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

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Budd Kopman at All About Jazz (US) said of this album of Tin Pan Alley tunes from the 1920s – 1930s,
“It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.”

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Golden Age Birthday – 1920s Band Photos


The band and I had the great pleasure of playing for Vera’s Golden Age birthday at the historic Carrington Hotel at the Blue Mountains in Katoomba last Saturday.

I took some photos to show you how much fun the guests and band had at Vera’s 1920s inspired party.

WHAT WE DO

Greg Poppleton, which is both my name and the band’s name, specialises in the music of the 1920s and 1930s.
We feature Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer with world-toured classic jazz musicians.

BAND SIZE

Vera chose the quartet to play for her:
1. Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s-1930s singer,
2. Sousaphone doubling cornet,
3. Banjo doubling guitar,
4. Baritone sax tripling alto sax and clarinet

PARTY PLAN

1. The band played three 45 minute sets over three hours in the Carrington Hotel ballroom.
2. We personalised some 1920s songs for Vera.
3. Vera sent us three requests from the band’s song list to play for her.
The song list can be emailed to you by Tony, tony@ozmanagement.com
4. We played Happy Birthday for Vera and all the guests joined in, raising three cheers.
5. We encouraged guests to dance, which they did.
6. We played a special slow song for Vera at the end of the party.
7. The band used a small PA with 1920s music played during band intermissions.
8. Vera used Greg’s 1920s microphone for her speeches.

For your booking enquiries contact Tony Jex – tony@ozmanagement.com
Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton band plays Vera's Birthday Party

 

 

 

To book Greg Poppleton for your birthday, wedding or corporate function, contact Tony Jex – tony@ozmanagement.com
Please visit the band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

2018 Great Art Deco Ball Photos


Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer and band, played the Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Saturday 3 February.

It’s the sixth year in a row Greg Poppleton has played the Great Art Deco Ball . Each year the Ball gets bigger and brighter.
And it sells out earlier each year, too, without online sales or advertising.
The 2018 Ball sold out in November 2017!
Many of our dancing friends from previous years were at the Great Art Deco Ball this year!

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The Great Art Deco Ball is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains Roaring 20s Festival.

Photos:

The Carrington Hotel forecourt the night of the Great Art Deco Ball
The Carrington Hotel forecourt the night of the Great Art Deco Ball

 

Inside the Carrington Hotel. The Grand Dining Room where the Art Deco Ball is held is through the archway on the left. The Billiard Room and Library are down the hall. The black and white photo hanging on the wall on the right is of an entertainment troupe at the hotel in 1906.
Inside the Carrington Hotel. The Grand Dining Room where the Art Deco Ball is held is through the archway on the left. The Billiard Room and Library are down the hall. The black and white photo hanging on the wall on the right is of an entertainment troupe at the hotel in 1906.

 

Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet in the Grand Dining Room for the Great Art Deco Ball. (L-r) Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Jim Elliot (alto and bass sax).
Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet in the Grand Dining Room for the Great Art Deco Ball. (L-r) Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Jim Elliot (alto and bass sax).

 

Dancing to Greg Poppleton at the 2018 Great Art Deco Ball
Dancing to Greg Poppleton at the 2018 Great Art Deco Ball.

 

Greg Poppleton taking a selfie and being 'photo-bombed' by happy dancers.
Greg Poppleton taking a selfie and being ‘photo-bombed’ by happy dancers.

 

Grahame Conlon doubled Spanish guitar and banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band doubled Spanish guitar and banjo.

 

Jim Elliott doubled bass and alto saxophones
Jim Elliott with Greg Poppleton’s band doubled bass and alto saxophones.

 

Geoff Power with Greg Poppleton's band doubled trumpet and sousaphone.
Geoff Power with Greg Poppleton’s band doubled trumpet and sousaphone.

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Greg Poppleton at Great Art Deco Ball  – SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 Feb
Builders Club: –  Wollongong 4 Feb
Penrith RSL: –  10 Mar
Jazz at the Pines: –  Dural 18 Mar

 

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Great Art Deco Ball!

Greg Poppleton and band play their fifth Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba.

This is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival.

Since Greg Poppleton has been the band at the ball, the event sells out earlier and earlier.

Again this year, the $149 tickets (including 3 course meal) were sold out soon after they went on sale (by phoning hotel reception only.)

