1920s Orchestra ‘The Lounge Bar Lotharios’ Spring Into Jazz.


Spring Into Jazz 2014. Authentic, Sydney-based, 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, entertained an enthusiastic audience of picnickers and dancers with a 3 hour concert of energetic 1920s hotcha from the historic Art Deco Music Shell in St Leonards Park, North Sydney.

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Some of the Art Deco detailing on the Music Shell, St Leonards Park, North Sydney, where 1920s Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, entertained with a 3 hour show at the 2014 Spring Into Jazz festival.

Playing Roaring ’20s classics like Shanghai Shuffle, Let’s Do The Breakaway and If I Had A Talking Picture Of You, all from original 1920s vintage scores, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, kept the crowd happy and singing along on a warm November afternoon, despite the blustery winds.

Here are photos of the concert for you PLUS a glowing review of The Lounge Bar Lotharios performance…

The Lounge Bar Lotharios in the Music Shell during sound check. The perfect sound was by Tony Jex, OzManagement audio visual 02 9567 7171
The Lounge Bar Lotharios in the Music Shell during sound check. The perfect sound was by Tony Jex, OzManagement audio visual 02 9567 7171

“Congratulations to Greg Poppleton, Geoff Power and the whole Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra! You presented what is a rare thing nowadays: 11 well-trained musicians, from young to “well traveled” playing a specific style of jazz with passion and expertise. The group sounded cohesive and perfectly balanced. I loved the tone of the sousaphone as well as the authentic sounding drum kit which was manned by a very young drummer, for the genre, and who had obviously does his homework on 1920/30s music.
It was just a pleasure to work with all of you and great to share in the excellent atmosphere you created for all those who attended. Good to see so many smiling faces in the crowd!
Regards
Tony Jex
OzManagement Audio Visual Services 02 9567 7171″

The Lounge Bar Lotharios are absolutely authentic as a 1920s Dance Orchestra and have played at the Canberra Centenary Gala and Great Art Deco Ball. Some of the 11-piece band you can see in this photo are (l-r) Alex Inman-Hislop (drums) Paul Furniss (soprano sax, alto sax and clarinet) Ron Nairn (alto sax and clarinet) greg Poppleton (1920s singer (in blue)) James Power (trumpet) and next to him is Ben Gurton's trombone just at edge of frame.
The Lounge Bar Lotharios are absolutely authentic as a 1920s Dance Orchestra. The orchestra has played at the Canberra Centenary Gala and Great Art Deco Ball. Some of the 11-piece 1920s orchestra you can see in this photo are (l-r) Alex Inman-Hislop (drums) Paul Furniss (soprano sax, alto sax and clarinet) Ron Nairn (alto sax and clarinet) Greg Poppleton (1920s singer (in blue)) James Power (trumpet) and next to him is Ben Gurton’s trombone, just at edge of frame.

In The Lounge Bar Lotharios:
Authentic 1920s singer – Greg Poppleton
1st trumpet and music director – Geoff Power
2nd trumpet – Jamie Power
Trombone – Ben Gurton
1st Alto Sax, Soprano Sax and Clarinet – Paul Furniss
2nd Alto Sax and Clarinet – Ron Nairn
Tenor Sax and Clarinet – Jim Elliott
Piano – Bradley Newman
Banjo – Michael Brady
Sousaphone – Greg Chilcott
Drums – Alex Inman-Hislop

Two of Australia's greatest and world-renowned jazz musicians with a rising star on banjo. On trumpet is The Lounge Bar Lotharios' musical director and co-leader, ARIA nominee and festival headliner, Geoff Power. Playing clarinet in this picture, and he is also the first alto sax and the soprano sax player, is Paul Furniss. Paul is named in Wiki as one of the greatest jazz musicians Australia has ever produced. Michael Brady plays the banjo.
Two of Australia’s greatest and world-renowned jazz musicians with a rising star on banjo. On trumpet is The Lounge Bar Lotharios’ musical director and co-leader, ARIA nominee and festival headliner, Geoff Power. Playing clarinet in this picture, he is also first alto sax and the soprano sax player in The Lounge Bar Lotharios, is Paul Furniss. Paul is named in Wiki as one of the greatest jazz musicians Australia has ever produced. Michael Brady plays the banjo.
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s singer and is the singer and co-leader of The Lounge Bar Lotharios. He has a 3 octave lyric baritone range. He studied under maestro Steve Ostrow, who himself studied under the 20th century operatic greats, Melchior and Schipa.
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer and is the singer and co-leader of The Lounge Bar Lotharios. He has a 3 octave lyric baritone range. He studied under maestro Steve Ostrow, who himself studied under the 20th century operatic greats, Melchior and Schipa.
The rest of The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s rhythm section (you've already met Michael Brady on banjo). Bradley Newman (piano) Greg Chilcott (sousaphone) Alex Inman-Hislop (drums).
The rest of The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s rhythm section (you’ve already met Michael Brady on banjo). Bradley Newman (piano) Greg Chilcott (sousaphone) Alex Inman-Hislop (drums).
This photo of the band includes Jim Elliott (tenor sax and clarinet) just behind 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, in the blue, double-breasted Royale.
This photo of The Lounge Bar Lotharios includes Jim Elliott (tenor sax and clarinet) just behind 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, in the blue, double-breasted Royale.
A Kookaburra on a Hills Fig tree near the stage. Even birds enjoy the tunefulness of The Lounge Bar Lotharios because we don't hurt their delicate ears. Indeed, Kookaburras have good ears but they tend to hear things differently to us. Kookaburras recognise and remember something akin to absolute pitch whereas humans perceive sounds via relative pitch. Very few humans can hear and remember absolute pitch. Relative pitch however allows us to hear a tune in one octave and still recognise the tune in a different octave. While Kookaburras can't do this, they can recognise 'timbre' (a fundamental note combined with harmonies). Recognising timbre and harmonic variations gives Kookaburras great versatility in the sounds that they can respond to, and in some cases reproduce. They also hear shorter notes than we can. Humans process sounds in bytes about 1/20 of a second long whereas Kookaburras discriminate up to 1/200 of a second. This means where we hear one sound only, a Kooka may hear as many as ten separate notes. Some birds such as Pigeons can hear much lower sounds than us. Kookaburras can be music buffs and can distinguish between human composers such as Bach and Stravinsky. Seems this Kooka didn't mind our Bach and bytes at all!
A Kookaburra on a Hills Fig tree near the stage. Even birds enjoy the tunefulness of The Lounge Bar Lotharios because we are kind to sensitive ears. Indeed, Kookaburras have good ears but they tend to hear things differently to us. Kookaburras recognise and remember something akin to absolute pitch whereas humans perceive sounds via relative pitch. Very few humans can hear and remember absolute pitch. Relative pitch however allows us to hear a tune in one octave and still recognise the tune in a different octave. While Kookaburras can’t do this, they can recognise ‘timbre’ (a fundamental note combined with harmonies). Recognising timbre and harmonic variations gives Kookaburras great versatility in the sounds that they can respond to, and in some cases reproduce. They also hear shorter notes than we can. Humans process sounds in bytes about 1/20 of a second long whereas Kookaburras discriminate up to 1/200 of a second. This means where we hear one sound only, a Kooka may hear as many as ten separate notes. Kookaburras can be music buffs and can distinguish between human composers such as Bach and Stravinsky. Seems this Kooka didn’t mind The Lounge Bar Lotharios Bach and bytes at all!

Enquire now. You, too, can have The Lounge Bar Lotharios bring real, red hot, 1920s Great Gatsby Art Deco Cotton Club Speakeasy magic to your festival, club, event, wedding, corporate function and party.

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