9 Jan Phantom Dancer – Comedian Has A Bad Night On Live 1958 Radio


The 1950s comedian, Pat McCaffrie, who you’ll hear with Hawaiian band leader, singer and composer, Johnny Pineapple, on this week’s Phantom Dancer (Sets 3 and 4 – see play list below) somehow reminds me of funny men characters Bobby Bittman and Krusty the Klown.

Judge for yourself when you listen to this week’s Phantom Dancer.

You’ll also be treated to a set of Harry James from live 1960s-70s radio, a set of Australian swing from 1930s-50s Sydney radio – plus Lee Gordon’s beatnik 1959 Sydney release – ‘She’s The Ginchiest’ – and Charlie Parker on live 1949 New Years radio.

The Phantom Dancer, presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985, is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear the show online for 4 weeks from 9 January on the Radio 2SER website

While The Phantom Dancer is a music mix,  it’s also a first hand social history of the mid-20th century.

And sometimes I find something that is so awkward, I feel compelled to play it for you in its entirety.

The talent and professionalism of all actors in this broadcast is beyond dispute.

It just seems that radio had captured that one unfortunate ‘bad night’ , and everyone has bad nights, where anything that could go wrong beyond their control, sound-wise and audience-wise, did go wrong. This week’s Phantom Dancer has such a time for your edification…

NEW YEAR’S DAY 1958
I’m guessing this sixty year old tape with the awkward broadcast I’ll be playing for you today was recorded by someone in their home tuned into WGN radio Chicago for New Years.

They were taping the live bands WGN were broadcasting as part of their annual bringing in of the New Year. (I’ve also added the religious talk at the end of the broadcast day and the station sign-off for your enjoyment).

One of the bands that 1958 New Years Day, from the Polynesian Room of Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel, was Johnny Pineapple.

As well as his band Johnny Pineapple had a floor show in his hour radio spot on WGN, including dancers, a girl vocal group called The Polynesian Sweethearts one of whom calls out “Wait!” before they launch into Jingle Bells, and a comedian.

Perhaps the tape ran out during the comedian’s story about New York and the recordist had to find a new spool to thread on the tape recorder.

Or perhaps the recordist didn’t have an ear for comedy gold and switched the comedian off to save tape. Whatever the reason, there’s a break in Johnny’s hour spot that reduces the total play time to just over 30 minutes.

WHO’S JOHNNY?
David Kaonohi, dubbed ‘Johnny Pineapple’ by Hollywood movie scouts who spotted him performing while he was in his first year at university in 1938, made several appearances in Hollywood films but was primarily a Hawaiian musician and entertainer.

He played in New York’s Lexington Hotel and Stork Club and at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago from where he is broadcasting on today’s Phantom Dancer during New Year 1958.

He wrote 25 songs and died in 1981.

There’s another Johnny Pineapple (a son, perhaps?) who was leading a Hawaiian band in the US, and was a friend of Tiny Tim, according to his 2005 website.

WHO’S THE COMIC?
He’s Pat McCaffrie. And he’s having something of a tough night in this Johnny Pineapple show. He even asks, jokingly, if he’s in the wrong place. No-one’s laughing.

Quoting his IMDB bio, “Pat McCaffrie was born on January 12, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patric Francis McCaffrie. He was an actor, known for Get Smart (he was Agent 47) (1965), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and A Guide for the Married Man (1967). He died on December 4, 1992 in Orange, California, USA.”

What I love about McCaffrie’s comedy and awkwardness, though, is that he instantly reminded me of my favourite Second City TV character, funnyman Bobby Bittman.

BOBBY BITTMAN
I’ve been a big fan of Second City TV since it first aired in Sydney, usually around 1am Monday mornings, in the early to mid-1980s – we got it late.

And one of my favourite SCTV characters is funnyman, Bobby Bittman, played by Eugene Levy.

