Greg Poppleton is totally untouched by current music.
"Captures the 1920s - 1930s vocal style to perfection,"
— Kevin Jones 102.5 Fine Music
— John Gilbert, eJazzNews.com (U.S)
Since 2002, Greg has revived the songs of the Roaring 20s and 1930s Swing Era with his three octave vocals, swinging 1920s-30s jazz band and high-energy shows.
Performed at the Sydney, Waiheke (NZ), SKYCITY Darwin, Thredbo, Dubbo, Glen Street and Illawarra Jazz Festivals.
CDs of the Week on 2CH, Artsound, Fine Music and 5MBS. Interviewed by Bob Rogers, ABC Radio, 2SER, Glory Days and Sydney Morning Herald.
See him on screen with film stars Adrien Brody, John Goodman and Nicole Kidman.
5 albums released.
2 played on commercial radio.
5 radio awards for his national Phantom Dancer swing and jazz radio show.
1.26 Million TOTAL YouTube plays.
Actor website: www,gregpoppleton.com
Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters play the songs of the 1920s for Sunday Jazz Lunch at Concrete Blonde, 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, 1 July, 1 – 4pm. Music rarely heard and never forgotten. Books advised: +61 2 9380 8307
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– History of Australian Telly
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Sydney’s newest, most exciting, authentic 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, played at the prestigious 2012 Winter Ball
Held in the newly revamped and reopened Fairmont Resort, Leura, the Orchestra played original 1920s arrangements for dancing. We can play for your 1920s event, too. Contact Tony
In the band were Greg Poppleton, Sydney’s only authentic 1920s singer, Geoff Power, first trumpet and musical director, Al Davey, trumpet, Ian Baker, trombone, Paul Furniss, Alan Solomon and Glenn Henrich, soprano, alto, tenor saxes and clarinet, Grahame Conlon, banjo, Peter Locke, piano, Rod Herbert, sousaphone, Adam Barnard, drums. Here are some photos…
To book The Lounge Bar Lotharios for your 1920s Great Gatsby event, Contact Tony
Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and his Jazz Deco trio had the honour of playing for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance.
Greg sang the songs popular in the early 1940s in his naturally true-to-the-era dance band singer style.
Some say his voice reminds them of Al Bowlly. Others say Ray Eberle.
And his small band is definitely 1940s Sydney when the majority of bands playing for dancers through the suburbs were trios to sextets. (Check out Greg Poppleton’s ABC Radio National documentary about Sydney’s 1942-45 Booker T Washington Club for U.S African-American service personnel. The band that played there was mainly a quartet.)
This fantastic evening celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War.
Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms.
They danced to Greg Poppleton playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square,White Cliffs Of Dover, I’ve Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s.
At the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn’s post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart.
Guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!
Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny ‘1940s paperboy’ MC with prizes for the best-dressed
All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style, with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos.
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only 1920s – 1930s style singer with duo to 6-piece band. He can also offer a 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra and 1930s-40s Swing Orchestra playing Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.
