One Red Rose


A fresh Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band line-up played today at Sydney’s Edwardian Central Station Concourse for the annual Transport Heritage Expo.

Did you see the Transport Heritage Expo story on Saturday’s evening news?
https://www.facebook.com/7newssydney/videos/2151746698182785/

With Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer was,
– Damon Poppleton alto sax
– Paul Baker banjo
– Dave Clayton double bass.

A woman rushed up to my megaphone and placed a long-stemmed red rose in it while we were playing.

Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.
Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.

We’re at the Transport Heritage Expo Monday 11 June, too. Playing from 10am – 2pm with sousaphone doubling trumpet, guitar doubling banjo and washboard doubling snare.

Here’s some more photos from today. Though there must be thousands more out in the wide blue internet from all the clicks and film taken today.

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience.

 

Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Dave Clayton – double bass with Greg Poppleton‘s Jazz Deco band

 

The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s – 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

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June Newsletter – Greg Poppleton


Heigh-ho!

As you know, June is traditionally the month to spoon beneath the moon as Greg Poppleton croons you your favourite 1920s-30s toons

And I hope you’ll be able to spoon while I croon at one of these June events:

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
SUNDAY 10 JUNE
MONDAY 11 JUNE

Greg Poppleton at Transport Heritage Expo 2018
10AM – 2PM
Country Concourse, Central Station (Pitt St end)

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Quartet entertain with songs from the 1920s and 1930s on the Central Station Country Trains Concourse 9 – 11 June for the Sydney Central Station Transport Heritage Expo.

Music free. Dancers welcome. In fact, there will be a flash swing dance mob on Saturday! Buy tickets for steam and diesel heritage train rides.

The NSW Rail Museum will be operating steam train rides through the city from Central this June long weekend as part of the annual Transport Heritage Expo. This event is set to be a fantastic nostalgic long weekend event for families and transport enthusiasts alike!
https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/

SUNDAY 10 JUNE
Private Event

Greg Poppleton brings his 1920s – 1930s Sextet to an extraordinary private event. Greg plays for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and all special occasions

THURSDAY 21 JUNE
Private Event

Greg Poppleton will entertain at a community centre event.

SUNDAY 24 JUNE
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Meantime, as an actor (not band related), I’ll be March Hare in The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Sydney Botanic Gardens, More Info and Tickets 

SATURDAY 30 JUNE
Penrith RSL

8 Tindale St, Penrith
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Quartet entertain with songs from the 1920s and 1930s.

FREE

All Ages. Free car parking. Bar. Bistro. Dance Floor

EVERY TUESDAY
There’ are four live Phantom Dancer shows on 107.3 2SER radio for your listening pleasure this month. Every Tuesday, 12:04-2pm and any time online. Also heard every Sunday at 7pm on ArtSoundFM Canberra and on 23 radio stations across Australia. See the 5 June play list below. Listen to All Shows here

‘Tip Toe Through The Tulips’, Greg Poppleton Quartet.
Recorded live, 2017 Central Station Transport Heritage Expo by Cy Chan, a Chinese tourist.
If the video doesn’t work on your browser, you can see it here on YouTube

A NEW RECORDING OUT SOON
1920s – 30s Songs in English, German, Spanish and Italian

The band and I were in the studio yesterday recording a fresh set of 1920s – 30s songs. They’re songs we’re sure you’ll enjoy dancing and singing along to. I’ll keep you posted on the album release date which will be sometime this Spring.

You can find all Greg Poppleton albums and mixes at Bandcamp now selling in $A.

MAY PHOTOS

Photos above: ‘Wizards’ hosted in the Great Hall and McLauren Hall of Sydney University

BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES
Contact Tony Jex at OzManagement: info@ozmanagement.com
PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW and 5 JUNE PLAY LIST

