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

Press Release – New Album ’20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Volume 1′


PRESS RELEASE
Greg Poppleton Releases Volume 1 in his Three Part Album Series,
‘20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1’

Greg Poppleton 20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Volume 1

Greg Poppleton has released the first volume in a three album series called, ‘20s 30s Tin Pan Alley’  as a limited edition CD and downloads.

Listen to ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’ in German and English as a thank you to the band’s may online fans in Germany…

Available now at
Bandcamp: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-1

CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/gregpoppleton

Apple iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-1/1477720009

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5CckWNaTr68d3Bdo0gH03G

Greg describes himself as an authentic 1920s – 30s singer. “While I wasn’t alive in the 20s and 30s,” Greg says, “I fulfil all the other qualities of authentic for this style of vocal jazz and swing.”

  1. When he was 3, he saw Louis Armstrong on TV and fell in love with the music. He was hooked on 20s jazz and 30s swing from then on and is a rarity in that to get to this music he didn’t migrate from some ‘youth’ music genre. I’m totally uninfluenced by other music.
  2. Vocalists in the 20s and 30s needed strong voices to be heard. Greg’s a classically trained singer. His coach had been taught by Tito Schipa and Lauritz Melchior.
  3. He’s not a jazz instrumentalist holding a tune while putting on a megaphone voice.

The nine songs on the album include a special German and English version of ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’ as a thank you to the many fans Greg has in Germany.

Greg Poppleton 20s 30s Tin Pan Alley CD

  • Website: https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
  • Tour schedule:
    October 12 – One Enchanted Evening – magic & music show Sydney
    November 9 – Saturday Jazz – Penrith
    January 18 – Saturday Jazz – Penrith
    February 1 – Great Art Deco Ball – 1920s Festival Katoomba
    March 15 – Jazz At The Pines – Dural
    August 12 – Bondi Pavilion
    October 20 – Private Event
  • Album release details:
    Greg Poppleton – 1920s – 30s vocals
    Al Davey – trumpet and trombone
    Paul Furniss – alto sax and clarinet
    Grahame Conlon – guitar, banjo and ukulele
    Geoff Power – sousaphone
    Rod Herbert – sousaphone (song 6)
    Adam Barnard – washboard and snare
    Lawrie Thompson – drums and washboard (songs 2, 6, 8)

    Recorded by Peter Gage, Paul Mirtschin and Peter O’Malley, Sydney.
    Phil Punch and Jem Hoppe, Electric Cave.
    Mixed by Phil Punch and Jem Hoppe, Electric Cave, Sydney.
    Mastered by Bob Scott, Bob Scott Audio Design and Recording, Sydney.
    Artwork by Michele Tenaglia, Turin.

  • Discography:
    (2006) The Phantom Dancer
    (2012) Doin’ The Charleston
    (2013) Sweet Sue
    (2016) Back In Your Own Backyard
    (2019) 20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1

BIO
Greg Poppleton has been leading bands singing the songs of the 1920s – 30s since 1994. He began his present band in 2002. Since then, Greg has played jazz festivals and venues in Australia and the Waiheke International Jazz Festival in New Zealand. Two of Greg’s albums have been played on Sydney commercial radio. Greg has also been an award-winning jazz broadcaster since 1985. His Phantom Dancer radio show is heard on over 20 radio stations across Australia and online.

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

“Last year at the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the Thredbo Jazz Festival I saw some great acts. I made Greg Poppleton an offer [to play at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival] on the spot.”
— John Quigley, Director Waiheke International Jazz Festival

“Captures the 1920s – 1930s vocal style to perfection.”
— Kevin Jones 102.5 Fine Music FM

“Absolutely flooring. Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing always hits the spot.”
— Women’s Vintage Radio (U.S)

“Greg Poppleton was considered a little eccentric growing up in the mid-‘70s, rifling through the back shelves of music stores looking for recordings from the Swing Era”
— Sue Javes, Sydney Morning Herald

