featherstonhaugh’s piano-less quintet; a line-up which featured Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and Bobby playing tenor saxophone, the instrument to which he since devoted himself.

In the early 1960′s Bobby was recruited by Tony Crombie for his latest band, where he began a long association with the late great British pianist Stan Tracey.

In 1965 the Stan Tracey Quartet’s recording of a suite of pieces inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood was voted in a Jazz UK 1998 magazine poll as their readers all-time favourite British jazz album. It’s testament to the musical creativity of both Bobby and Stan this record was chosen.

Come along to hear the outstanding ability of Bobby Wellins on 26th August 2014.


We have our Jazz Night snack menu as well as the usual set and al carte and welcome those who may simply want a light bite and a drink while enjoying the music.

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    Orphy Robinson performs his live vibes at the Retro in September

Orphy Robinson is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the saxophone, trumpet, drums, piano, marimba and steel pans. He released two critically acclaimed solo albums on the Blue Note label in the 1990s, When Tomorrow Comes and The Vibes Describes.

He has also worked as a composer and led commissions for contemporary dance companies. In 2007 for the UK celebration of the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade; Robinson was invited to the Houses of Parliament to perform solo marimba extracts from his ‘Routes through Roots’ suite.

In the latter part of 2009, Robinson was invited to become the musical director of a newly formed large-scale ensemble based at The Roundhouse, working with drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.

Come along to enjoy the truly original Orphy Robinson on 30th September 2014.

orphy-robinsonevent_underlineRobin Bannerjee returns to the Retro by popular demand this Autumn

Robin Bannerjee studied at The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California under the tuition of legendary Jazz guitarist, Scott Henderson. Robin has over 15 years gigging, touring and recording experience, having performed extensively with the late great Amy Winehouse.

He has vast experience in all genres including playing with International bands like Jazz Jamaica, and at top jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Café.

His current Trio/ Quartet features various top guest vocalists from the London Soul and Jazz scene performing his under his acclaimed arrangement.

Don’t miss your chance to see this inspiring international guitarist at the Retro Bistrot on 28th October.


We have our Jazz Night snack menu as well as the usual set and al carte, and welcome those who may simply want a light bite and a drink while enjoying the music.

event_underlineThis November Christian Brewer brings his superior saxophone sound to the Retro

Christian Brewer is a graduate of the Leeds Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has been a leading voice on the alto saxophone for over 20 years. He’s played with some of the leading figures in European jazz and performed all over Europe including, Ronnie Scotts in London, The Hot club in Lisbon, and The New morning in Paris, alongside jazz festivals such as the Ancona Jazz Festival in Italy, and Swanage Jazz Festival in the UK.

He’s also performed with pop artists including Paul Weller, Seal, Rico Rodriguez and Otis Grand. Recently, Christian has recorded with the Italian pianist Andrea Pozza.

Call in for a jazz night snack and see him perform live on the 25th November.