Thredbo Jazz Festival 2015 – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


The first weekend in May is always Thredbo Jazz Festival time at Australia’s premier snow resort.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played 3 shows at Thredbo this year and made lots of new friends. Thank you to Festival Organiser, Jen, and Music Directors, Stewart and Brian.

We were even invited to play at some New Zealand jazz festivals next year. More on this in later posts when dates are finalised.

And a shout out to Joseph Boutros at Speech Factory who’ll be recommending the band to his students, particularly noting the way I deliver a song and communicate on stage. Thank you, Joseph.

In the band, Greg Poppleton 1920s vocals and megaphone, Chuck Morgan banjo, guitar and ukelele, Greg Chilcott sousaphone and trombone and Alex Inman-Hislop drums.

Selfie, first show in the Village Square. Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Greg Chicott (trombone) Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Selfie, first show in the Village Square. Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Greg Chicott (trombone) Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Thredbo Festival 2015. Greg Poppleton (taking the pic) Alex Inman-Hislop drums, Chuck Morgan banjo, guitar, uke, Greg Chicott trombone and sousaphone.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Thredbo Festival 2015. Greg Poppleton (taking the pic) Alex Inman-Hislop drums, Chuck Morgan banjo, guitar, uke, Greg Chicott trombone and sousaphone.

Also at Thredbo were such jazz greats as George Washingmachine and his son Arthur Washington (who sat in with the band at Cascades Restaurant on Sunday afternoon), The Nairobi Trio from New Zealand…

The Nairobi Trio in the Apres Bar at The Denman. George Washingmachine (black hat) sitting in.
The Nairobi Trio in the Apres Bar at The Denman. George Washingmachine (black hat) sitting in.

…Brett Iggulden (of Red Onions fame) and Billy Burton…

The Dixie Street All-Stars. Paul Baker (also Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters half in frame on the left.) Brett Iggulden soprano sax, Billy Burton trumpet, George Washingmachine violin.
The Dixie Street All-Stars. Paul Baker (also Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters half in frame on the left.) Brett Iggulden soprano sax, Billy Burton trumpet, George Washingmachine violin.

…Paul Baker (one of the banjoists in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters), Bob Porter who sat in with the Bakelites on clarinet for the midnight Saturday night show, Matt McMahon and people like Katie Noonan and Ms Murphy so the broad range of the jazz spectrum was covered.

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Three beautiful things about the Thredbo Jazz Festival make it a most wonderful experience for fans of jazz and live music in general.

1, the high calibre of musicianship across all the bands creates many gobsmakingly brilliant moments in very venue,

2, every venue is within easy walking distance of each other so you can’t help but want to sample all the music on offer day and night. This is The Denman where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters also stayed…

Thank you to the wonderful people at The Denman for putting the band up at Thredbo. The Denman also had The Nairobi Trio in their Apres Bar.
Thank you to the wonderful people at The Denman for putting the band up at Thredbo. The Denman also had The Nairobi Trio in their Apres Bar.

3, walking is a pleasure in this beautiful pedestrian friendly village nestled in the wilds of Kosciusko National Park.

Indeed, I even had some time between shows and enjoying other bands music to go walking in the surrounding moments.

I almost made it to Australia’s highest point, Mt Kosciusko on Sunday. Retired Bakelite Broadcasters double bassist, Dieter Vogt, (who also played in the Graeme Bell, Keith Hounslow Bands and with Joe Zawinul as a trumpet player early in his career) suggested taking the chairlift up and then doing the 4km walk. But by the time I pulled myself away from listening to some excellent bands and got to the top chairlift station, I had to hurry back down the mountain again for a big, fun Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters show at Cascades.

Laying on the poa, listening to the Dixie Street All-Stars (acoustic) playing in the valley below.
Laying on the poa, listening to the Dixie Street All-Stars (acoustic) playing in the valley 500m below.
A moth on the poa next to me.
A moth on the poa next to me.
Can you spot the wren?
Can you spot the wren?
Alpine flannel flowers halfway up the mountain.
Alpine flannel flowers halfway up the mountain.
Paper daisies in the middle of an alpine meadow.
Paper daisies, so called because their petals feel like paper, in the middle of an alpine meadow.
More alpine flora...
More alpine flora…
...and fauna. Black crows, and I just missed out taking a pic of a small flock of black cockatoos.
…and fauna. Black crows. I just missed out taking a pic of a small flock of black cockatoos. Plenty of wombat (and rabbit) scat in the bush, too.
High up near Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak.
High up near Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak.
The view back to the next gig.
The view back to the next gig about 2000m up.
The mighty Thredbo River.
The mighty Thredbo River.
The Cascade Restaurant in the Alpine Lodge where the band played on Sunday. We also played in Alpine Lodge Lounge midnight Saturday night.
The Cascade Restaurant in the Alpine Lodge where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played on Sunday – well stocked with Yalumba wines and Kosciusko Beer – two of the Festival sponsors. We also played in the Alpine Lodge Lounge midnight Saturday night, joined by Bob Porter on clarinet and cheered on by violinist, George Washingmachine.

Visit the official website for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters http://www.bakelitejazz.com.

We’d like to play for your event, too. Contact us.

And as one of the guests said, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters live is even better than the albums…

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