January 2021 1920s-30s Band Newsletter

Happy 2021!

Due to Covid, the 6 Feb show has been postponed

2 Band shows in February
Phantom Dancer Radio Show
Every Tuesday & Saturday

Listen to past shows here

New Video 

Sweet Sue from the album
Tin Pan Alley Vol. 2
Buy the album here

Enjoy this uptempo version of Sweet Sue by Greg Poppleton from the album ‘Tin Pan Alley Vol. 2’. Live footage of Greg’s 1920s – 30s band with swing dancers at Glen Street Theatre, Sydney Central Station, Concrete Blonde Kings Cross and Django Bar


Sat 6 Feb
Great Art Deco Ball
Historic Carrington Hotel Katoomba

On Saturday 6 February from 7pm the Grand DIning Room will once more swing to the sounds of everyone’s favourite Greg Poppleton and his band. Your tickets also include a 3 course dinner and beverage package

Due to COVID capacity restrictions tickets are limited so register your interest early!

Ticket and accommodation packages will be available very soon.


Sun 14 Feb
Deco Park Picnic – Valentine’s Day
Cathy Freeman Park

Think Jazz on a Summer’s Day meets a Great Gatsby garden party. Inspired by summer picnics of the 1920’s, dining al fresco with friends and family is one of summer’s greatest pleasures.
Sydney Olympic Park’s Deco Park Picnic is chance to gather your friends, dress in your Sunday best and enjoy a long lunch on the lawn.
Let’s reimagine cultural experiences and take our creativity outdoors and connect to culture in the wide open, Covid Safe green spaces in Sydney Olympic Park.
Our community style picnic event will feature installations, themed hosts, visual performers, kids games, immersive theatre and roving live music. Guests will delight in curious vintage characters, live jazz and a shared glamorous nostalgia.
Date: Sunday 14th February, 2021
Location: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
Time: 11am – 3pm
Entry: Free – All Ages
Greg Poppleton Trio plays 11:30am – 1:30pm
Save the date and follow us for more updates, full entertainment program and event details which will be released soon!

Want to Book the Band?

These are the 3 Jan NSW Covid Rules
that apply to the band
Read regulations in full here

Single singer with band 

Nothing about one vocalist singing in front of a band such as myself.

However, I will assume from the  official group singing advice that there must be 1.5m between performers and 5m between performers and the audience.

  • The audience should not participate in singing or chanting indoors.
  • There should be no dancefloors, except for weddings where the wedding party to a maximum of 20 are permitted.


Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of airflow, and
1.5 metres in all other directions.

Since brass instruments like trumpets, trombones and sousaphones aren’t mentioned, I will assume the above paragraph also applies to brass.

Players of all other musical instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments like saxophones and clarinets) should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between each other and the audience. This would include other Greg Poppleton band instruments like banjo, guitar, washboard and drums.

Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.


Back to 100 guests

From 3 January 2021, a maximum of 100 people may attend a wedding (or a gathering after the service) subject to the following,

  • one person per 4 square metres in indoor areas
  • one person per 2 square metres rule in outdoor areas.

You must complete and register a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event.

People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Only the wedding party, to a maximum of 20 persons, is permitted on a dancefloor. There cannot be rotation of people on the dancefloor beyond this wedding party.


A function centre is a building or place used for holding events, functions, conferences, and includes convention centres, exhibition centres and reception centres. Function centre operators must complete and register a COVID Safety Plan.

If a trade show or exhibition is held in a function centre and open to the public, the maximum capacity is one person per 2 square metres outdoors or one person per 4 square metres in indoor areas.

No more than 5 performers should sing indoors, with 1.5m between performers and 5m between performers and the audience. The audience should not participate in singing or chanting indoors.

There should be no dancefloors.

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TUES 5 January 2021 SHOW
Featuring 1930s-40s Radio First Nighters

First nighters for the first Phantom Dancer of 2021 – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Hear excepts from the 1939 radio premier of Morton Gould’s ‘American Symphonette #2’, the first all African-American Variety show on NBC in 1948, and Duke Ellington introducing his Shakesphere suite over CBS from the 1957 Ravinia Festival

You can hear The Phantom Dancer online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/


Every week The Phantom Dancer brings you a feature artist. This week, it’s first nighter feature programs. Excerpts from three historic first nighters with some explaination about why they are so important below…

morton gould


Joseph Stevenson writes,

“This 1939 composition is one of the most convincing classical attempts to create a jazz spirit. It succeeds in doing so without the presence of any jazz players or use of improvisation. Nevertheless, jazz devices of coloration are used, such as wire brushes on drums, glissandi and lip slurs, and chord voicings that are common to jazz arrangements of the time. In addition, the themes (and their scales and harmonies) are jazz- and blues-derived. So successful was Gould in devising “jazz” themes for this symphonette that the second movement, “Pavane” has been widely quoted in actual jazz performances by such masters as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Glenn Miller. The outer two movements of this three-movement piece are marked “Moderately fast” and “Very fast–Racy,” respectively. Incidentally, you have heard and are quite familiar with the theme of the Pavane, whether you know it or not. Outstanding listening. Gould is notable for creating excellent music, perfectly crafted, seemingly almost commercial in intent and yet, when really listened to, revealing unusual breadth. I always conclude listening to this piece believing that it is a true masterpiece without even trying to be. Wonderfully ingratiating music.”

