Santo Grasso Jazz Photos
Last Sunday, I took my 1920s – 1930s Jazz Deco band to Sydney Rowing Club, overlooking the Parramatta River to play an afternoon of music, fun and dancing.
And there was lots of dancing and lots of fun. It’s an inspiration to play to dancers. It’s a joy to play to such a warm and appreciative audience.
At Sydney Rowers the gig before, in April, someone took this film of the Jazz Deco band and I, then through a third party, generously sent it on to me to share with you…
SANTO GRASSO JAZZ PHOTOS
What a wonderful surprise then, just before downbeat on the first set, to see my favourite photographer, Santo Grasso. He’d come along to take photos of the band.
Now he’s generously sharing them with us here.
Please check out Santo’s wonderfully evocative photos of Sydney on his instagram page. Start following him! https://www.instagram.com/explore__sydney/
Contact Greg Poppleton now for real 1920s – 30s fun at your occasion
We Put On A ‘Helluva’ Show. And I Met Mrs Sparkle.
What do you do?
The venue you’re playing at has been undercut by not one, but two, nearby venues.
Audience numbers are down.
What do you do?
Well, if you’re Greg Poppleton at Mosman Bowling Club today, you put on a ‘helluva’ show for the club and the beautiful people who came to see and hear us.
You put on an intimate show – singing to each of the 40 guests individually -from the stage and table by table.
You bring people together and get the audience singing.
You tell personal stories, weave in an amazing anecdote about a song or two or three, and you sing a request or two that brings a tear to the eyes of the requesters.
And you have a swinging band:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar
Dave Clayton – double bass
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard
In short, you create a ‘helluva’ show with great musicians that makes everyone happy. In fact, everybody left today with a smile and a desire to come back for more. Many left clutching a Greg Poppleton CD sold to them by Bev Evans. A CHILDHOOD HERO.
Having a special occasion? GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!
The Copasetic 1920s – 1930s Jazz Singer and Band are absolutely the Bee’s Knees. 1.17 Million Total YouTube views. We’ll make your special occasion sparkle, too. Enquire now.
Mosman Bowling Club presents a different top notch jazz band for your enjoyment on the first Sunday of every month, 2 – 4:30pm. And they welcome new players and members, too. Get in touch.
Bev Evans was Mrs Sparkle in the Mr Sheen ads. Her talent made the ads hugely successful. As a result, she became Australia’s leading hand and placement model.
I used to watch Mrs Sparkle on TV as a very little kid and marvel at how natural she was while being incredibly precise in her movements. I’ve been in 60 TV commercials myself and looking natural while being ‘big’ as a TVC requires is a rare skill.
And I loved the music. Little did I know then that the song was ‘Mr Gallagher and Mr Sheen’, written in 1922. No, I’m not a ‘make-a-quick-buck-off-the-Great-Gatsby-movie’ blow-in. I’ve loved the music of the 1920s and 1930s eversince I first saw Louis Armstrong on TV when I was three years old.
Here’s Mrs Sparkle selling Mr Sheen on 1960s TV
Happy New Year Bakeliters,
Thursday, 8:30pm, 19 January, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters debut at Sydney’s premier jazz club – Foundry 616.
Cosy room, great food, friendly bar and great sound. We’d love you to join us!
Options: Dinner and show – Dinner sittings 7pm and 8pm. Show only starts 8:30pm. Concessions available, too. More info and TICKETS
(PS: If you had planned to catch us at our annual Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Katoomba 4 Feb, it’s SOLD OUT)
In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Foundry 616 you’ll see and hear your favourite Sydney classic jazz musicians…
PAUL FURNISS – saxes and clarinet,
GEOFF POWER – sousaphone and trumpet,
GRAHAME CONLON – Spanish guitar and banjo,
ADAM BARNARD – drums and washboard,
GREG POPPLETON – 1920s vocals
Concession, General admission, 7pm Dinner sitting and show, 8pm Dinner sitting and show, Drinks package and show.
Bring your friends. Make it a date. Get your tickets now
Where is Foundry 616?
616 Harris Street near Broadway. See the red pointer on the map…
“This is our first show at Foundry 616 and we’ll be doing our Charleston, 1920s jazz cabaret and classic New Orleans show people just love. These are the shows we do in our regular Gin Mill Social cabaret appearances, at the Sydney Festival many years ago, and most recently at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival in New Zealand and five years headlining the sell-out annual Great Art Deco Ball. We’re very excited to be invited to play at Foundry616 with its cosy atmosphere, bar and excellent food. Come along for dinner, bring some friends and we promise you an evening you’ll totally enjoy.” TICKETS
“Damn, I wish I had known you when we had a theatre. We would have called you over to perform with us in a minute! Your great voice, your ability to sell a song and your particular energy came across as completely American while sounding Australian! And that trio is an absolute knockout.”
Lance Belville, Writer / Theater Director, San Francisco
And the band’s latest CD, Back In Your Own Backyard, will be available, too, at the low gig price.
Free CD when you buy 100 tickets.
2017 SHOW DATES
Thurs 5 January – Private Concert
Sun 15 January – The Basement, Master Builders Club
61 Church St Wollongong
Thurs 19 January – Foundry 616 Jazz Club
616 Harris St Ultimo
Fri 20 January – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills
Sun 22 January – Connections Amphitheatre
30 Shoreline Drive Rhodes
Sat 4 Feb – 2017 Great Art Deco Ball
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
Fri 17 February – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills
Sun 19 February 2017 – Jazz At The Pines, Dural
Fri 24 March – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills
Sat 25 March – Wedding
Sun 16 April – The Basement, Master Builders Club
61 Church St Wollongong
Fri 21 April – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills
YOUR MONTHLY VIDEO CLIP
Filmed in South Kiama, NSW
‘They Didn’t Believe Me’ from the album Back In Your Own Backyard
by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
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1920s Gala Fundraiser Makes $42 000
Last Saturday, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, played their authentic Roaring 20s speakeasy jazz for the 1920s Ozwac Gala Ball, raising money for this venerable charity.
What is Ozwac? Ozwac, the Australian Women and Children’s Research Foundation, is a charity that raises and grants money for research in western Sydney. It works within the University of Sydney Clinical School at Nepean. The research is essential to improve clinical care for mothers and babies. In general, such research is poorly funded in Australia.
In Greg Poppleton and the Broadcasters for the 1920s gala where Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Chuck Morgan banjo and ukeleles, and Adam Barnard drums. Film and TV personalities Roy Billing and Tara Dennis were also at the Ball, sharing their tremendous talents for the cause.
$42 000 was raised.
One of the organisers of the successful 1920s themed Fundraising Ball (which was held in the Evans Theatre of Penrith Panthers) took some happy snaps of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on stage for you. We hope you enjoy them. (Thank you, Kane)
Now, if you’re looking for a real 1920s trio to sextet or even orchestra for your event, lead by Sydney’s only authentic 1920s singer (classically trained) and filled with world-touring vintage jazz and swing specialists, check out the band’s official website and get in touch via the contact page