There are some who see a stylistic connection between Bobby Bittman and Krusty the Klown on The Simpsons.

And I hear a connection, in the delivery and tone of voice, between McCaffrie’s stand-up and Bobby Bittman.

I’m not saying there is a connection, like McCaffrie inspired Bittman. I just hear one, as a fan joining dots that are highly unlikely to actually exist.

But it’s also a good excuse to introduce you to some classic Bittman from SCTV. It’s your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week. Enjoy! And enjoy Pat McCaffrie and Johnny Pineapple live from New Years 1958 on The Phantom Dancer!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Harry James on 1960s-70s Radio
Cirribirribin (theme) + Shiny Stockings
Harry James Orchestra
’New Year All-Star Parade of Bands’
Crystal Room
Desert Inn
NBC Las Vegas
31 Dec 1970
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
El Patio Ballroom
KCBS San Francisco
20 May 1961
Jumpin’ at the Woodside + Close
Harry James Orchestra
Moon Bowl
Freedomland
WCBS CBS NYC
31 Aug 1962
Set 2
1930s-50s Australian Swing on the Air
Sobbin’ Blues
Frank Coughlan
Aircheck
Trocadero Ballroom
Sydney
25 May 1937
Open + Three Little Words
Edwin Duff
’The George Wallace Show’
2GB Macquarie Network Sydney
1952
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
George Sorlie (voc) Humphrey Bishop &​ His AWA Light Opera Company
’The Showman’
2CH AWA Network Sydney
1944
Set 3 and 4
An Awkward New Year
Theme + Comic Intro
Johnny Pineapple and Pat McCaffrie (comedian)
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Little Grass Shack + Comedy
Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Jingle Bells + Hawaiian New Year
The Polynesian Sweethearts and Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
My Blooming Flower + A Million Moons Over Hawaii + Comedy (gets cut-off)
Johnny Pineapple and Pat McCaffrie
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Canadian Sunset + Kila Kila Holi’akala + Theme
Johnny Pineapple
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Religious Talk + Station Close
Staff Announcer
’New Year Dancing Party’
Polynesian Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WGN Chicago
1 Jan 1958
Set 5
Count Basie 1937-38 Radio
Moten Swing (theme) + King Porter Stomp
Count Basie Orchestra
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Pittsburgh
8 Feb 1937
John’s Idea
Count Basie Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
Nov 1937
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Billie Holiday (voc) Count Basie Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
30 Jun 1937
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
’America Dances’
WABC CBS NY/BBC London
Famous Door NY
Jul 1948
Set 6
Swing Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Smile
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Flight of the Jitterbug
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Radio Aircheck
New York City
1940
Minnie’s in the Money
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) BG
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cornell University
Ithaca NY
Blue Network
25 Sep 1943
Frenesi
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
Arcadia Ballroom
WEAF NBC Red NY
11 Dec 1940
Set 7
Radio Jazz in Opera Halls
Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Chicago Opera House
Blue Network
25 Mar 1945
All God’s Children Got Rhythm
Bud Powell Trio
Carnegie Hall
VOA
25 Dec 1949
Trumpets No End
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Carnegie Hall NYC
13 Nov 1948
Tea for Two + Close
Esquire All Stars
’Spotlight Bands’
Metropolitan Opera House
WJZ Blue NY
18 Jan 1944
Set 8
Mod Sounds
She’s The Ginchiest
Lee Gordon
Comm Rec
Sydney
1959
How High The Moon
Jubilee All-Stars with Miguelito Valdez’s Cuban Rhythm Section
’Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Oct 1945
Be-Bop + Slow Boat To China
Charlie Parker
’Symphony Sid New Years Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1 Jan 1949
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“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

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Get Back In Your Own Backyard now. CD available here.
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January Newsletter – Happy New Year


What’s Happening?
SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
Greg Poppleton at Great Art Deco Ball 

Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 FebBuilders Club Wollongong 4 Feb
Penrith RSL 10 Mar
Jazz at the Pines Dural 18 Mar
More dates and info

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band. We play for weddings, corporate events and house parties, as well as festivals, clubs and balls.
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Happy New Year!

