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

1920s Party Sat 12 October – Lock Out Laws Can’t Beat Magic and Music


The lock-out laws haven’t shut down all of Sydney’s entertainment nightlife.

In fact, Sydney’s nightlife will witness an extraordinary eclipse of vaudevillian entertainment on Saturday 12 October, worthy of Sydney’s position as a world city.

One Enchanted Evening
Saturday 12th October 2019
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sir Stamford Circular Quay
93 Macquarie St, Sydney.
$159 per person [+booking fee]
Includes performance and three course dinner (see the mouth-watering menu below)
Dress code: Guys in ties. Girls in pearls.
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One Enchanted Evening Greg Poppleton Bruce Glen Music and magic show

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Inner Magic Circle Magician, Bruce Glen, gets together with Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, for ‘One Enchanted Evening’.

In ‘One Enchanted Evening’ you’ll be enthralled by Bruce’s stories & magic of bygone days. Your toes will tap to Greg’s dazzling performance of 20s jazz and 30s swing classics.

All this while you dine on a delectable three course dinner in the elegantly historic Sir Stamford at Circular Quay.

Bruce Glen,  known as The Gentleman Magician, is one of the select few magicians admitted as an associate of the Inner Magic Circle in London. His Edinburgh International Magic Festival shows were sold out.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. He fell in love with the music at age 3 when he saw Louis Armstrong on TV. It’s been his passion ever since. Greg and his band have played festivals across Australia and NZ.

It’s an all-ages magic and music gala dinner show with a mouth-watering three course menu and drinks package. And it’s for one night only in the beautiful and historic Sir Stamford Circular Quay Hotel, 93 Macquarie St, Sydney.

GRAB your Tickets now!

ONE ENCHANTED EVENING MENU (ALTERNATE SERVE)

Entrée
Zucchini fritters, haloumi cheese, pickled vegetable, rocket, lime (G/F) (V)
or
Warm crisp pork belly, apple puree, shitake mushroom, kumara chips (D/F, G/F)

Main Course
Pan seared salmon fillet
kale puree, baby corn, cherry tomato, eshallot, kiflers potato (G/F)
or
Char grilled chicken breast
heirloom vegetables, corn puree, capsicum salsa, jus (G/F)

Dessert
Passionfruit curd,
meringue, blueberries, shortbread crumble, crème fraiche
or
Chocolate mousse,
candied orange segments, chocolate crumbs, meringue drops, yuzu sorbet

Menu is correct at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change
Special dietary requests welcome – just indicate requirements on booking form

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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

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

Cliff Edwards and Mickey Mouse – Phantom Dancer 28 May 2019


UKELELE IKE

The Phantom Dancer feature artist with Greg Poppleton this week is the earliest recorded scat singer, Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukelele Ike.

You’ll hear Ukelele Ike from 1936 and 1940 radio including a wild scat version of Margie.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list of swing and jazz mixed by Greg Poppleton from live 1920s-60s radio below.

ONLINE

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after the 28 May 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney

CLIFF EDWARDS

Cliff Edwards left school at age 14 in 1909 and began entertaining as a singer in saloons.

Most bars had pianos in bad shape or none at all, so Edwards taught himself to play ukulele to serve as his own accompanist (choosing it because it was the cheapest instrument in the music shop).

Cliff Edwards

BIG BREAK

He was nicknamed ‘Ukulele Ike’ by a club owner who could never remember his name. He got his first break in 1918 at the Arsonia Cafe in Chicago, Illinois, where he performed a song called ‘Ja-Da’ written by the club’s pianist, Bob Carleton. Edwards and Carleton made it a hit on the vaudeville circuit. Vaudeville headliner Joe Frisco hired Edwards as part of his act, which was featured at the Palace in New York City – the most prestigious vaudeville theatre – and later in the Ziegfeld Follies.

In 1924, Edwards performed as the headliner at the Palace, the pinnacle of his vaudeville success. That year he also featured in George and Ira Gershwin’s first Broadway musical Lady Be Good, alongside Fred and Adele Astaire.

RECORDS

Edwards made his first records in 1919 and recorded early examples of jazz scat singing in 1922.

In 1923 he signed to Pathé Records and became one of the most popular singers of the 1920s, appearing in several Broadway shows. He recorded many of the pop hits of the day, including ‘California, Here I Come’, ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’, ‘Yes Sir, That’s My Baby’, and most famously, ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’.

