SAT 6 FEB 7 – 11pm
Great Art Deco Ball.
47 Katoomba St, Katoomba
Includes a three course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp.
Tickets available through reception (02) 4782 1111
SUN 20 MAR 12:30pm
Jazz At The Pines, Dural.
FRI 25 MAR – SUN 27 MAR
Waiheke Jazz Festival Auckland NZ.
FRI 29 APR 7pm GP & the BBs + Pal Joey (1957) Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Bookings 4382 1777
Oct 24: Gin Mill 1920s Social, Slide. 7pm. $99 includes dinner and lots more entertainment.
Oct 29: Soda Factory Prohibition 1925 Speakeasy Soiree. Band from 7:30pm.
Nov 7: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free
Nov 9: Riverbend Restaurant. Wisemans Ferry. 12 noon. $49 includes lunch.
Nov 12: Bondi Pavilion-Lunch Concert. Duo. Free.
Nov 14: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free
Nov 15: Penrith RSL. 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2pm. Free
Nov 16: Spring Into Jazz, St Leonards Park, North Sydney. 1920s Orchestra – The Lounge Bar Lotharios. Free. Bring a picnic!
Nov 21: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free
Nov 28: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free
Dec 6: Fairfield Museum, Horsley Drive, Smithfield. TBA
Dec 14: St George Leagues Club. 3pm. Sunday Jazz. Free
Dec 18: Gin Mill 1920s Social, Slide. 7pm. $99 includes dinner and lots more entertainment.
Dec 20: Wedding – Surry Hills
Dec 28: Sydney Rowing Club Jazz. Jazz On The deck. 3pm. Free
Feb 7: Art Deco Ball Carrington Hotel Katoomba.
Feb 15: Jazz In The Pines, Dural. The Pines historic property. 656 Old Northern Road. $14 / $12 concession / $28 family
Feb 20: Gin Mill 1920s Social, Slide. 7pm. $99 includes dinner and lots more entertainment.
Feb 28: Penrith RSL. 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2pm. Free
THE LOUNGE BAR LOTHARIOS – 1920s Dance Orchestra
GREG POPPLETON AND THE BAKELITE BROADCASTERS – 1920s-1930s Chill Mix
May Greetings To You, Bakelite Broadcasters,
Thank you for coming to our April Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters shows.
We very much enjoyed playing for you at the 1920s theme Gin Mill Social at Slide on Oxford St, 25th April. We’re back there 7pm Friday 16 May.
And we always have a great time playing for our friends at Penrith RSL, which we did on April 26th for Saturday afternoon Jazz. We’ll be back at Penrith RSL, 2pm, Saturday 28th June – Free!
A live video of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters playing for the Sydney Jazz Club last year was accepted into Madonna’s ArtIsFreedom ‘curation’.
In this live clip, the Bakelite Broadcasters include Greg Poppleton (voc) Paul Furniss (clarinet) Al Davey (trombone) Grahame Conlon (banjo) Geoff Power (sousaphone) Lawrie Thompson (drums).
WHAT’S ON IN MAY?
Fri 9 May. 7pm – 1st Floor, Charlotte St Ashfield near Ashfield train station. FREE
I’ll be singing with Dennis Quinlan’s Bridge City Jazz Band and Al Davey from Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
Sat 10 May. 7pm – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio will be playing the songs of the 1920s for a 20s themed corporate function. The line-up will be just the same as for Slide below…
GIN MILL SOCIAL
Fri. 16 May. 7pm – Slide, 41 Oxford St Darlinghurst.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (Greg Poppleton (voc) Geoff Power (sousaphone and trumpet) Chuck Morgan (banjo and ukelele) open with a one hour set of high energy Roaring 20s jazz, followed by more live music, tap dancing, burlesque and juggling. Show finishes around midnight.
Find out more and Tickets
PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW
Tues. 6, 13, 20, 27 May. 12 noon – 2pm.
107.3 2SER Sydney, online and digital radio.
Swing and jazz from live 1920s-1960s Radio and TV.
Listen on the day or hear past shows now.
Sun. 4, 11, 18, 25 May. 7pm.
WHAT HAPPENED IN APRIL?
GIN MILL SOCIAL, SLIDE NIGHTCLUB, 41 OXFORD ST DARLINGHURST 25 APRIL
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters opened the 5th Gin Mill Social for 2014 at Slide on Friday 25 April. I set the camera up to take a happy snap for you of the band in action…Greg Poppleton (voc) Geoff Power (tp and sousaphone) and Chuck Morgan (banjo and ukelele).
See more pics on the Greg Poppleton Radio Lounge Blog
We got our name up in lights! We’ll be back (Greg Poppleton, Chuck Morgan (g) Darcy Wright (db) Bob Gillespie (d) on Saturday 28 June 2 – 5pm. Free. See more pics on the Greg Poppleton Radio Lounge Blog
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We’d love to play for your wedding, corporate event and party
See you at a show in May,
All the best to you,
Here’s a YouTube short of the 1920s-style dance orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, which I hope you’ll enjoy for both the music and dancing.
The short was directed by Chicago-born, Sydney-based director, Justin Lane. It was filmed at a live concert by the orchestra at the Glen Street Theatre in Sydney.
