Waiheke International Jazz Festival Part 1 – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Over the Easter holiday weekend, Friday 24th – Sunday 27th March, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played for thousands of happy jazz fans at the 2016 Waiheke International Jazz Festival.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters were personally invited to perform over three days at this prestigious international event by Waiheke Festival director, John Quigley.

John saw Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play at the 2015 Thredbo Jazz Festival where he was also performing with his Nairobi Trio..

We left Sydney Thursday afternoon bound for Auckland in New Zealand.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters' plane at Sydney Airport
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’ plane at Sydney Airport

 

We flew over the cloudy Tasman Sea. Auckland had had a massive storm on Wednesday and it was still bucketing down in patches on the Thursday.

The crested waves and briny majesty of the Tasman Sea can be fully appreciated in this photo taken 11 kilometres up and traveling at 1000 kph.
The crested waves and briny majesty of the Tasman Sea can be fully appreciated in this photo taken 11 kilometres up and traveling at 1000 kph.

 

The band’s first glimpse of The land of the Long White Cloud.

The verdant New Zealand countryside
Land ho! The verdant New Zealand countryside at first glance.

 

When we arrived at the ferry terminal in Auckland to take us to Waiheke Island, a rainbow told us that all will be fine for the festival weekend.

A rainbow at Auckland harbour
A rainbow at Auckland harbour

 

I may be wrong, but there’s not much of Auckland’s 19th century and early 20th century grand buildings left in the CBD. This stately pile by the ferry terminal was an impressive exception.

The Ferry Terminal Building, Auckland.
The Ferry Terminal Building, Auckland.

 

On the ferry we met a few Waihekeans who were excited that a 1920s – 30s trio was playing (namely Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters). It was a wonderful surprise to then meet our ferry friends again at the band’s Friday night Artworks Theatre show and Saturday night Morra Hall Show.

The wake of the Waiheke Island ferry
In the wake of the Waiheke Island ferry

 

We stayed in a ‘bach’, the NZ word for holiday house, at Hakenua Bay.

Hekerua Bay
Hekerua Bay from the bach deck

 

Looking east over Hekerua Bay from the stony beach.
Looking east over Hekerua Bay from the stony beach.

 

Seaweed washed up on the rocky beach at Hakenua Bay I’ve never seen before. Can you identify it?

Seaweed from Hekerua. What's it called?
Seaweed from Hekerua. What’s it called?

 

Only a 20 minute walk away was the town of Oneroa. Among the craggy rocks at the foot of the headland between Oneroa and Little Oneroa Beaches I found a secluded place to do my vocal warm-ups and sing a few arie to get the voice box working.

The craggy rocks between Oneroa and Little Oneroa
The craggy rocks between Oneroa and Little Oneroa

 

A rock bridge at Oneroa
A rock bridge at Oneroa

 

At the house on Friday afternoon, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters got together on the deck overlooking Hekerua Bay to run through the weekend shows. It was a stripped back Bakelite Broadcasters band with Greg Chilcott doubling trombone and sousaphone and Arthur Washington playing guitar.

Halfway through the run-through I pulled out the camera to take a snap of a distant cloud-shrouded island across the Hauraki Gulf.

Is this mysterious cloud shrouded island on the horizon Little Barrier Island?
Is this mysterious cloud shrouded island on the horizon Little Barrier Island?

 

The first Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters‘ show for the Waiheke Festival was at Oneroa’s Artworks Theatre.

George Washingmachine opened the bill. We were followed by Liam Burrows and his quartet.

A picture I took as I arrived at the Artworks Theatre. The first act is already playing.
A picture I took as I arrived at the Artworks Theatre. George Washingmachine is already on stage opening the night’s show.

 

Steve Bone took some photos at the band’s Waiheke Artworks and Morra Hall shows, and the big Rangihoua Estate festival finale.

When Steve sends them over, I will write you the next nail-biting instalment of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2016 Waiheke International Jazz Festival in full 1920s-1930s flight.

The Artworks Theatre audience as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play.
The Artworks Theatre audience as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play.

 

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters will be at the Illawarra Jazz Festival, 3:30pm, Saturday 30 April. TICKETS

The night before we’ll be part of a big feature double with the 1957 Frank Sinatra film, Pal Joey, at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre for International Jazz Day 2016. TICKETS SELLING FAST

international jazz day 2016
Greg Poppleton Avoca Beach Picture Theatre Show, Friday 29 April. With Geoff Power, Paul Furniss and Grahame Conlon.

 

To book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your wedding, corporate event, party or festival, contact the ever helpful Tony Jex

61 2 9567 7171 | 61 412 686 814 | tony@ozmanagement.com

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