“Greg nails the 1920s vocal stylings.”
— Bill Lawson, Radio Adelaide

“Awesome. Totally fun.”
— Jesse Miner – ‘Hey, Mr Jesse’ Swing Podcast (US)

“Poppleton and company get inside each tune with their complete commitment to the style.”
— Budd Kopman, All About Jazz (U.S)

“Hi Greg. I “met” you (not in person) during your Friday evening performance at the Waiheke Jazz Festival. I live my life on purpose and in the moment, rarely missing a calling / opportunity. However, during your performance I totally froze when you made eye contact, and I could not bring myself to talk to you afterwards. I regret not telling you that your music has moved and inspired me. Thank you for giving of yourself so generously! With best wishes for your future,”
— W.T.  NZ

’20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1′ available now at
Bandcamp: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-1

CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/gregpoppleton

Apple iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/20s-30s-tin-pan-alley-vol-1/1477720009

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5CckWNaTr68d3Bdo0gH03G

Greg Poppleton

St James Infirmary – Phantom Dancer 20 Aug 2019


Here’s your Phantom Dancer radio show play list and a special album preview for Tuesday 20 August – and if you missed it on the radio you can now hear it ONLINE at 2SER.COM

Your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

Presented by Greg Poppleton on radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney since 1985.

In this week’s mix you’ll hear singer Libby Holman on 1929 radio, Lee Wiley singing on 1930s-40s radio, a set of Erroll Garner, Sauter and Finegan, and Lester Young on 1950s radio and a set of Benny Goodman’s swing band on-air 20 – 27 October 1937 from New York’s Madhattan Room.

The last hour is all vinyl.

And at the end of the show, enjoy a preview of St James Infirmary from my new album 20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1. Release date is 11 Oct 2019.

Live-streamed and archived online at 2ser.com, your Phantom Dancer is heard on over 23 radio stations.

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #265

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 August 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Singers of the Big Band Era
Open + When You’re Out In Your Stanley Steamer
Bob Crosby, Margaret Whiting and The Modernaires (voc) Jerry Gray Orchestra
’Club Fifteen’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
2 Apr 1947
San Fernando Valley
Johnny Mercer (voc) Paul Weston Orchestra
’Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Hollywood
Jun 1944
I Close My Eyes and There You Are + Begin The Beguine (close)
Lena Romay
’Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
Los Angeles
1945
Set 2
Progressive Jazz on 1950s Radio
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Lester Young
’Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NY
22 Dec 1956
Lullaby of Birdland (theme) + Love For Sale
Erroll Garner
’All Star Parade of Bands’
WRCA NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Horseplay
Sauter and Finegan
’All Star Parade of Bands’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Set 3
Benny Goodman from the Madhattan Room October 20-27 1937
Let’s Dance (theme) + When Buddha Smiles
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
27 Oct 1937
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Jam Session + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 4
Early Jazz and Radio
Florida Rhythm
Ross Deluxe Syncopators
Comm Rec
Savannah Ga
27 Aug 1927
Moanin’ Low
Libby Holman
’Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1929
Balling The Jack and Walking The Dog
Red Nichols Orchestra
’Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
25 Aug 1930
Set 5
Lee Wiley Sings on 1930s-40s Radio
Theme + Robins and Roses
Lee Wiley
WABC NY
17 Jun 1936
Sugar
Lee Wiley
’Jam Session with Alistair Cooke’
Hotel St Regis NY
BBC London
5 Nov 1938
Wherever There’s Love
Lee Wiley
’Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
I’ve Got a Crush on You
Lee Wiley
’Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
5 Aug 1944
Set 6
Swing Bands On 1940s Radio
The Beard
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
Southgae Ca
KECA ABC LA
1944
Theme + Quiet Riot
Buddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Toni Arden
’Sotlight Bands’
Quonset, Rhode Island
Mutual
25 Jan 1946
Besume Mucho
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NYC
1944
Set 7
Modern Jazz on 1950s-60s Radio
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Charlie Shavers Quintet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Intro + Walkin’
Miles Davis
’Bandstand USA’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Feb 1959
Set 8
Early Radio Singers
Sharing
Andy Sannella Orchestra (voc) Ralph Kirbery
Hit of the Week Records
New York City
Jun 1932
More Than You Know + Time On My Hands
Russ Colombo
’Hollywood On The Air’
KECA Los Angeles
5 Jun 1933
St Louis Blues
Loyce Whitman
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Zaz-Zuh-Zah
Cab Calloway Orchestra (voc) CC
Comm Rec
New York City
2 Nov 1933
St James Infirmary
Greg Poppleton
New Album
20s 30s Tin Pan Alley Vol. 1
Release date 11 Oct 2019

