Here’s a pic taken from the cinema stalls of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters launching the latest swing album, ‘Sweet Sue’.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters ‘Sweet Sue’ album launch. Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s singer) Al Davey (trumpet / trombone) Chuck Morgan (guitar) David Seidel (double bass) Lawrie Thompson (drums)
The launch, at the Empire Cinema, Bowral, was followed by a screening of the motion picture, White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby.
‘Sweet Sue’, is a digital only download available at Bandcamp. 15 great small group swing songs featuring Greg Poppleton (voc) Paul Furniss (saxes/clarinet) Al Davey (trumpet / trombone) Grahame Conlon (guitar) Darcy Wright and Mark Harris (double bass) Lawrie Thompson (drums). Get yours now!
Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp
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I’ll be singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s with my band Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters this Tuesday.
So I’ve put together an encore Phantom Dancer presentation for you on 2SER 107.3 this Tuesday 10 December at 12 noon. You can also hear it online at 2ser.com. But it means, however, there’s no play list.
BUT – I’ll make it up to you with TWO Phantom Dancer Videos of the Week.
The first, Frances Carroll & her Coquettes is a Vitaphone short from the late 1930s. The all-women band play a few Raymond Scott numbers and lots more swing beside. And the band features Viola Smith – the female Gene Krupa – on drums.
Well, Viola Smith turned 101 on 29th November 2013! And your 2nd Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a fascinating video interview with her by Tom Tom Magazine. Enjoy!
And you can hear past Phantom Dancers in the 2SER archive
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The Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters trio, Greg Poppleton (1920s vocals) Geoff Power (trumpet / sousaphone) and Grahame Conlon (banjo) had the great pleasure playing for the 1920s themed University of NSW Postgraduate ‘Great Postgrad’ Ball in the mighty Roundhouse at UNSW (from where I had graduated all those years ago as a Chemical Engineer).
Many thanks to long time Bakelite Broadcasters and Phantom Dancer radio show fan, Maria, for recommending the Bakelite Trio to the organising committee.
Here are some action snaps of the night. We hope to play for you, too. Contact us via our official website www.bakelitejazz.com.
Greg Poppleton singing the songs of the 1920s at the Great PostGrad Ball at UNSW
Bakeliter Geoff Power at the sousaphone
…and on trumpet
Bakeliter Grahame Conlon, banjo
Greg Poppleton singing through the big red megaphone
Book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s Gatsby speakeasy party. Visit the band’s official website www.bakelitejazz.com
Bakelite albums available now on Bandcamp
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Heigh – diddly – ho Phantom Dancers,
I’ll be out of the studio doing my other job of acting during Phantom Dancer time tomorrow, 12 noon – 2pm, 107.3 2SER Sydney (listen online at 2ser.com)
And this Sunday, 8th December from 1:15pm, I’ll be launching Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’s new album, Sweet Sue, available on Bandcamp at Stage & Screen, Bowral.
But I’ve put together an encore mix of past Phantom Dancers including live 1920s-60s radio broadcasts by Gene Krupa, Bunny Berrigan, Benny Goodman and more. There’s no play list for you. But there is a video of the week. Private Snafu, made at Warner Brothers, written by Dr Seuss, voiced by Mel Blanc. Enjoy!
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Another encore Phantom Dancer for you this week. I must away from the studio.
This Tuesday, you’ll hear live 1920s – 60s radio swing and jazz by Wild Bill Davison, Baby Dodds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jim Davidson & the ABC Dance Orchestra, Chris Connor, Jimmy Dorsey, The Andrew Sisters and lots more, from radio programs like ‘This Is Jazz’, ‘Jubilee’, ‘Bandstand USA’, and ‘Sunset Serenade’.
Oh, and Robert Young from ‘Father Knows Best’ will pop by to talk to the kids.
The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER Sydney
Tuesdays 12 – 2pm EST (+11 GMT)
Listen online: http://www.2ser.com
So there’s no play list today, but there is the Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. It’s an all-star Sounds of Jazz TV Show, CBS 1957. The music’s so good, CBS released the soundtrack as an LP in 1958. Enjoy!
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Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the great pleasure of playing for Jules’ and Kate’s 40th on Saturday evening.
What a beautiful party.
The guests filled the large verandah where we played. Indeed, guests were standing right up to where the band was playing. And we serenaded everyone with uptempo swing and jazz from the 1920s and 1930s, without blasting. So everyone could talk easily while hearing and feeling the atmosphere created by the band.
As Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s singer, I always feel very honoured by the world-toured greats who want to play in the Bakelite Broadcasters.
In the party band, Paul Furniss, considered to be one of Australia’s greatest ever jazz musicians was on clarinet, Chuck Morgan who tours nationally and internationally with the great Janet Seidel was on guitar and Stan Valacos, who also tours nationally and internationally with the big names in jazz, was on acoustic double bass – no amp – sounded beautiful!
I took some pictures during a band instrumental before the sun set. I hope you like them.
Find out more, or book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, through the band’s website www.bakelitejazz.com. See us at Stage & Screen, Empire Cinema Bowral, 1:30pm Sunday 8 December
1920s-1930s style singer Greg Poppleton singing with his Bakelite Broadcasters for a 40th Birthday Party. Stan Valacos, double bass
Chuck Morgan (g) Stan Valacos (b) swing it out with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for a 40th Birthday Party
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at a 40th Birthday Party. Here’s a pic of the Bakelite Broadcasters with Greg Poppleton’s mic in the foreground. Chuck Morgan (g) Stan Valacos (b) Paul Furniss (cl)
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