Here are my two favourite photos from the 2016 and 2017 Balls. Photo credits, ‘Mountain Life’…

Sunday 4 February, Builders’ Club
2:30-5:30. Free
61 Church St, Wollongong
Age 18+ only. FREE.

Greg Poppleton: 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton: double bass
(Damon won’t be playing sax because the venue is now 18+)

What’s it like?

THE POPPLETON EFFECT  © Kerrie Foster, Illawarra Breakfast Poets.

“The jazz crowd, they all got excited.
Mr. Poppleton was back in town.
He brought with him first class musicians,
including his son who came down.

This lad of just fourteen was brilliant
and the spitting image of Dad.
The talent will stay in the family.
And I know you’ll agree that’s not bad.

The way that Greg moves round the audience
and picks out whoever he will,
and sings to them through his own megaphone;
you see the crowds get a thrill.

He sings songs from back in the twenties,
and he dresses in clothes from back then.
The consummate entertainer,
we could have him back time and again.

At a TV audition this week
I had my portrait sketched by a young artist

Phantom Dancer Radio Show

I’ve been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney every week since December 1985. It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. And it’s now heard on 23 radio stations around Australia.

Hear The Phantom Dancer:
Sydney 107.3 2SER Tuesday 12:04 – 2pm
Canberra 92.7 ArtsoundFM Sunday 7 – 7:56pm

You can hear each weekly show online at the radio station 2SER website. And as always, the last hour of The Phantom Dancer is all vinyl.

Here’s this week’s play list…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #301

107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 January 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program: ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Glenn Miller and his Legacy
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania WJZ NBC Blue NY 23 Nov 1940
Troop Movement + Moonlight Serenade (theme)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 11 Sep 1946
Caribbean Clipper + Close
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Guest Star’ Radio Transcription New York City 30 Jun 1957
Set 2
Modern Jazz Radio 1959-60
Rhythm-a-Ning
Thelonius Monk
Connie Mack Park WCAU CBS Philadelphia 3 Mar 1960
So What
Miles Davis
‘Treasury of Song’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 25 Aug 1959
Flamingo
Rudolfo Alchourron (g)
’Esta es Jazz’ LR1 Radio el Mundo Buenos Aires Argentina 28 May 1960
Set 3
Piano Led Dance Bands
Theme + Amor
Joe Reichman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Biltmore Bowl Biltmore Hotel AFRS Re-broadcast Jul 1944
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + Let’s Do It Again
Frankie Carle Orchestra (voc) Band
’Your Saturday Dance Date’ Marine Ballroom Edgewater Beach Hotel WMAQ NBC Chicago 12 Aug 1950
The Doll Dance
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Grill Room Room Taft Hotel NYC AFRTS Re-broadcast 1959
Set 4
The Outskirts of Trad on Radio
It’s Alright with Me + Hava Nagala
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House WBBM CBS Chicago 30 Mar 1962
Slow Blues
Johnny Mercer (voc) Mary Lou Williams (piano) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)
’Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’ WPIX TV NY 1948
Set 5
Jumping 1944 Radio
Paradise Valley
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
Aircheck Apollo Theatre NYC 7 Jun 1944
Elk’s Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck Terrace Room NJ 17 Feb 1945
Bangs
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NY 14 Apr 1944
Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’ Newport RI Blue Network 2 Oct 1944
Set 6
1931-32 Radio
I’ve Got Five Dollars (Theme) + Copenhagen
Friendly Five Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Program’ Radio Transcription New York City 1932
You Could Have Been The One, Baby
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1932
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1931
Egyptian Shimmy
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Peacock Court Hotel Mark Hopkins KGO NBC San Francisco 1932
Set 7
Trumpeter Charlie Spivak on Radio
Charlie Horse
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription New York City 1941
You Turned The Tables On Me
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 7 Apr 1948
But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day and Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 7 Apr 1948
Half Past Jumpin’ Time
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Century Room Commodore Hotel NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 25 Feb 1945
Set 8
Post Swing Alto Sax
Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan (as) Tympani 5
Aircheck Empire Hotel Los Angeles Apr 1949
St Louis Blues
Dave Brubeck Quartet (as) Paul Desmond
’Timex Jazz Show’ WRCA TV NYC 30 Dec 1957
These Foolish Things
Lee Konitz (as)
Storyville Copley Square Hotel WHDH Boston 5 Jan 1954
CONTACT
Management, Tony Jex, OzManagement
0407 941 263
info@ozmanagement.com

