Sydney Festival 2020 – ‘The Rivoli’ – Greg Poppleton and Dance Makers Collective


Sydney Festival 2020, Dance Makers Collective present the world premiere of ‘The Rivoli‘ in the beautiful, late Victorian Granville Town Hall with Greg Poppleton’s 1920s -30s Sydney Festival trio, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo with Cazzbo Johns on sousaphone.

Come to the show: 8pm, Tues 22 Jan – Sat 25 January 2020. Granville Town Hall. TICKETS

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s swing jazz trio: vocals, banjo, sousaphone
Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s swing jazz trio: Greg Poppleton vocals, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone

‘The Rivoli’ is a celebration of social life before social media, when to meet was to talk, laugh and move to music together.

From the early 1930s to the late 1960s, the Rivoli Dance Palace on Church St, Parramatta was Western Sydney’s favourite dance hall. It was demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development. Now nothing remains of ‘The Riv’ except the stories of the people who danced there.

Dancers rehearsing a routine with band instruments in background
Dancers rehearsing a routine with band instruments in background

Dance Makers Collective brings those stories to life in a tribute to the rituals of social dance and the human drive toward belonging and togetherness.

Staged in the heritage-listed Granville Town Hall, The Rivoli invites you and your favourite dance partner to be swept into an immersive exploration of mid-century nightlife, desire and social connection.

The show includes performances by the Greg Poppleton Trio: Greg Poppleton (vocals) Cazzbo Johns (sousaphone) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo)

Dance Makers at rehearsal
Dance Makers at rehearsal for ‘The Rivoli’ in Granville Town Hall with the band instruments in the background

SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Sydney Festival is a major arts festival in Australia’s largest city, Sydney that runs for three weeks every January, since it was established in 1977. The festival program features in excess of 100 events from local and international artists and includes contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama, visual arts and artist talks. The festival attracts approximately 500,000 people to its large-scale free outdoor events and 150,000 to its ticketed events, and contributes more than A$55 million to the economy of New South Wales.

The Festival has a history of presenting Australian premieres and many of Australia’s most memorable productions such as Cloudstreet have resulted from Sydney Festival’s commitment to nurture local artists. It has brought many of the world’s great artists to Sydney for the first time including: Ariane Mnouchkine and Thèâtre du Soleil (Flood Drummers), Robert Wilson (The Black Rider), Robert Lepage (Far Side of the Moon, The Andersen Project, Lipsynch), George Piper Dances, Netherlands Dance Theatre, James Thiérrée (Junebug Symphony, Au Revoir Parapluie), Philip Glass, Ian McKellen (Dance of Death), Batsheva Dance Company, National Theatre of Scotland (Black Watch, Aalst), Christopher Wheeldon Company, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Al Green, Katona Jozsef Theatre, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The National, Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom.

Come to the show: 8pm, Tues 22 Jan – Sat 25 January 2020. Granville Town Hall. TICKETS

Band Photos 11 Jan. Unanderra Hotel Show – Illawarra Jazz Club


The band and I were hugely thrilled to be invited back to play the songs of the 1920s and 1930s for the Illawarra Jazz Club.

The Illawarra Jazz Club has jazz bands playing every Saturday 3-6pm at the Unanderra Hotel and always to a friendly and enthusiastic audience.

Even fluro-vested drinkers in the main bar got into the music, drifting into the bistro where the band was playing to have a little bop around, especially when the band played The Charleston.

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer at the Unanderra Hotel, with some of the audience.
Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer at the Unanderra Hotel, with some of the wonderful audience.

In the Greg Poppleton band for the Saturday 11 January show were, from left-to-right in the photo below,
Damon Poppleton – alto sax
Adam Barnard – washboard
Richelle Booth – baritone sax & clarinet
Paul Baker – banjo

Greg Poppleton plays
Penrith RSL, Sat 18 Jan, 2-5pm, free.
In the band: Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals, Grahame Conlon g,bj, Dave Clayton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

Sydney Festival ‘The Rivoli’, Wed 22 Jan Sat 25 Jan 8pm. TICKETS
In the band: Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals, Grahame Conlon g,bj, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone.

Great Art Deco Ball, Blue Mountains 1920s Festival, Sat 1 Feb 7:30pm TICKETS

Greg Poppleton band at Unanderra Hotel: Damon Poppleton alto sax, Adam Barnard washboard, Richelle Booth bari sax and clarinet, Paul Baker banjo.
Greg Poppleton band at Unanderra Hotel: Damon Poppleton alto sax, Adam Barnard washboard, Richelle Booth bari sax and clarinet, Paul Baker banjo.

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Dorsey Brothers – 17 December 2019 Phantom Dancer


LAST SHOW OF THE DECADE

Kinda. This week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is the last mix before the annual Christmas and New Year Phantom Dancer specials. Your feature artist – the fabulous Dorsey’s, Tommy and Jimmy.