The song is, ‘Breakaway’, or, ‘Let’s Do The Breakaway’, colloquially, written by Arthur Kay for the Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, a lost film.
The Lounge Bar Lotharios play the songs that made the Roaring 20s roar. And in its short existence the orchestra has already played some massive shows including the 1920s themed Gala Dance for the Centenary Celebrations of the Australian capital, Canberra.
The orchestra is lead by myself, Greg Poppleton (singer). The musical director, Geoff Power (gold trumpet), has toured the U.S. 9 times and recorded with Vince Giordano.
The dancers are the Sydney SwingKatz, lead by James Star.
Do come to the Django Bar of the Camelot Lounge on Thursday 23 May for a night of toe-tappin’ 20’s croonin’ with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters. With Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone and Grahame Conlon tenor banjo. I’ll be singing. Please spread the word. Doors open at 6pm. Music at 8pm. Pizzas are the best in Sydney. Just whipped up a poster…
The Django Bar is on the corner of Marrickville Road and Railway Parade opposite Sydenham Station
The latest independent release by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is pure 1920s in flavour and available on Bandcamp
With the same maverick spirit that produced ‘The Phantom Dancer’ (the sold-out first CD and the award-winning, national community radio show), ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the long-awaited second album from Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters
Recorded live-in-studio in just 5 hours, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the first document of Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters as a purely Roaring 20s Speakeasy 5-piece. There are more layers, more stylistic tangents than before, with a DNA recovered from the very bones of smoking, catchy, 1920s speakeasy pop. At the forefront is the undeniably authentic and unique Roaring 20s vocal style of Greg Poppleton
A pre-release spin of ‘Doin The Charleston’ at the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival had swing dancers crowding the dance floor
Greg Poppleton is very proud of the results, “For me, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners and promenade home”
Greg has expanded his 3.5 octave sonic palette with a long list of influences to forge his own sound. Heir to a tradition of finely-crafted, dramatic, confessional music that explores the ups and downs of life and love with a keenly-observed honesty that touches all who hear, Greg Poppleton is backed by what really is an all-star speakeasy band of world-touring jazz musicians…
Paul Furniss weaves shimmering, infectious, toe-tapping anthems using soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet. Al Davey wails, growls and caresses on trumpet and trombone. He brings together the brightest elements and darkest undertones in a unique blend of unshackled two-beat. Grahame Conlon’s banjo demands attention weaving audacious fat chords around the pulsing, minimalist sousaphone loops of Rod Herbert and ARIA nominee Geoff Power and the chemically infused drum beats and bootleg hooch washboard laid down by Bell band legend, Lawrie Thompson
The quintet makes lullabies, lush dreamy vintage pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of hot, danceable jazz. Vocal hooks are inescapable, lush productions uncannily authentic to the Roaring 20s, as sophisticated and pristine as anything on a 78 disc. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’s’ 14 tracks (including a bonus alternate take on the soaring St James Infirmary) trace a unique aesthetic universe that is fully-crafted and fully-realised, deftly walking the lines between joyous exhilaration and otherworldly rapture, pleasure-centre pop and total self-possession
It has been described as the Temperance Seven meets’ Don Byron’s Bug Music
Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters’ is a universe that invites exploration and demands revisiting. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ is a journey from darkness to light, from anger to love, from chaos to order. Buy at Bandcamp, CD Baby and bakelitejazz.com
‘Doin’ The Charleston’ has been featured by Bob Rogers in a one hour special on the album over 2CH and the Macquarie Network, Sydney. It has also been CD of the Week on ArtSoundFM Canberra and Jazz Album of the Week on 5MBS Adelaide
Former jazz critic for The Australian newspaper, Kevin Jones, wrote about ‘Doin The Charleston’…
“Even in the 21st century, the music of the so-called jazz age (the Roaring Twenties) still holds a fascination for many, judging by the number of bands which play this style of music world-wide. The Bakelite Broadcasters, led by vocalist Greg Poppleton, keeps the 1920s’ flag flying in Sydney as this enjoyable disc, the second by the group, shows.
They are mostly pre-Swing Era songs written before Benny Goodman launched jazz’s most popular years at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 21, 1935 ranging from Paul Dresser’s My Gal Sal (1907) to Fats Wallers’ I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Lettter (1935) and include The Charleston (1923) and Sweet Lorraine and Button Up Your Overcoat (both written in 1928)
Listening to the 1929 recording by the Mound City Blue Blowers of I Ain’t Got Nobody and My Gal Sal shows the Broadcasters have captured the basic sound. Not surprising when you consider the group includes musicians of the calibre of Paul Furniss (reeds) Al Davey (trumpet and trombone) and Lawrie Thompson (drums and washboard) who show how well they have mastered the style. Grahame Conlon (tenor banjo) makes a mockery of those many banjo jokes with his rollicking solo on The Road To Gundagai. As for the leader, some may find his voice a little affected at times but he has captured that decade’s vocal style to perfection especially on Falling in Love Again sung in both English and German. As enjoyable as they are to listen to The Bakelite Broadcasters must be even better live.”