“Every Second Is As Authentic As Can Be,” All About Jazz Review


“Every second of Back In Your Own Backyard is as authentic as can be, making listening to Poppleton and the band not only a joy, but a clear window into the essence of the music of early jazz era.” BUDD KOPMAN, All About Jazz (U.S)

Back In Your Own Backyard CD available here.
You can buy mp3s at Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes

ALL ABOUT JAZZ REVIEW by Budd Kopman…

Back in Your Own Backyard - 1920s and 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton

 

Greg Poppleton album cover

“There is something about early jazz before the Swing Era, especially that of the 1920s. Its infectious happiness, innocence and floating lightness, its close ties to Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook and how much this music was an integral part of the times makes it irresistible to almost anyone even remotely interested in the history of jazz.

However, jazz is forever restless, and, even back then, always in search of new means of expression. Those who loved this music pushed back, so to speak, and a number of revivals have taken place over the years. The advent of the compact disc in the 1980s saw a burst of activity by collectors of 78s to preserve this music while introducing it to another generation (see Rivermont Records, Jazz Oracle, Mosaic Records, Frog Records, Timeless Records and Retrieval Records).

The seminal histories of early jazz were written by Gunther Schuller (Early JazzThe Swing Era) and Richard Sudhalter (Lost Chords). A few of the people who have worked to keep early jazz alive are band leader Alex Mendham (see Whistling In The Dark), Vince Giordano and Rich Conaty who hosted The Big Broadcast radio show on WFUV for over forty years, playing jazz and pop music from the 1920s and 1930s until his untimely death late in 2016.

Add to the above vocalist Greg Poppleton from Australia. From the age of three, when he saw Louis Armstrong on television, Poppleton caught the early jazz bug and never looked back; his entire persona reflects the jazz age of the 1920s and the Swing Era of the later 1930s. Not only that, he shares his love of this music over the radio on Phantom Dancer broadcast.

Given the knowledge of the era and the authenticity of performance Poppleton’s latest release, Back In Your Own Backyard is real delight, sure to surprise lovers of early jazz that such is happening Down Under, as well as win over “newbies” to the music. The twelve tracks are all very well known tunes, mostly from the 1920s, but with four from the 1930s—The Real Dixieland Book / Tunes Of The Twenties has most of them.

Most tracks are around three minutes, with a few getting close four, each being an almost perfect interpretation of what the song is about. Accompanied by the Bakelite Broadcasters (Paul Furniss: clarinet and alto saxophone, Geoff Power: saxophone, trumpet and trombone, Grahame Conlon: banjo and guitar and Lawrie Thompson: drums, washboard), Poppleton and company get inside each tune with their complete commitment to the style. It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your foot, much less dance around the room.

All the tracks are extremely well done, but standout tracks include the plaintive “They Didn’t Believe Me” (1914—Jerome Kern/Herbert Reynolds), “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (1924 -Isham Jones/Gus Kahn) which will be familiar to any fan of the movie Sweet And Lowdown, the pure fun of “Egyptian Ella” (1930 -Walter Doyle), a “Honeysuckle Rose” (1929 -Thomas “Fats” Waller/Andy Razaf) which would make Fats himself jealous and low-key version of “Makin’ Whoopee” (1928 -Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn).

Every second of Back In Your Own Backyard is as authentic as can be, making listening to Poppleton and the band not only a joy, but a clear window into the essence of the music of early jazz era.”  BUDD KOPMAN, All About Jazz (U.S)


Track Listing: Cake Walking Babies Back Home; They Didn’t Believe Me; Too Marvellous For Words; I’ll See You In My Dreams; Back In Your Own Backyard; Egyptian Ella; When My Dreamboat Comes Home; Honeysuckle Rose; Nobody’s Sweetheart; The Lady Is A Tramp; Makin’ Whoopee; Yes, We Have No Bananas.

Personnel: Greg Poppleton: vocals; Paul Furniss: clarinet, alto saxophone, Geoff Power: sousaphone, trumpet and trombone; Grahame Conlon: banjo,guitar; Lawrie Thompson: drums, washboard.

Title: Back In Your Own Backyard | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Greg Poppleton album back cover Greg Poppleton album inside sleeve

Get Back In Your Own Backyard now. CD available here.
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