Doof-doof, rap-rap, yeah-yeah, oo-oo, plink-plonk and strum-strum is not my soundtrack for New Year’s Eve.

So I’ll be enjoying the spectacular New Year fireworks here in Sydney with family and friends to a different soundtrack! And you’re welcome to share.

These are swing and jazz soundtracks I’ve made for you myself:

1. New Year’s Phantom Dancer radio show: enjoy a two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio. You can stream it right now at 2ser.com.

2. Enjoy these popular mixes of 1920s – 1930s songs from my four albums. Enjoy!

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 1
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 2
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 3
Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at:
https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com

December Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall

A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s by singer Greg Poppleton…

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Art Gallery Xmas Party

The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s trio never dreamt we’d one day meet royalty! To set the scene…

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Contact Greg’s management, Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com

We Met Micro-Nation Royalty – The Prince of Wy!


The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s trio has never for a moment ever dreamt we’d one day meet royalty!

To set the scene, we were playing outside a church converted into an art gallery/community centre. The event was a Christmas party for local artists and volunteers…

It was something of a windy summer afternoon, as you might tell from my windswept locks. Jim Elliott on the bass saxophone had to keep a tight hold on his woodwind so it wouldn’t go crashing to the ground.

Chuck Morgan played guitar to make up the Greg Poppleton vocals, guitar, bass 1920s trio.

We played in the shadow of the church, now Art Gallery, spire.

What were those poles in the background of the band photos? Here’s a better view, and their story…

The 24 poles were created by artist Warren Keen for the Bungaree’s Farm exhibition (2012). The poles are carved with dendroglyphs of Aboriginal design as used in NSW to signify burial and initiation sites. More info here.

Now to royalty.

One of the artists who came up to say hello to me and the band said my blue, striped, double-breasted suit reminded him of Duke Ellington.

That’s not quite the royalty bit.

The artist had painted Duke Ellington’s portrait, while Duke Ellington was touring Australia with his Orchestra in 1970. Duke Ellington tour news clippings.

That artist’s name is Paul Delprat.

Paul Delprat, pictured above in a snap I took (with his permission) while we were talking, is principal of the Julian Ashton School of Art – Australia’s oldest continuous art school. Paul is a distinguished painter and illustrator. His art hangs in the National Gallery of Australia and in collections around the world. He has also founded scholarships at the Julian Ashton School of Art.

Paul comes from a long line of famous and distinguished Australian artists, including Howard Ashton, Julian Howard Ashton and Julian Ashton CBE.

One of his great grandfathers, Guillaume Daniel Delprat CBE, was a developer of the froth flotation process for separating minerals (something I’m personally familiar with, separating and concentrating copper, zinc and lead ores as a young engineer at Cobar Mines in 1980).

And he’s THE PRINCE OF WY.

Paul leads a micro-nation. His ‘The Principality of Wy‘ seceeded from Australia due to a council dispute that Paul has now creatively turned long-term art project.

We’d met Royalty!!!

For a royal time at your soiree, BOOK GREG POPPLETON, authentic 1920s-1930s singer and band, now.

Community Christmas Carols at Fairfield Museum


The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s band were thrilled to be invited back to play for the Fairfield City Museum Christmas Concert.

And I was also honoured to MC this yearly community event.

Ladies and gentlemen, with music and stalls, there’s a always a real buzz in the air at this beautiful, open air museum and art gallery celebrating Fairfield’s history and community.

Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s quartet opened festivities with Grahame Conlon guitar, Al Davey trombone and Damon Poppleton alto sax and myself singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s sprinked with Christmas songs.

I sang Besume Mucho in Spanish for the first time, with the Spanish Speaking Choir joining in from the audience and applauding enthusiastically at the end.

