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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First Radio Wedding 1924 – Phantom Dancer 12 December 2019


WEDDING OF THE YEAR

This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is ‘the Red-Headed Music Maker’, Wendall Hall. Wendall was an early radio star and was the first to be married live on radio on 4 June 1924 to Marion Martin over WEAF New York.

Wendall Hall NBC

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 10 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney.

WENDALL

This week’s Phantom Dancer goes back to the earliest radio of the 1920s – 39s for its feature artist. Wendall Hall was an American country singer, vaudeville artist, songwriter, pioneer radio performer, Victor recording artist and ukulele player.

Wendall Hall pretzel party

RAIN

In 1923, Hall released the song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’,” which sold over two million copies in the United States. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The song is also considered the first musical hit on radio. He wrote “Underneath the Mellow Moon” and “Carolina Rose”. Hall also wrote songs with Carson Robison and Art Gillham.

1920s RADIO STAR

Hall began his career in 1922 Chicago as a song plugger for Forster Music. He traveled around the US and stopped in towns to play in music stores, theaters, and radio. In vaudeville he began singing and playing the xylophone. He found the ukulele to be more portable and quickly became an expert with that instrument. In January, 1924 he signed with the National Carbon Company to host the Eveready Hour a pioneer commercially sponsored variety program on WEAF in New York. On November 4, 1924 the program was on a pre-network 18 station “hook-up” to broadcast election returns with entertainers Will Rogers, Carson Robison, Art Gillham, and the Waldorf Astoria Orchestra. Eveready even painted their batteries with a red top to cash in on Hall’s popularity. In 1929 Wendell Hall hosted the Majestic Music Hour and a few years later Gillette’s Community Sing. He made a few musical short films.

On a 1925 European tour he was broadcast over a 21 station hook-up, the largest ever attempted up to that time.

After his radio days were over, Wendell Hall wrote commercials for radio.

wendall hall sheet music

TAROPATCH

Hall performed on a variety of stringed instruments, including the standard ukulele, the taropatch ukulele, banjo, and the hybrid banjolele, as well as the tiple. Like so many of the other performers during the era, Hall was a big fan of the instruments created by the C.F. Martin & Company, particularly their Taropatch. Like other performers, he was unsuccessful in obtaining an endorsement deal with Martin, but in response to his letter offering to endorse their product, Martin offered their 20% discount for professional performers and to inlay his name in the head of the instrument.

UKULELE

He published an instruction book, Wendell Hall’s Ukulele Method, with Forster Music in 1925, that was edited by May Singhi Breen. He also marketed a series of custom ukuleles through the Regal Musical Instrument Company of Chicago, with his picture on the head of The Red Head Ukulele and banjolele with red tuning pegs that became collectors’ items for several generations afterward

With the resurgence of the uke’s popularity in the 1950s, Hall was able to land a radio show on WBKB five days a week, the home of the Griff Williams Show which is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #417

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 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
Modernistic 1950s Dance Bands
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + A Melody To The Trees
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Lakeside Ballroom
Dayton OH
WLW NBC Cincinnati
16 Sep 1952
Savings Bonds Ad + The Stars and Stripes Forever
Ralph Flanagan Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WCBS CBS NY
1950
Wending My May Back Home + Close
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra
‘Jazz Is My Beat’
New York City
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1958
Set 2
Early Live 1930s Ragio
Open + Music In My Fingers
George Shackley Ensemble (voc) Veronica Wiggins
‘Nihi Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1931
Margie + Do You Ever Think Of Me? + Sweet Sue
Jimmie Grier Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
KFI NBC Gold Network LA
1932
Melancholy Moon + Pineapple Ad + It Gonna Rain No More + Aloha Oe
Wendall Hall
‘The Pineapple Picadour’
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
2 Apr 1931
Set 3
Super Jive From 1937 – 38 Radio
Dark Forest (theme) + Limehouse Blues
Earl Hines Orchestra
Grand Terrace Room
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Aug 1938
A Study in Blue
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Hotel Park Central
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jul 1939
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South + Camel Hop
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Set 4
1940s Dance Bands
Voglio Fischiettiare (I Like To Whistle)
Nuccia Natali and Vocal Trio with Orchestra
Comm Rec
Cetra
Turin
1940
The Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Medley
Art Kassels and his Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
1947
Set 5
Jazz and Pop on 1940 Radio
It Never Entered My Head
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Open + Down For The Count
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Nov 1940
St Louis Blues
Roy Eldridge
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
21 Apr 1940
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 6
New Orleans Jazz on Radio
Open + Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘New Orleans Movie Opening’
Wintergarden Theatre
WNBC NBC NY
19 Jun 1947
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
That’s A’Plenty + Relaxin’ At The Touro (theme)
Muggsy Spanier Dixieland All-Stars
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
Set 7
Big Bands on 1947 Radio
Who’s Got The Ball?
Harry James Orchestra
The Click
WFIL Philadelphia
22 Dec 1947
Kate
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) The Town Criers
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
6 Dec 1947
Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
Cab Calloway’s Caballiers (voc) CC
‘Guest Star’
New York City
1947
Passion Flower
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Ciro’s Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1947
Set 8
Charlie Parker on WMCA NY 1949
Chasin’ The Bird
Charlie Parker Sextet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Confirmation
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
19 Feb 1949
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
22 Jan 1949