Dorsey Brothers band poster

LISTEN

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 17 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

DORSEY

The Dorsey Brothers were an American studio jazz band, led by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. They started recording in 1928 for OKeh Records.

BROTHERS

They signed to Decca in 1934, formed a more traditional band and performed live until a falling out in May 1935. Glenn Miller, trombonist with the band in 1934-35, composed four songs for the Dorsey Brothers – “Annie’s Cousin Fannie”, “Dese Dem Dose”, “Harlem Chapel Chimes”, and “Tomorrow’s Another Day”.

dorsey brothers band racoon coats

In 1935, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra had two No. 1 recordings on Decca, including “Lullaby of Broadway” with Bob Crosby on vocals, topping the charts for two weeks and No. 1 for three weeks.

Tommy Dorsey left the orchestra in 1935, ending the group as most band members either followed him or left.

MARK 2

The Dorseys reunited on March 15 1945 to record a V-Disc at Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Released in June 1945, the disc contained “More Than You Know” and “Brotherly Jump”. The songs were performed by the combined orchestras of Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. They reunited again in 1947 for the film The Fabulous Dorseys. In the 1950s, they had a network TV series, Stage Show.

VIDEO

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, the Dorsey Brothers and silent movie with their recording of ‘Is It a Dream?’ from 1928…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #418

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 December 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
1 ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
1944 Swing Bands
Open + Jeep Jockey Jump
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra
‘Uncle Sam Presents’
NBC
12 Feb 1945
Speak Low
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcastY
8 Oct 1944
How Do I Say I Love You?
Richard Himber Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Aniston, Alabama
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Live Rock’n’Roll on 1950s Radio
Open + The Dripper
Louis Jordan and the Tympani 5
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
9 Jul 1956
Cry Baby
Bonnie Sisters (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’
Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Ad + One O’Clock Jump+ Close
King Porter Band
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX Los Angeles
1956
Set 3
Swing on 1938 Radio
I Want To Be Happy
Frank Coughlan’s Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
Dec 1938
Open + Heart and Soul
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
International Casino
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Nov 1938
Indistinct Title shouted out by the Audience
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WBBM CBS Chicago
6 Sep 1938
Set 4
1950s All-Star Parade of Bands on NBC Radio
Cheek To Cheek
Billy Taylor Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Composers Club
WRCA NBC NY
7 May 1956
Love Is Just Around The Corner
George Shearing
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
11 Jul 1953
That Old Devil Me
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1945 Radio
Is There A Story
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Open + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devons Mass.
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945
I Wish I Knew
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
16 Aug 1945
Stompin’ At The Savoy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
15 Aug 1945
Set 6
Swing Radio from 1938
Blues in D Flat
Seven Pearce Arrows
Demo Rec
Sydney
Sep 1938
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
The Gal From Joe’s
Duke Elligton Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NY
1 May 1938
The Dipsy Doodle
Glenn Miller Orchestra (pre-famous sound)
Paradise Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Jun 1938
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey on Radio 1934 – 1955
Open + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Ben Mardin’s Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Open + Losers Weepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘America Dances’
WABC CBS NY and BBC London
28 May 1940
Buster’s Gang Comes On
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
29 Jan 1945
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
Dec 1955
Set 8
Bebop Reeds from 1948-49 Radio
Sax of a Kind
Lee Konitz (as)
‘Bandstand USA’
Carnegie Hall
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
Indiana
Benny Goodman (cl) Sextet
‘One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1948
Just You Just Me
Lester Young Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948

The Syncopated Times – New Album Review by Dave J Doyle


Thank you Dave Doyle for your write-up about the band and the new album ’20s 30s Tin Pan Alley’ in ‘The Syncopated Times‘.

greg poppleton syncopated times

20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1 – “It’s a mix of the very familiar and the lesser-known. “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes” is a particular pleasure, featuring the occasional comedy bird whistle and clearly sung with a big smile. In fact, Greg must have been sore from grinning throughout his studio sessions, if his unwaveringly upbeat tone is anything to go by.” Dave J Doyle, The Syncopated Times, Nov 2019.

Grab your copy of the album now from Apple https://music.apple.com/us/album/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-1/1477720009

My Blue Heaven – Live Clip


Greg Poppleton and band specialise in Tin Pan Alley jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s.
Website https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.
Apple iTunes https://music.apple.com/us/album/20s-…

In this clip, filmed in Penrith for a Saturday Jazz Concert, Greg sings the 1927 Walter Donaldson song, My Blue Heaven.