Community performances were by:
– Shae Mowen School of Dance,
– The Choir of Love, (Chaldean, Assyrian, Syriac)
– Spanish Speaking Community Choir
– Karen Children’s & Adult’s Choir
– William Stimson Public School, Wetherill Park.

And it turned out that the sound man was Santa all along, with bags of lollies for the kids!

To book Greg Poppleton for your event, contact Tony at OzManagement

The audience gets ready for Christmas Carols at Fairfield City Museum with Greg Poppleton and community choirs.
The audience gets ready for Christmas Carols at Fairfield City Museum with Greg Poppleton and community choirs.

 

1920s-1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, on stage with, Al Davey, trombone.
1920s-1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, on stage with, Al Davey, trombone.

 

The Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s swing jazz band with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Al Davey trombone.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s swing jazz band with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Al Davey trombone.

 

The Choir of Love - Chaldean, Assyrian, Syriac singers. They finished with the Arabic version of Jingle Bells, in D, Lailet Eid (happy festival).
The Choir of Love – popular Chaldean, Assyrian, Syriac singers. They finished their set with the Arabic version of Jingle Bells, in D, Lailet Eid (happy festival).

 

Fairfield Xmas veterans like Greg Poppleton, The Spanish Speaking Community Choir was established in 2012 as an initiative of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors STARTTS. Over the last 5 years the SSCC has reunited members from all over Central and South America and Spain singing together in one voice the most popular and classic Latin-American repertoire and keeping alive their Latin roots. They finished their set with Feliz Navidad.
Fairfield Xmas veterans like Greg Poppleton, The Spanish Speaking Community Choir was established in 2012 as an initiative of the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors STARTTS. Over the last 5 years the SSCC has reunited members from all over Central and South America and Spain singing together in one voice the most popular and classic Latin-American repertoire and keeping alive their Latin roots. They finished their set with Feliz Navidad.

 

One of five dance exhibitions by The Shae Mowan School of Dance. The dance school, located in Wetherill Park, has been teaching children of all ages and walks of life the beauty of dance for many years. They pride themselves on their strong technique, displayed through their ever-growing range of performance troupes.
One of five dance exhibitions by The Shae Mowan School of Dance. The dance school, located in Wetherill Park, has been teaching children of all ages and walks of life the beauty of dance for many years. They pride themselves on their strong technique, displayed through their ever-growing range of performance troupes.

 

Newcomers to Christmas at Fairfield, The Karen Community Choir performed two sets. The adult choir perform a variety of traditional and contemporary songs.
Newcomers to Christmas at Fairfield, The Karen Community Choir performed two sets. The adult choir performed a variety of traditional and contemporary songs, including Christmas songs.

 

The Karen children's choir danced to Christmas songs.
The Karen children’s choir danced to Christmas songs.

 

Rounding off the community choirs before Greg Poppleton returned on stage with a closing set of 1920s-30s songs and Xmas carols were the children from the William Stimson Public School Choir in Wetherill Park, conducted by music teacher Allanah Falappi with a festive medley.
Rounding off the community choirs before Greg Poppleton returned on stage with a closing set of 1920s-30s songs and Xmas carols were the children from the William Stimson Public School Choir in Wetherill Park, conducted by music teacher Allanah Falappi with a festive medley.

To book Greg Poppleton for your event, contact Tony at OzManagement

Latest Greg Poppleton Live Music Clip – Tea For Two


Hi, here’s the latest live Greg Poppleton clip. It’s Tea for Two, written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar for the 1925 musical No, No, Nannette.

An audience member filmed this on their smartphone at the latest Greg Poppleton show at Sydney Rowers.

The band and I hope you will enjoy the Tea for Two Cha-Cha and give it a thumb up on YouTube!

I also took some photos for you below.

Only the first minute of the video was useable. As people came up to dance, the band was obscured from the camera’s view. And their was camera shake and blur.