Listen online now and any time at 2ser.com
Heard on 23 radio stations across Australia.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 June 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Prehistoric Stan Kenton from 1941 Radio
Artistry in Rhythm
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles Nov 1941
A Setting In Motion
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles 20 Sep 1941
Blues in F Minor
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles 6 Jan 1942
El Choclo
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles Oct 1941
Set 2
Swing Band Leaders Speak on the Radio
Sunrise Serenade
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino New Rochelle NY WEAF NBC Red NY 15 Nov 1938
When I Get It + Blue Lou + Close
Harry James Orchestra lead by Tommy Dorsey
Casino Gardens Ocean Park KECA ABC LA 12 Aug 1944
Hallelujah
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘For The Record’ WEAF NBC NY 1944
Set 3
Lounge Music on 1920s – 1950s Radio
Sugarloaf Mambo
Bernard ‘Whitey’ Berquist’ and the Chicago NBC Symphony Orchestra
‘Monitor’ WRCA NBC NY 19 Jun 1956
On The Wood Pile
Harry Bruer (xylophone) with the Colonial Club Orchestra
‘Brunswick Brevities’ WABC CBS NY 1929
White Sails + Time On My Hands
Johnny Saab (organ)
‘Musical Interlude’ WJSV CBS Washington DC 21 Sep 1939
Set 4
From Birdland over WNBC in 1952
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 1952
Stardust + Lady Be Good
Kai Winding Group
‘Stars in Jazz’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 2 Sep 1952
Set 5
The 1950s Dixie Revival on Radio
Chicago
Jimmy Dorsey ‘Dorseyland Band’
‘Marine Corp Show’ Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1950
Squeeze Me
Muggsy Spanier and his Dixieland All-Stars
‘Club Hangover’ KCBS San Francisco 11 Apr 1953
St James Infirmary
Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band
‘Club Hangover’ KCBS San Francisco 10 Oct 1954
Memphis Blues + Bay City (close)
Turk Murphy’s San Francisco Jazz Band
‘Easy Street’ KCBS San Francisco 9 Dec 1958
Set 6
Early Radio Appearances By Famous Singers
Shine
The Hoboken Four (Frank Sinatra’s first radio appearance)
‘Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour’ WABC CBS NY 1935
From The Bottom Of My Heart
Frank Sinatra (voc) Harry James Orchestra
‘America Dances’ Famous Door WABC CBS NY / BBC London Jul 1938
I’m Happy About The Whole Thing
Doris Day (voc) Barney Rapp and his New Englanders
Sign of the Drum Cincinnati Ohio NBC 17 Jun 1939
I Cried For You
Bing Crosby
WABC CBS NY 7 Nov 1931
Set 7
Harmony Singers on 1930s – 1940s Radio
When My Dreamboat Goes Home
The King Sisters with Frank DeVol
‘Radio Transcription’ Los Angeles 1949
Chi Baba, Chi Baba
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Herman McCoy and the Hamp-Tones
Casa Manana Culver City Ca KFI NBC LA 20 Jul 1947
That Sly Ol’ Gentleman
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton and the Quintones
‘Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 4 Apr 1939
Tiger Rag
The Inkspots
WFIL NBC Red Philadelphia 12 Jul 1939
Set 8
Swinging on 1940s Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino New Rochelle NY WOR Mutual NY 5 Aug 1944
Theme + Quiet Riot
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’ Quonset Naval Air Station Rhode Island Blue Network 25 Jan 1946
The Elks’ Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Terrace Room New Jersey WCBS CBS NY 17 Feb 1945
Cottontail
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’ Evansville Indiana ABC 16 Jun 1945

 

Photos from a Wedding in the Garden


The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s trio played for a wedding in the garden at Hopewood House, Bowral.

The thunder rumbled but the rain stayed away for a beautiful ceremony and reception.

Greg Poppleton serenaded guests with songs from the 1920s and 30s selected from the Greg Poppleton play list by the bride and groom. Songs chosen included Begin the Beguine, Cheek to Cheek and Falling in Love Again.

Greg Poppleton Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer

 

The Greg Poppleton trio at the wedding reception. Greg Poppleton with red 1920s megaphone and vintage microphone. Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

 

The Greg Poppleton duo playing the bride and groom's 1920s-30s jazz requests before the ceremony. Geoff Power trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar.
The Greg Poppleton duo playing the bride and groom’s 1920s-30s jazz requests before the ceremony. Geoff Power trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar.

 

The view of the garden reception from the vintage 1920s microphone. Geoff Power trumpet.
The view of the garden reception from the vintage 1920s microphone. Geoff Power trumpet.

 

A Tim Storrier sculpture in the gardens
A Tim Storrier sculpture in the gardens

Band Website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Bookings: tony@ozmanagement.com

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.
Contact us now.

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…

See article »

Art Gallery Xmas Party

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

See article »

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.

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.
Book Greg for your event

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…

See article »

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…

See article »


Contact Greg’s Management

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