5 seats short of a full house for the 8-piece Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Ragtime and 1920s show for the Music at twilight concert series, Wednesday 1 June, St George Auditorium.
Photos, maestro, please! (And after the photos, musician bios)
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1920s 8-piece Band BIOS:
Greg Poppleton: Authentic 1920s singer with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters and The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra. 700,000 YouTube views for his music. Film & TV actor, voiceover and award-winning radio broadcaster. 3 albums of 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing released with a fourth album, Back In Your Own Backyard, scheduled for Spring.
Paul Furniss: Soprano / Alto Saxes and Clarinet: Paul is regarded as one of Australia’s best jazz musicians. He was a lecturer at the Conservatorium of Music, a founder member of Tom Baker’s San Francisco Jazz Band (taking over the leadership in 1979), was a member of the Graeme Bell band and played for the Sidney Bechet Society in New York City.
Al Davey: Trumpet and Trombone. Al is a highly sought after jazz soloist, big band lead trumpeter and session musician. He has been featured at the prestigious Wangaratta, Manly and Thredbo Jazz Festivals. Al’s trumpet playing has been described by eminent jazz critic John Shand as “being plump of sound and sharp of line.”
Grahame Conlon: Guitar and Banjo. Grahame has worked with Ricky May, Billy Fields, Tom Baker, Keith Hounslow, Anita Thomas, Kenny Powell, John Morrison’s Swing City, The New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra and The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra. He has worked extensively as a radio, TV and session musician and toured in festivals across Australia and overseas.
Bradley Newman: Piano. A repetiteur for tap and ballet since he was 16, Bradley trained classically before playing jazz and musical theatre including professional productions of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables (Asian Tour). He continues to play for ballet classes and exams, and is pianist for The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra.
Stan Valacos: Double bass. Played classical guitar growing up, switching to jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Stan has doghoused for just about everyone in Australian jazz including Ian Date, George Washingmachine, Bob Barnard and Matt Baker. He has played festivals across Australia and overseas.
Cazzbo Johns: Sousaphone. Musician, performer, piano technician, meandering milk-crate-cyclist, general eccentric and lady of under-employed leisure. She was principle tuba player in the Australian Opera. She is principle sousaphone player in Mic Conway’s National Junk Band. And she is one third of the world-touring Kransky Sisters.
Alex Inman-Hislop: Drums. Born on the 14th of July 1993, Alex Inman-Hislop has dedicated most of his life to music. As a scholarship recipient at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music Performance. Alex has a number of ongoing musical endeavours that take him across Australia and around the globe.