With Greg Poppleton in the band are:
Damon Poppleton – alto sax
Geoff Power – sousaphone
Grahame Conlon – guitar

“FIVE STARS. Poppleton’s vocals capture the essence of the 1920s- 1930s with uncanny accuracy”- John Gilbert, eJazzNews (U.S)

1936-41 Jack Teagarden Radio – Phantom Dancer 29 October 2019


JACK

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is, following last week’s Kid Ory feature, also a tromobonist. He is credited with being the most important pre-bop trombonist in jazz, who took trombone away from Kid Ory’s tailgate style. It’s Jack Teagarden.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 29 October 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

Jack Teagarden 1939

TEAGARDEN

Jack Teagarden was the preeminent American jazz trombone player before the bebop era of the 1940s as well as being an engaging singer.

His early career was as a sideman in the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Paul Whiteman and lifelong friend Louis Armstrong before branching out as a bandleader in 1939. We hear his new orchestra debuting on radio in 1939 on this week’s Phantom Dancer. After WWII he specialised in New Orleans jazz until his death.

START

Jack’s is brother Charlie and sister Norma also became professional musicians. His father was an amateur brass band trumpeter and started him on baritone horn. At age seven he had switched to trombone. His first public performances were in movie theaters, accompanying his piano playing mother.

STYLE

His trombone style was largely self-taught. He developed many unusual alternative positions and novel special effects on the instrument. He is usually considered the most innovative jazz trombone stylist of the pre-bebop era. He did much to expand the role of the instrument beyond the Kid Ory tailgate style of the early New Orleans brass bands.

CAREER

This week’s Phantom Dancer features broadcast excerpts of Jack Teagarden between 1936-41. He had begun playing professionally as a teenager, playing with many different bands in a process that took him from his native Texas to New York City.

Jack Teagarden - paul whiteman orchestra

Teagarden sought financial security during the Great Depression and signed a contract to play for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra from 1933 through 1938. Jack did play and broadcast on radio in small jazz groups in the mid 30s with his brother Charlie and Frankie Trambauer as ‘The Three T’s.’ I have played some of these radio broadcasts from the Hickory House over CBS but the sound quality is very poor.

Paul Whiteman Campus Capers 1942

BIG BAND

Teagarden started leading his own big band in 1939. We’ll hear it’s debut on ‘The Fitch Summer Bandwagon’. The band was not a commercial success, and he was brought to the brink of bankruptcy.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is film of Jack Teagarden from a 1950s Telescription playing with ‘Basin Street Blues’.

29 OCTOBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #411

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 October 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
1944-54 Radio Dance Bands
Open + Two Spot Hop
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Minding My Business
Buddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Reid
‘Spotlight Band’
Mutual Network
24 Dec 1945
Ole Negra + Close
Paul Neighbours Orchestra
Biltmore Bowl
Biltmore Hotel
NBC via KGHL Billings, MO
1954
Set 2
Women Singers on  Radio
Can’t Help Loving That Man
Helen Forrest (voc) Billy Liebert Group
‘Ford Show with Tennessee Ernie Ford’
Audition Disc
1960
Cry Me a River
Julie London (voc) Bobby Troup Group
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Once In a While + Close
Dinah Shore
‘MUM Show’
KECA Blue LA
1944
Set 3
Modern Sounds 1947-60
Open + Trajectory
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Innovations 1950’
Radio Transcription
1950
Jack, Jack, Jack
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Fran Warren
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WJZ ABC NY
23 Jun 1947
Cool By The Pool
Gilbert Lacombe Septet
CBC Monteal
1960
Set 4
Jack Teagarden
Announcer’s Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (tb solo) Jack Teagarden
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
19 Jan 1936
Somebody Nobody Knows + Octoroon
Jack Teagarden
Orchestra
‘Fitch Summer Bandwagon’
WABC CBS NY
Nov 1939
Mr Jessie
Jack Teagarden
Orchestra (voc) Jack Teagarden + Band
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
27 Dec 1941
Set 5
Phil Harris Orch 1933
Open + Love Me Tonight
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Mill
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Strange Interlude
Phil Harris Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
From AM to PM + Close
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) The Three Rhythm Kings
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1933
Set 6
1949-55 Swing Bands
Leap Frog
Les Brown Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Sep 1949
Woodchoppers’ Ball
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
Peony Park
Omaha NE
WOW NBC Omaha
1954
Moonlight in Vermont
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
ABC
19 Jun 1955
Lullaby of Birdland + Close
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars of Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Set 7
1943-45 Dance Band Radio Transcriptions.
Read the Horace Heidt story from a 2017 Phantom Dancer
Doodle-Doo-Doo (open ) + Candy
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air (voc) Glria Hart
Radio Transcription
1945
History of Music
Horace Heidt Orchestra (narr) Horace Heidt
Radio Transcription
1943
Bell Bottom Trousers
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air (voc) Trio
Radio Transcription
1945
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now?
Horace Heidt Orchestra (voc) Horace Heidt
Radio Transcription
1943
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
15 Jan 1949
What Is Bop?
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Oo-Bop-Sha-Bam
Charlie Parker (voc) Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
22 Jan 1949