Saturday 28 April saw the successful launch of Sydney’s newest Great Gatsby 1920s Dance Orchestra – The Lounge Bar Lotharios…
The Lounge Bar Lotharios feature Sydney’s Top 10 Vintage Jazz Musicians playing authentic 1920s dance band arrangements fronted by Sydney’s only authentic 1920s jazz singer, Greg Poppleton, under the musical direction of Geoff Power
Geoff Power is a world-renowned classic jazz trumpeter who has toured the US nine times, played jazz festivals and clubs in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the US, recorded a CD in New Jersey with leading NYC musicians including Vince Giordano, and played with many leading US musicians
Penrith RSL witnessed its biggest crowd ever for any jazz show. The room was full. The slow 1920s numbers filled the dance floor and the hot dance tunes had everyone’s toes a-tappin’
I hope you enjoy the photos of the 1920s Orchestra launch I’ve posted for you below. You can see more photos on The Lounge Bar Lotharios’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheLoungeBarLotharios. Please drop by. And while you’re there, Like us, too! Thank you
At the end of March, Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters, played the hits of the 1920s for the Fairfield Museum Open Day to over 800 visitors. Here are a couple of action pics for you
With myself singing and Grahame Conlon (banjo), Geoff Power (sousaphone), Lawrie Thompson (1920s drums) Swing Patrol taught the gathered some jazz age dance steps including The Charleston
This Saturday, Greg Poppleton & Geoff Power, launch Sydney’s new 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios
Come to Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St, Penrith, 2 – 5pm, Sat 28 April 2012, to hear authentic 1920s arrangements played by the Top Ten vintage jazz musicians in Sydney (including Grahame Conlon on banjo and Lawrie Thompson, drums) for your listening, dancing and Charlestoning pleasure
These are from the 1920s and 1930s ‘Music At The Glen Show’ which Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters played on 20 March 2012. Lots of swinging tunes and laughs in between with virtuosic instrumental interludes by the band to keep the 90% full house entertained
It was an honour to be asked out of the blue to sing in a ‘Music At The Glen’ Concert. Other shows in the 2012 Glen Street Concert Series include Sydney Savoy legend, Christopher Hamilton, and renowned Sinatra singer, Tom Burlinson – so the standard of music at the Glen is very high with household names and internationally renowned acts. It was a thrill to be counted among them
Glen Street wrote about the Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters’ concert, “The concert was extremely well appreciated and we were delighted to have you at Glen Street”
I’ll be back for two shows at Glen Street in June to be radio announcer for an 18-piece swing band. And there is talk I may return with a smaller Bakelite Broadcasters dance band for you at Glen Street in August
The Bakelite Broadcasters are the best in Sydney classic jazz. For the Glen Street show the band included…
– Greg Poppleton is Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s dance band singer. He is also an actor and voiceover artist and has appeared in the Hollywood movies Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Moulin Rouge.
– Al Davey, trumpet and trombone, is in huge demand across Australia as both a brass player and band leader
– Paul Furniss, alto and tenor saxes and clarinet, is described as one of Australia’s top jazz musicians on Wikipedia
– Monique Lysiak is one of Sydney’s foremost and most respected jazz pianists
– Darcy Wright was ranked by Rolling Stone in the World’s Top Ten Jazz Bassists
– Lawrie Thompson tours the world as a classic jazz drummer
You can have the trio to 6-piece Bakelite Broadcasters wow your guests at your wedding, corporate event and Great Gatsby party, too
Or, for big events, hire the new 10-piece authentic 1920s dance orchestra, the Lounge Bar Lotharios
Greg Poppleton now also leads the 11-piece authentic 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, with musical director Geoff Power & Sydney’s Top Ten Sydney vintage jazz musicians
We were invited to share a double bill with celebrated 1940s noir singer, Jimmy Vargas and his muse, Liliana Scarlatta, with their Black Dahlias Band. The Vargas show is a must-see where ever you can catch it. Jimmy and Liliana have a rare connection on stage. They are two distinct performers who spontaneously improvise through song, gesture and dance as if they share the one mind. It’s quite astonishing. Go see for yourself. Check out the Jimmy Vargas website
Greg Poppleton is Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s dance band singer. With him in the Broadcasters at the Blue Beat were Al Davey, trumpet and trombone; ARIA award-winning pianist, Tony Esterman; world top ten jazz double bassist, Darcy Wright; and internationally touring swing jazz drummer, Lawrie Thompson
Here are some pics of the night. The colour ones are stills from film I took. The black and white snaps are by photographer, Michael Kery. Enjoy!
Book Greg Poppleton & his duo, trio to 6-piece Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s – 1930s theme wedding, corporate function and Great Gatsby Party. Visit the Band’s Official Website www.bakelitejazz.com to make your booking, or just to hear our music. Happy Listening!