Blue Skies performed by April Phillips with The Retro Pack
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The Retro Pack
Unforgettable - Nelson Jazz Fest Review 2008
"April Phillips, has a voice of honey. Her excellent phrasing in The Very Thought of You brought meaning to the lyrics."
Unforgettable - Tauranga Jazz Festival Review 2008
"Vocalist April Phillips was equally outstanding; understated, with a strong modulated-voice and, like Teka, a powerful ability to bestow meaning on Cole’s especially poignant lyrics of love; her cover of ‘Nature Boy’ was the best live version I have ever heard. Phillip’s version of ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ was also breath-taking when accompanied by Andrew London’s acoustic guitar, Olsen’s echoic sax, and Norman Meeham’s beautiful, expressive keyboards. "
The Make-A-Wish Jazz Album Reviewed by: Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post Friday 1 April 2005
"All proceeds from April are being donated to the Make A Wish foundation (“granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy”, as it is explained in the liner notes). And certainly that is to be admired. And it is reason enough, I believe, to support this artistic endeavour. But, April is also a lovely album, because April Phillips can really sing. And her voice is put to perfect use across a mix of jazz and pop standards, from Old Devil Moon and It Had To Be You to Someone to Watch Over Me and The Man I Love. Backed by the best local jazz musicians (Norman Meehan, piano/keyboards; Johnny Lippiett, saxophone; Lance Philip, drums) April’s voice dominates the rich layered tunes. And Norman Meehan’s sympathetic, gentle arrangements perfectly account for this. Fans of vocal jazz will be impressed with this local talent – and what a novel way to support a wonderful cause. If you can’t find it in shops it’s available through her website: www.aprilphillips.com "
Sounds Like: Diana Krall; Ella Fitzgerald; Julie London
Record Label: GODIVA Productions Ltd
Corporate Gig, Christmas 2020
"We booked April for our end of year work function with a bit of a speak easy type theme and were exceptionally pleased with the result. April was really easy to work with leading up to the event and made herself available for set up prior to the gig. She was on time and did an excellent job of reading the room. She is wonderfully diverse and had something in her set for everyone. I would highly recommend her for your function."
Kim, Office of the Auditor General 2020
Private birthday party, 2022
"What a fantastic job you did! It was everything I could have hoped for and more! I loved seeing so many up dancing and enjoying your music. Thank you once again."
Retirement Event, Victoria University of Wellington, 2022
"Good morning April, thanks for last night. Just want to say that you are amazing, everybody loved your performance. Thank you again!"