A happy coincidence in times and time zones means that Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters have the honour of being the first band to play for 2016 International Jazz Day.
It’s a double show at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre with Frank Sinatra in Pal Joey (1957) following on the big screen. Tickets. The first big jazz show for 2016 International Jazz Day starts at 7pm. Will you be there?
The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre will be holding the World’s first official International Jazz Day (IJD) event, 7:30pm, Friday, April 29, with a double bill of live 1920s – 30s swing and a classic Frank Sinatra movie set in the 20s and 30s.
International Jazz Day is an annual UNESCO event, celebrating the connectivity of jazz across all continents and cultures. It is organised by the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in Washington DC.
The first of the day’s worldwide events will be held at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre.
The final IJD event will be a gala jazz concert in Washington featuring Herbie Hancock and attended by Barack and Michelle Obama.
On stage at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre for IJD will be Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters, followed on the big screen by the 1957 Frank Sinatra – Rita Hayworth classic, Pal Joey.
Jazz critics in Australia and the US call Greg Poppleton an uncannily authentic 1920s – 1930s singer.
He has just returned as a headliner from the 2016 Waiheke international Jazz Festival in Auckland.
Greg has sung at the Sydney, Thredbo, Blue Mountains 1920s, Dubbo, Illawarra, Glen Street Theatre and Canberra Centenary festivals.
Bob Rogers featured Greg Poppleton’s songs on his 2CH Saturday Night Special.
Greg has more than 600,000 hits for one YouTube song mix making him one of the most listened to Australian jazz singers online.
Energetic and theatrical, with a long list of film and TV credits, Greg entertains.
His songs cover the Jazz Age and Swing Era and will include some of those 1920s-30s songs in the Pal Joey score like ‘The Lady is a Tramp’.
With Greg, in the Bakelite Broadcasters, will be three jazz musicians who tour nationally and overseas.
Paul Furniss, on soprano sax, alto sax and clarinet is regarded as one of Australia’s best jazz musicians, according to Wikipaedia.
ARIA nominee Geoff Power, will be doubling trumpet and sousaphone.
And Grahame Conlon plays banjo and guitar, just as he did in combos lead by the great Ricky May.
“Boy, do these guys swing!” JazzReview.com (U.S)
Pal Joey stars Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak at their all-time, glittering best.
With stellar choreography, snappy writing, and great Rodgers and Hart tunes, Pal Joey is adult, witty, sharp as a gilded tack.
It won four Oscar nominations.
Do not miss Greg Poppleton in his most exciting and adventurous show yet – on stage at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre with the 1957 jazz movie classic, Pal Joey.
International Jazz Day with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (live) and Pal Joey (1957 film)
Friday, April 29. Show starts 7pm
Bookings: Avoca Beach Picture Theatre 4382 1777 and online at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre website http://www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au/jazz-day.html
Band bookings: www.bakelitejazz.com