HAPPY NEW YEAR BAKELITERS!
Happy New Year, Bakeliters. Greg Poppleton here with your January newsletter. I’ve got some photos for you of the Broadcasters playing in December – including the Sweet Sue album launch in Bowral. Have you downloaded your copy, yet? Here’s the link: SWEET SUE ALBUM
Where can you see the Bakelites next?
Sat Jan 18, 2-5pm, Penrith RSL, Tindale St Penrith, Free
Sat Feb 1, 7-11pm, Great Art Deco Ball – Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Three course dinner plus dance. Bookings
Sun Feb 16, 12:30-4pm, Jazz In The Pines, Dural, Roughley House, 656 Old Northern Road, Dural. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dural Visitor Information Centre 02 9651 4411
December was a very busy month for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
We played December 6, 8 (Sweet Sue album launch, Bowral), 10, 11, twice on the 12th, 13, 16, 17, 19, 27. And the new digital album, Sweet Sue, was album of the week on 102.5FM Fine Music Sydney (2MBS).
ArtSoundFM Canberra were also going to make Sweet Sue CD of the Week – but it is not available as a CD! It’s a digital download you can download straight to your computer, iPod or smartphone at Bandcamp. Very easy.
Again, here’s the link where you can check Sweet Sue out for FREE. SWEET SUE ALBUM.
TOP 40 CHARTS.COM – SWEET SUE REVIEW
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters have released their latest LP record, titled, “Sweet Sue.” The record is comprised of 15 tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour. A return to the popular, early jazz era of the ’10s, Roaring ’20s and 1930s, “Sweet Sue” is great music performed the way it hasn’t been done in a hundred years, and it’s creating exclamation points among critics and music fans alike everywhere it goes.
Australia’s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (who take their name from a plastic created in 1907 used largely in radios) are not another latter-day swing-revival big band. This sound is earlier than Glenn Miller’s. This is music F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby might have listened to, and it is entirely legitimate. Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters are a genuine crew of “old souls,” if any performer could ever be called such.
Poppleton himself cites as main artistic influences a top-shelf roster: Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly, Rudy Vallee, Annette Hanshaw, Bing Crosby, Rudi Schuericke, Alberto Rabiagliati, Skinnay Ennis, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa, Cab Calloway, Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, and Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra.
To those who don’t know, the above list should at least prove that Poppleton isn’t coming from the usual crowd of fanboys familiar with names like Krupa, James, Dorsey, and Goodman, all of whom are exceptionally popular titans of jazz by any account. But to those who do know, it’s positively clear that Poppleton is a man of exceptionally good taste who really knows his records.
When asked what possible message their new album may have in store for listeners, Poppleton states proudly, “’Sweet Sue‘ is a shared acknowledgement between listeners and Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters as to how we choose to fit in the contemporary music scene: ‘Vive la différence!’”
Ironically, the Broadcasters aren’t finding such differences to be anything but a boon. Their 2012 LP, “Doin’ the Charleston,” has become one of a very elite clutch of independent jazz records to be played on modern commercial radio. It has been listed as CD of the Week and Jazz CD of the Week on flagship metropolitan radio stations. They were Jazz Finalists at the 2013 MusicOz Awards.
Also very much of note is the live essence of their “Sweet Sue” recording. Every take is entirely recorded live as a band, all at once as it was done in the 1920s and for decades afterward. The studio was cramped, forcing Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters to play barefooted, as their tapping feet were being picked up by microphones. Alternative takes have been included on the record as an added treat for their fans, many of whom may not have ever heard how the performance of a jazz number will shift from show to show.
“[The alternative takes] show that Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters never play the same song the same way twice,” writes a Poppleton representative. “It’s real improvised jazz and swing – keeping this collection of classics from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s energetic, exciting and fresh. We sincerely trust you’ll enjoy, ‘Sweet Sue.’”
“Sweet Sue” by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is available online worldwide. Get in early.
-S. McCauley, New York.
Get your SWEET SUE ALBUM DOWNLOAD here.
ACTION DECEMBER BAND PICS – BLURRY ‘SWEET SUE’ ALBUM LAUNCH PHOTO
Sunday 8 December, Stage & Screen, Empire Cinema, Bong Bong St, Bowral.
Get your SWEET SUE ALBUM DOWNLOAD here.
ROARING 20s GATSBY PICNIC PHOTO
Friday 13 December, Park Hyatt Hotel, The Rocks.
“Thank you to you and your band for a wonderful afternoon,” Holly Speerin, Event Organiser
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Thank you for support in 2013! Wishing you all the best for 2014!
See you at another show soon,
PS: Do you want Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters or The Lounge Bar Lotharios at your place? We’d love to play for you. To arrange a rendezvous, please visit the band website www.bakelitejazz.com, or the 1920s orchestra website www.sydney1920sjazzorchestra.com.au or call Tony Jex 02 9567 7171, 007 941 263.