Cliff Edwards and Bessie Love

UKELELE

Edwards was responsible for the soaring popularity of the ukulele.Millions of ukuleles were sold during the 1920s and Tin Pan Alley publishers added ukulele chords to standard sheet music. Edwards always played American Martin ukuleles, favoring the small soprano model in his early career. In his later years, he moved to the sweeter-sounding, large tenor ukulele more suitable for crooning, which was becoming popular in the 1930s.

Edwards’ continued to record until shortly before his death in 1971. His last record album, Ukulele Ike, was released posthumously on the independent Glendale label.

FILM

In 1929, Cliff Edwards was playing at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles where he caught the attention of movie producer-director Irving Thalberg. His film company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired Edwards to appear in early sound movies. After performing in some short films, Edwards was one of the stars in the feature Hollywood Revue of 1929, doing some comic bits and singing some numbers, including the film debut of his hit ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. He appeared in a total of 33 films for MGM into 1933.

Cliff Edwards Westerns

WESTERNS

Edwards was also an occasional supporting player in feature films and short subjects at Warner Brothers and RKO Radio Pictures. He played a wisecracking sidekick to western star George O’Brien, and filled in for Allen Jenkins as “Goldie” opposite Tom Conway in The Falcon Strikes Back. In a 1940 short, he led a cowboy chorus in Cliff Edwards and His Buckaroos. Throughout the 1940s he appeared in a number of B westerns playing the comic, singing sidekick to the hero, seven times with Charles Starrett and six with Tim Holt.

JIMINY CRICKET

Cliff Edwards most famous voice role was as Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s Pinocchio (1940). Edwards’s rendition of ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ is his most familiar recorded legacy. He voiced the head crow in Disney’s Dumbo (1941) and sang ‘When I See an Elephant Fly’.

Cliff Edwards Jiminy Cricket

FILM and TV

In 1932 Edwards had his first national radio show on CBS Radio. He continued hosting network radio shows into 1946.

Edwards was an early arrival on television. In the 1949 season, he starred in The Cliff Edwards Show, a three-days-a-week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings) TV variety show on CBS. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he made appearances on The Mickey Mouse Club (see video below), in addition to performing his Jiminy Cricket voice for various Disney shorts and the Disney Christmas spectacular, From All of Us to All of You.

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is The Mouseketeers jitterbugging and playing uke to Cliff Edwards on a Mickey Mouse Club from 20 November 1956 TV. Includes Dennis Day and Annette Funicello. Enjoy!

28 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #388

107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 May 2019
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
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
Women Singers on Network Radio
Theme + I’m Gonna Love That Guy
Joan Edwards
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Oct 1945
Open + If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Peggy Lee (voc) Russ Case Orchestra
‘Rexall Show’
KNX CBS LA
15 Jul 1951
Swinging on a Star + Close
The Smoothies
‘The Smoothies Music Shop’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Radio DJ 1956
Dem Bones (theme) + Sweet Lorraine
1947 Metronome All-Stars (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘Bill Randall Show’
WCBS CBS NY
11 Feb 1956
Chinatown
The Hi-Lo’s
‘Bill Randall Show’
WCBS CBS NY
11 Feb 1956
Tea for Two + Close
Nat King Cole
‘Bill Randall Show’
WCBS CBS NY
11 Feb 1956
Set 3
Women Folk Singers 1929-34
Blues Negres
Cleoma Falcon
Comm Rec
New Orleans
1934
El Cacahuatero
Tona La Negre
Comm Rec
Mexico
1931
Quero Sossego
Araci Cortes Com Orchestra Brunswick
Comm Rec
Brazil
1931
Lei E
Emma Bush with Johnny Noble and his Hawaiian Music
Comm Rec
Honolulu
1929
Set 4
Cliff Edwards
Open + Louisiana Hayride
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Florida’s Treat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Pennies From Heaven + One, Two, Button Your Shoe
Cliff Edwards (voc) Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Florida’s Treat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Open + Margie + Once in a While + Close
Cliff Edwards
Transcription
WOR Mutual NYC
10 Aug 1945
Set 5
Ballads from the Palace
Open + Out of this World
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) David Allyn
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
27 Jul 1945
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So
Raymond Scott
Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
27 Jul 1945
He’s Home For a Little While
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Margie Wood
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
27 Jul 1945
Santa Catalina
Raymond Scott
Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
27 Jul 1945
Set 6
Glenn Miller 1939 Radio
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
5 Dec 1939
King Porter Stomp
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Apr 1939
Sold American
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Band
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Mar 1939
My Blue Heaven + Close
Glenn Miller Orchestra
NBC Radio Centre
Baltimore
5 Sep 1939
Set 7
1929 Radio
Open + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1929
Medley
Red Nichols Five Pennies
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
new York City
27 Aug 1929
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine + Lonesome Little Doll
Dixie Two-Steppers
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1929
Tell Me Who + Close
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Confirmation
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Feb 1949
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
9 May 1953
Repetition
Charlie Parker
Apollo Theatre NY
17 Aug 1950
Moose the Mooch + Lullaby of Birdland
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
9 May 1953

