Events at Rétro

Join us for our popular Jazz Nights in 2015

It’s Jazz Night every last Tuesday of the month chez Retro. We have a snack menu available along side the usual set and a la carte so there’s something for everyone – or you can simply drop in for a drink.

Book via our reservations page online or by ‘phone: 0208 977 2239.

Coming up ….

Finalist in the Young Jazz musician of the Year Gareth Lockrane headlines at the Retro on the 31st March 2015.

“Gareth Lockrane has put the Flute back in jazz and what a sound those alto and bass flutes make…. He plays the flute so lyrically but is still showing strength and inventiveness”. Ray Porter (The Jazz Rep)

Gareth Lockrane started playing the flute at the age of 10 and after raiding his dad’s record collection discovered jazz at 14. His early jazz influences included Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans and Stan Getz.

In 1994 he enrolled on the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where teachers included Stan Sulzmann, Hugh Fraser, Mark Lockheart and Eddie Parker. In 1997, his band “The Jazz System” formed with Osian Roberts was a finalist in the Vienna Jazz Festival Grande Concours de Jazz. In 1998, he studied on the Lake Placid Jazz Course in New York and in 2000 was a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition.

In 2002, he formed the band ‘Grooveyard’ with saxophonist Alex Garnett and released a critically acclaimed debut album “PUT THE CAT OUT” which went on to win the Best European Jazz Group award at the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. Grooveyard went on to release a sequel album in 2012 called “THE STRUT”.

Gareth has subsequently formed his own big band, combining his many musical interests and cinematic influences of greats such as Jerry Fielding, Lalo Schifrin and Bernard Herrmann, with the soul jazz and unrestrained improvisatory nature of Grooveyard. The big band made their debut at the 2008 London Jazz Festival and blends heavy grooves and luscious orchestrations, to spectacular effect.

Drop in at The Retro to catch his unique sound this March or BOOK NOW.


“Ace guitarist” Nigel Price swings with style at the Retro Bistrot in April

The press cuts say it all:

Ace guitarist; full blooded, hard swinging solos” 
The Evening Standard

“A former soldier, guitarist Nigel Price has played with a host of leading British names in the jazz field in settings ranging from mainstream to acid jazz and funk… This former squaddie sounds a real killer. Hands trained to grip enemy throats shouldn’t be capable of such delicate manoeuvres on guitar necks but Mr Price is full of surprises”. 
Jack Massarik, Jazz Critic

Nigel Price is a ‘complete’ guitarist who has good taste and a great sound coupled to a dazzlingly fleet-fingered technique. He is also an interesting composer.”

Nigel-Price-jazzCome get a slice of the auditory action with Nigel at the Retro on the evening of April 28th along with resident jazz band The Terry Collie Trio.

Usual menus alongside special snack menu for those with a light appetite.


Don’t Miss Manzin!

James Brown, Martha Reeves & Donna Summer – he’s played with the best of them. Enjoy his amazing sax playing this May…

“...He (Manzin) has to be heard to be believed!” – Jon Newey, Jazzwise

Altoist Roberto Manzin’s licks are up to the minute” – Evening Standard

Sax-player Roberto Manzin’s solos have something of the chromatic excitement of Brecker and the soulfulness of Sanborn.” – Alison Bentley, LondonJazz

Scorching Italian tenorist Roberto Manzin” -Time Out

Roberto Manzin was born 1966 in Rome, Italy, of Eastern European refugees who were also musicians. His musical life began in Milan where he moved with his family when he was five, he studied music privately and then at the school Civica Scuola di Musica Villa Simonetta.

During the 1980s Manzin begun playing in several music clubs in Milan, and during the 1990s was part of the Tony Scott Jazz Quintet (Scott being an American bebop clarinet player who performed with Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday). Manzin became a successful session player, contributing to seven albums in 1992 alone, with leading Italian artists as well as featuring in several TV commercials (inc Invicta and BMW). Manzin performed regularly in Milan jazz clubs and toured with the Italian singer Enzo Jannacci and the American artist Gene Anthony Ray (who played the role of Leroy Johnson in Fame).

Manzin also worked extensively in TV where he played with, among others, James Brown, Zucchero Fornaciari and Manu Katché. In the late 1990s Manzin migrated to London, where he continued his musical activity. Over the years Manzin has performed and/or recorded with Martha Reeves and the Vandelas, Donna Summer, Dave Weckl and many more top musical stars.

Manzin continues to be a popular session player (he recorded on eight albums in 2010, ranging in style from Pop to Latin, Rock/Blues, Ska and Jazz) and appears in music festivals throughout Europe, as well as performing regularly at many venues in London.

Roberto will be with us for the evening of Tuesday May 26th 2015.

 event_underlineHe’s played for royalty and superstars, Tony Barnard now due to entertain Retro diners in June

Dazzling technique” – Daily Telegraph, Sydney
Music of agreeable depth and more than usual engagement” – The Stage, London
Tony plays brilliant guitar” – Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney
The Barnard solos blend fleet single note runs with choppy and emphatic chordal phrasing. He is a master accompanist too” – Campbell Burnap, Jazz FM, London

Tony-BarnardTony Barnard started on guitar in 1970, studying both jazz and classical music He has composed for and appeared in television series, commercials, stage shows and movies. He’s played with the likes of Ronnie Scott’s jazz orchestra, Dave Liebman, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Cliff Richard, Curtis Stigers, Don Burrows and very many more top names in the world of music.

Tony has performed for royalty and superstars such as HRH Prince Charles, HRH Queen of Denmark, Australian Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating, Fraser and Howard, President Giscard of France , Sir David Attenborough, , Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir David Frost, Sean Connery, Sophia Loren, Sir Richard Attenborough, Sir Ian McKellan, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Daniel Craig, Paul Hogan, Keith Emerson, Paul Newman, Sam Neil, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Kathy Bates, Liz Hurley, Barbra Windsor… the list goes on forever but you get the picture!

Come and enjoy being a superstar member of his audience at the Retro on Tuesday evening June 30th 2015.