savoy ballroom


New York Times headline: “The News of Radio; All-Negro Variety Show, ‘Swingtime at the Savoy,’ Will Bow Tonight on NBC”

“An all-Negro variety show, entitled “Swingtime at the Savoy,” will have its premiere at 8 o’clock tonight on NBC. The regular cast will include Lucky Millinder and his orchestra, Miller and Lee, comedians; Jackie (Moms) Pabley, comedienne, and the King Odem Quartet.” New York Times, 28 July 1948

ravinia festival


The Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. In Ravinia Park’s first summer of 1905, it hosted the New York Philharmonic, and the prairie style Martin Theater dates from this time period. It has been the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 1936. Located in Highland Park, Illinois, the festival operates on the grounds of the 15 ha Ravinia Park, with a variety of outdoor and indoor performing arts facilities – Wiki

“In 1957, Duke Ellington premiered the latest in what would become a series of suites based on various subjects and inspirations. This one, inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare, had its U.S. premier at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and was broadcast (much, but not all of it) via CBS Radio on July 1st, with the performance already underway. An album of the suite was planned and recorded, slated for release in November of 1957, but apparently the stereo version was scrapped and only the mono version was available until 1999. The world premier of the piece was given at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where Ellington and his band were scheduled to play for two nights. It was there that Ellington got the idea to do a suite based on Shakespearean themes, and along with his co-writer Billy Strayhorn, worked on the suite to be premiered the following year at the festival. So the actual world premier of most of Such Sweet Thunder took place at Stratford around June 30 1957, but it wasn’t complete and no recording of it exists.” Gordon Skene.


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream Community Radio Network Show CRN #469

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 January 2020 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm National Program 5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am 3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am 4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am 2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am 2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4pm 2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm 3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm 7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm 1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am 2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm 5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm 7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am 3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am 6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Sunday 5 – 6am 3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing on 1930s Radio
Open + Panamania
Leith Stevens Orchestra
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’ WABC CBS NY 12 Jun 1937
Naila (Delibes)
Arnold Johnson Orchestra
Comm Rec (unissued) Variety Records New York City 26 May 1937
RCA Radio Ad + Wolverine Blues + Study In Brown (theme)
Larry Clinton Orchestra
‘RCA Campus Club’ Glen Island Casino New Rochelle WEAF NBC Red NY 2 Jul 1938
Set 2
Latin Sounds on 1946-53 Radio
Open + Chiu Chiu
Desi Arnez Orchestra
Ciro’s KNX CBS LA 1946
Sergio Torres Orchestra (voc) unannounced woman singer
‘Chiclets Program’ XEW Mexico City 1949
Chi sas? Chi sas?
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’ Hotel Last Frontier NBC Las Vegas 30 Nov 1953
Set 3
1943-44 Swing Radio
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’ Aniston, Alabama Blue Network 13 Nov 1943
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Leo Reisman Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’ National Press Club Washington DC Blue Network 23 Jan 1943
I Got Rhythm + Close
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’ Los Angeles AFRS Re-broadcast 1949
Set 4
Special Music Programs
First Movement
Morton Gould Orchestra
‘American Symphonette No. 3’ WOR MBS/CBC New York City 1939
Open + I’ve Got Rhythm + Money Money (calypso)
Lucky Millinder Orchestra with Noble Sissle and the Hall Sisters
‘Swingtime At The Savoy’ WNBC NBC NY 28 Jul 1948
Circle of Fourths + Jam With Sam
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Ravinia Festival’ WBBM CBS Chicago 1 Jul 1957
Set 5
1939 Radio Singers
We Three
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Johnny Messner
Radio Transcription New York City 1939
Stairway To The Stars
Teddy Wilson Orchestra (voc) Thelma Carpenter
‘America Dances’ CBS NY / BBC London 1939
From The Bottom Of My Heart
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘America Dances’ CBS NY / BBC London 19 Jul 1939
Chew, Chew Your Bubblegum
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Southland Cafe WNAC NBC Boton 4 May 1939
Set 6
Traditional Jazz on 1939 – 1951 Radio
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (theme) + Maple Leaf Rag
Wild Bill Davison
‘This Is Jazz’ WOR Mutual NY 19 Apr 1947
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Bob Crosby Bobcats
‘Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 18 Jul 1939
Snag It
Henry ‘Red’ Allen Dixielanders
‘Doctor Jazz’ Stuyvesant Casino WMGM NY 1950
There’ll Be Some Changes Made + I Would Do Anything For You
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Red McKenzie
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ Town Hall WJZ Blue NY 16 Sep 1944
Set 7
Benny Goodman On The Air
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’ AFRS Re-broadcast Jan 1948
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens Culver City Ca KECA ABC LA 26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’ Springfield Mass. Blue Network 29 Sep 1943
Jack Benny-Gary Cooper Skit + One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Show’ WEAF NBC NY 13 Dec 1942
Set 8
Modern Sounds on 1940s-50s Radio
All of Me + VIP’s Boogie
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Town Casino NBC Cleveland 1952
Hot House
Barry Ulanov’s All Star Modern Jazz Musicians
‘Bands For Bonds’ WOR MBS NY 13 Sep 1947
Painted Rhythm
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 27 Nov 1945
Fine and Dandy
Slim Gaillard Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’ WJZ ABC NY 2 Jun 1951


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