Photos Greg Poppleton Band Show 27 July 2019


One of the Greg Poppleton band’s regular shows is at Penrith RSL.

Greg Poppleton sings in authentic 1920s – 1930s style.

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries tony@ozmanagement.com
Website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Enjoy these photos from the July show…

Greg Poppleton hitting the big final note on the 1930s classic, 'The Way You Look Tonight'.
Greg Poppleton hitting the big final note on the 1930s classic, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.

 

1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton conducts the band: Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass and Bob Gillespie drums.
1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton conducts the band: Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass and Bob Gillespie drums.

 

Harmonising with Dave Clayton on the 1930s Cab Calloway swinger, 'Jumpin Jive'.
Harmonising with Dave Clayton on the 1930s Cab Calloway swinger, ‘Jumpin Jive’.

 

Greg Poppleton singing 'Tea for Two'.
Greg Poppleton singing ‘Tea for Two’.

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries tony@ozmanagement.com
Website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Back In Your Own Backyard – Free CD Offer


FREE CD OFFER

Free Offer – Enjoy these 4 tracks from the 12 track album ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’, then grab your AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the 12 track ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’ CD at Bandcamp FREE at –https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/back-in-your-own-backyard-free-offer

Cover shipping and handling and I’ll send you the ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’ CD – FREE.

Budd Kopman at All About Jazz (US) said of this album, “It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.

But what’s that $1 Bandcamp asks you to pay?

It’s Bandcamp’s lowest allowed list price. I can’t put the price at $0, so I’ve taken $1 off the shipping rates. That way you get the ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’ CD FREE.

I bought 200 CDs of ‘Back in Your Own Backyard’. I want to send you an autographed copy FREE.
Offer ends 31 July or when all CDs are sold.

1. 00:00 Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home
2. 02:33 Too Marvellous
3. They Didn’t Believe Me
4. 05:44 I’ll See You In My Dreams
5. 08:21 Egyptian Ella
6. Back In Your Own Backyard
7. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
8. Makin’ Whoopee!
9. Nobody’s Sweetheart
10. Honeysuckle Rose
11. The Lady Is A Tramp
12. Yes, We Have No Bananas!

Greg Poppleton – 1920s – 30s singer
Geoff Power – Sousaphone, Trumpet and Trombone
Paul Furniss – Alto Sax and Clarinet
Grahame Conlon – Spanish Guitar with steel strings
Lawrie Thompson – Drums and Washboard

GRAB YOUR FREE AUTOGRAPHED CD NOW https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/back-in-your-own-backyard-free-offer

“Given the knowledge of the era and the authenticity of performance, Poppleton’s latest release, Back In Your Own Backyard is a real delight. It’s sure to surprise lovers of early jazz that such is happening Down Under, as well as win over “newbies” to the music … It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.”— Budd Kopman, All About Jazz (U.S)

Greg Poppleton free album

Night and Day Video – Swing Dancers at Sydney’s Central Train Station


Photos and video from the Greg Poppleton band’s third day of playing Tin Pan Alley 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo, Sydney Central Railway Station…

Enjoy. Band Website – www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band
Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band.

 

Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.
Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.

 

Swinging to Greg Poppleton's Tin Pan Alley music
Swinging to Greg Poppleton’s Tin Pan Alley music

 

Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboar
Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard.

Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com