We’ll be back at Sydney Rowing Club on the beautiful Parramatta River on Easter Sunday 1 April.

Check out where we’ll be next on the band website gregpoppletonmusic.com
Drum kit, Parramatta River, Greg Poppleton band, 1920s - 30s swing and jazz at Sydney Rowing ClubLooking through the drum kit at the Parramatta River below from the Greg Poppleton bandstand at Sydney Rowing Club.

Dancers, dancing, Greg Poppleton, Sydney 1920s-1930s jazz singerDancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-1930s songs

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz band quartetThe Greg Poppleton band in silhouette.

1920s-30s swing musicians Greg Poppleton bandGreg Poppleton band. (L-r) Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Stan Valacos double bass, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Damon Poppleton alto sax and clarinet.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and megaphoneGreg Poppleton singing through his 1920s megaphone.

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You’re Really Kickin’ – December Newsletter


What’s Happening?

Free Show Sydney Rowing Club 3 Dec
Free Xmas Show Fairfield Museum 9 Dec
Private Event 11 Dec
Radio Show 107.3 2SER 5,12,19, 26 Dec

“You’re Really Kickin’,” says Norma in New York. Listen…

We’re at Sydney Rowing Club!
3-6pm, 3 December

Greg PoppletonAustralia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer with over 1.1 Million YouTube views, and his swinging jazz band, are back at Sydney Rowing Club, 3pm 3 Dec, for their fun & energetic show. Don’t miss out! FREE!

Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford, 3-6pm, Sunday 3 December.

Restaurant, Bistro, bar, river views. Tons of free parking. Right on Abbotsford Ferry wharf and at the terminus for the 438 City-Abbotsford bus.

We’ll Sing You Jazzy Christmas Carols
Fairfield Museum
6-8pm, 9 December

What a lovely way to spend an early evening! Greg and the 1920s – 1930s band will be a-carolling and playing the songs of the 1920s-30s at Fairfield Museum’s annual evening of holiday festivities! And it’s FREE!

This is Greg’s third Christmas at Fairfield. It’s always a warm, family friendly, community-spirited get-together.

Bring your picnic rugs, snacks and festive outfits for this annual family event, held in the open under shady trees in the Museum’s ‘Old Sydney Town’ style central square.

There’ll be kids’ activities, stalls and performances by,
– Greg Poppleton (jazz and Xmas carols),
– Shae Mowen School of Dance,
– The Choir of Love,
– Spanish Speaking Community Choir
– Karen Children’s & Adult’s Choir
– William Stimson Public School, Wetherill Park

Address: Corner The Horsley Drive & Oxford Street, Smithfield.
(634 The Horsley Drive). Heaps of free street parking.

Private Event 11 December

It’s a thrill to be asked back this year to play for one of our favourite clients. We have had an association with this client for six years.

November saw Greg Poppleton play for a Wedding (see photo above), the Sydney Bus Museum ‘Deckers in the Night‘ event and the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert.

As an example of what we do, please read Greg’s article about the wedding, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s – 1930s charm to your event.
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Pot of Gold Radio Show

Did you know? Greg Poppleton is Australia’s longest running swing DJ. A 23rd radio station has just signed to pick up Greg Poppleton’s Phantom Dancer radio show each week – 89.1FM Cairns. Greg publishes his play lists, videos and expert articles on jazz and swing every week on his blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge.

Read Greg’s latest 3 Dec play list and expert Swing Era article about big band leader Horace Heidt, his Pot of Gold radio show, his link to Louis Farrakhan, his Trianon Ballroom and his Los Angeles School for Stammerers.

The Pick of November Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall


The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s…

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Deckers in the Night


Greg Poppleton provided the hi-octane musical atmosphere with a selection of bouncy 1920s – 30s tunes. Entertaining, energetic and engaging, Greg and the band…

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Contact Greg’s Management

Contact Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com