On July 10, a beautifully sunny Wednesday afternoon in Sydney, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, played their jazz from the 1920s to a harbourside room brimming with Sydney Jazz Club members in the Sydney Flying Squadron club.
The dance floor was full.
In the band: Greg Poppleton Sydney only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Paul Furniss alto sax and clarinet, Al Davey trumpet and trombone, Geoff Power sousaphone, Grahame Conlon banjo, Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard.
Pictures tell a thousand words about the event. Motion pictures a thousand more. Here are two YouTube clips of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on 10 July playing St James Infirmary and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Enjoy and check out the band’s latest album, CD and download, on Bandcamp, Doin’ The Charleston
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – SYDNEY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT
The lyrics I sing on St James Infirmary are different from the lyrics usually trotted out. I chose them from a treasure trove of verses I found printed as part of a 1920s published arrangement. I chose verses that have the most relevance to me, and I hope, you. They’re about loss as distinct from blokes in box back coats with gold coins covering their eyes. Who’s worn a box back coat down the local pub any day since 1899?
ST JAMES INFIRMARY – SYDNEY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT
We’d love to play at your place, too, at your wedding, party or company function. Email me, Greg, firstname.lastname@example.org