Perry Como Sings 24,000 Ft Above New York – Phantom Dancer 26 Nov 2019


STRATOSPHERE

How many press releases from indie bands have I read that gush about how their pentatonic blatherings blah-de-blah in ‘musical stratospheres’? Too many. This week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton, is a US crooner recorded singing inthe stratosphere in 1946, Perry Como.

Peery como

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online after the 26 November 107.3 2SER Sydney live mix at 2ser.com.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop 2 hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio every week online and on 2SER radio.

And this week’s Phantom Dancer includes performances by Frank Sinatra, Chico Hamilton, Count Basie, Jelly Roll Morton, Jan Savitt, Howard McGee and Bobby Troup who wrote, ‘My City of Sydney’.

There’s a set of Shuffle Rhythm bands from 1930s-40s radio, modern jazz from 1950-60 radio and a broadcast of song with full orchestra from a plane flying 24,000 feet above New York City in 1946. That’s this week’s feature.

Billboard from 30 March 1946 tells it all,

Perry Como

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is Perry Como live on his NBC TV Supper Club, 20 Nov 1949. He looks relieved at the end that the show went well. Enjoy!

26 NOVEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #415

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 November 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
Your Hit Parade
Open + Stop Beating Around The Mulberry Bush
Al Goodman Orchestra (voc) The Hit Paraders
‘Your Hit Parade’
WABC CBS NY
22 Oct 1938
So In Love
Frank Sinatra (voc) Axel Stordahl Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
KFI NBC Hollywood
20 Apr 1949
Moonlight Becomes You + Love Me Or Leave Me
Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) Barry Wood
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1943
Set 2
Jazz Moderne from live 1952 – 1960 Radio
Open + Route 66
Bobby Troup (voc) Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Without A Song
Wild Bill Davis Trio
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Sleep + Close
Chico Hamilton Quintet
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jan 1960
Set 3
The Supper Club broadcasting from a Plane over New York
All Through The Day
Art van Damme Quintet
‘The Supper Club’
TWA Constellation 24,000 Ft’ over New York City
NBC/AFRS
5 Apr 1946
Blue Skies + Got Me A Seat Upon The California Sunbeam + Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief + Temptation
Perry Como and the Satisfiers (voc) Ray Bloch Orchestra
‘The Supper Club’
TWA Constellation 24,000 Ft’ over New York City
NBC/AFRS
5 Apr 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown + I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Art van Damme Quintet
‘The Supper Club’
TWA Constellation 24,000 Ft’ over New York City
NBC/AFRS
5 Apr 1946
Set 4
1930s Swing on the Radio
Bumpy Weather Over Newark
Raymond Scott Quintette
Comm Rec
New York
Apr 1939
There’s a Lull in My Life
Benny Goodman Trio
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
from Pittsburgh
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
Stay in My Arms, Cinderella
Bob Chester Orchestra (voc) Stu Bradon
Mayfair Restaurant
Hotel van Cleve
Dayton OH
21 May 1956
Set 5
Swinging 1944 Radio
Blue Lou
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
21 Apr 1944
Hawaiian War Chant
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
Oct 1944
Oh So Good
Glenn Miller Orchestra
ABSIE (American Broadcasting Station in Europe)
London
12 Oct 1944
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Sep 1944
Set 6
Shuffle Rhythm Live on 1935-45 Radio
Futuristic Shuffle
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Radio Transcripotion
New York
22 Jul 1938
Instrumental
Henry Busse Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
CBS San Francisco
28 Dec 1944
Quaker City Jazz
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Arcadia Restaurant
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
2 Dec 1938
Sidewalks of Cuba + When Day Is Done (theme)
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1935
Set 7
The Dixie Revival on the Air
Winnin’ Boy
Jelly Roll Morton
‘Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
14 Jul 1940
Big Butter and Egg Man
Miff Mole and his Nixieland Six
Aircheck
30 Oct 1944
Yesterdays
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall NY
WJZ Blue Network
21 Oct 1944
Ride Red Ride + Close
Red Allen Dixielanders
‘Doctor Jazz’
WMGM NY
1950
Set 8
Progressive Jazz Live on the Air, Daddy-o!
Perfume Counter
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (theme) Perdido
Howard McGee
Birdland
WMCA NY
Sep 1951
Little Girl Blue
Stan Getz Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
1956
Smoke Signals + The Gentle Art of Love
Oscar Pettiford Band
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
26 May 1957

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)