Announcing Bob Hawke’s Death at ALGWA Conference Dinner


Greg Poppleton’s 1920s Quartet were invited to be the entertainment for the ALGWA biennial conference dinner.

During the dinner, it was my solemn duty to break the news that Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister, had died. There is film of this moment below…

ALGWA is the national Australian Local Government Women’s Association. With branches in every state and territory it seeks to strengthen networking, mentoring and innovative opportunities that encourage and support women in local government.

algwa sign at conference dinner
ALGWA sign at conference dinner

BREAKING THE NEWS BOB HAWKE HAD DIED

When news came through during the evening that one of Australia’s most popular political leaders had died, I was asked to break the news to the conference delegates.

Thank you to Cazzbo Johns, who put down her sousaphone to film the moment I broke that sad news news mid band set at the ALGWA Conference Dinner…

<h4>1920s SINGER AND BAND</h4>
The Greg Poppleton band for the Conference Dinner included:
– Greg Poppleton: Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer singing into a 1920s suspension microphone and 1920s megaphone
– Paul Furniss: clarinet and alto saxophone
– Cazzbo (Carolyn) Johns: sousaphone
– Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo

<h4>SOUND AND LIGHTS</h4>
were provided for the long arc shaped room by Tony Jex at OzManagement. As Tony is the booker for the Greg Poppleton band, the ALGWA Conference had lights, sound and operation at a discount.

To book Greg Poppleton, contact Tony: tony@ozmanagement.com

The band photo below was taken by magneticshots.com, event photography.

greg poppleton 1920s band
Greg Poppleton 1920s band

<h4>DANCING</h4>
The Greg Poppleton band played a conga and The Charleston so that The Salsa Republic Dancers could get delegates together on the dance floor.

Below, delegates are dancing the conga.

Dancing the conga to Greg Poppleton
Dancing the conga to Greg Poppleton

The band also played The Charleston for The Salsa Republic

Salsa Republic dancing The Charleston to Greg Poppleton's 1920s band
Salsa Republic dancing The Charleston to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s band

<h4>WHY BOOKING A REAL 1920s BAND FOR A 1920s THEME MAKES REAL DOLLARS AND SENSE</h4>
So many bands play songs from the 1920s.

The Greg Poppleton band is 1920s. That’s because Greg sings the music of the 1920s and 1930s exclusively.

The difference is sound.

Bands and DJs that play 1920s, 1930s, rock, blues, Sinatra, comb, spoons, gypsy, Buble and what ever else is supposed ‘to get people dancing’ try really hard to hide the fact they can’t make the right 1920s – 30s sounds.

It’s that simple.

Like, the family wagon is a car but racers aren’t going to use it to try and win a grand prix, are they?

Booking the family wagon instead of the specialist twenties singer and band ruins any 1920s -30s atmosphere you’ve spent money, time and reputation on creating.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Cazzbo Johns on sousaphone
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Cazzbo Johns on sousaphone

And here’s Cazzbo with Grahame Conlon on guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band at the ALGWA dinner. Tony Jex is in the back ground at the sound desk.

Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band
Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band

On sax and clarinet with the Greg Poppleton band is one of Australia’s most celebrated jazz figures, Paul Furniss…

Paul Furniss with the Greg Poppleton band on alto sax and clarinet.
Paul Furniss with the Greg Poppleton band on alto sax and clarinet.

To book Greg Poppleton, contact Tony: tony@ozmanagement.com
Please visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

7 May Phantom Dancer – What is Trad Jazz, Dad?


IT’S TRAD, DAD!

This week’s feature artist on The Phantom Dancer, your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio by Greg Poppleton, is actually a feature style. The style is designated by a term a lot of its fans use without being too precise about its actual meaning. It’s Trad jazz, Dad.

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below.

PHANTOM DANCER

This week’s Phantom Dancer will be online right after this 7 May 2SER live mix at 2ser.com.
Hear the show live every Tuesday 12:04-2pm on 107.3 2SER Sydney. See other stations and times in the play list below.

FRONTLINE

Trad Jazz is short for traditional jazz. It’s the Dixieland and ragtime jazz styles of the early 20th century which typically used a front line of trumpet, clarinet, and trombone.

red nichols

REVIVAL

A Dixieland revival began in the United States on the West Coast in the late 1930s as a backlash to the Chicago style, which was close to swing. Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, and trombonist Turk Murphy, adopted the repertoire of Joe “King” Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and W. C. Handy: bands included banjo and tuba in the rhythm sections. A New Orleans-based traditional revival began with the later recordings of Jelly-Roll Morton and the rediscovery of Bunk Johnson in 1942, leading to the founding of Preservation Hall in the French Quarter during the 1960s.

Early King Oliver pieces exemplify this style of hot jazz; however, as individual performers began stepping to the front as soloists, a new form of music emerged. One of the ensemble players in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, was by far the most influential of the soloists, creating, in his wake, a demand for this “new” style of jazz, in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Other influential stylists who are still revered in traditional jazz circles today include Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, Wingy Manone and Muggsy Spanier. Many artists of the big band era, including Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman, had their beginnings in trad jazz.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer, you’ll hear Trad and Chicago style is Set 4 by the Bob Crosby Bobcats, Eddie Condon and Red Nichols direct from 1929 radio

The last hour is all vinyl.

eddie condon

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is: Westend Blues featuring Bob Barnard on trumpet and Lawrie Thompson, drums. I mention these two particular musicians out of the band in this 1980s telecast because I have had the huge pleasure of them both playing in my own Greg Poppleton band.

Enjoy!

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Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #384

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

Set 1
Big Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + The Moon Is Low
Ray McKinley Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Jack Barrow Orchestra (voc) Dolores Crane
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
I Can’t Get Started + Theme
Jack Jenney (tb) Frank DeVol Orchestra
’Music Depreciation Revue’
KHJ Mutual – Don Lees
Los Angeles
4 Feb 1945
Set 2
Smooth On 1950s Radio
Open + It’s A Good Day
Perry Como and the Ray Charles Singer (voc) Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
’Let’s Go To Town’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Champagne Music (theme) + Red Petticoats
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1958
Medley: How Deep Is The Ocean? + I’m In The Mood For Love + Avalon + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Set 3
Dixie on 1920s-50s Radio
Muskrat Ramble
Bob Crosby Bobcats
’Bob Crosby Show’
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1955
I Want To Be Happy
Eddie Condon
’Dr Jazz’
Eddie Condon’s
WMGM NY
10 Dec 1951
Jazz Me Blues
Little Buster and the Corn Poppers (Red Nichols)
’Dickenson Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Nov 1929
Set 4
1930 Radio Jazz
Tin Ear
Bob Effros and The Philco Orchestra
’Philco Program’
WABC CBS NY
1930
Singing River
Boswell Sisters
Continental Broadcasting Corporation
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1930
I Don’t Need Atmosphere To Fall In Love With You + Close
Little Jack Little
’Little Jack Little Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Set 5
Doris Day on 1939-45 Radio
I’m Happy About The Whole Thing
Doris Day (voc) Barney Rapp and his New Englanders
NBC Cincinatti
17 Jun 1939
Blue Music
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Peacock Room
Baker Hotel
CBS Dallas
9 Aug 1945
Long Ago and Far Away
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
7 Jul 1944
I Wish I Knew
Doris Day (voc) Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
16 Aug 1945
Set 6
Fats Waller 23 Sep 1943 in Story and Song
Reefer Song
Fats Waller
Comm Rec
New York City
23 Sep 1943
Ain’t Misbehavin’ + There’s a Girl in my Life + Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller
’Personally, It’s Off The Record’
WABC CBS NY
23 Sep 1943
Set 7
1934 Radio Jazz and Dance
Maniacs’ Ball
Glen Gary and the Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Intro + It Don’t Mean A Thing
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
’Chrysler Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Song of the Vipers
Louis Armstrong
Comm Rec
Paris
Oct 1934
Swingy Little Thingy
Hal Kemp Orchestra
’Lavena Program’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 8
Bop on 1940s-50s Radio
A Night In Tunisia
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
12 Mar 1949
Now’s The Time
Howard McGee
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
Oct 1951
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura (voc) Jackie Kain and Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1949