Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the great pleasure of playing for a very special 21st birthday on Saturday.
I took some photos of the 1920s quartet for you, featuring the very best in Australian vintage jazz: Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Ben Jones alto sax, tenor sax and clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo and Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s – 30s singer.
Because the gathering was made up of very talented singers in jazz, musical theatre and opera, we were more than happy for a few vocal sit-ins.
The young lady whose birthday it was is herself sat in with the band (and her two closest friends) on Two Sleepy People. Another Sydney jazz identity joined us for a gobsmakingly smokey take on Makin’ Whoopee. We had the real deal in jazz sing Lullaby of Birdland. And a great voice in professional music theatre wowed the party with Minnie The Moocher. Lots of fun!
We love playing birthdays, weddings and corporate events because we always play for the very best people who always have an enjoyable time. Contact Tony Jex about having Greg Poppleton at your occasion.
The 1920s jazz trio: Grahame Conlon guitar, Greg Poppleton 1920s vocals and megaphone, Geoff Power sousaphone. Photo: Ben Jones saxes and clarinet.
Ben Jones plays clarinet with Grahame Conlon on guitar and Geoff Power on the sousaphone. Photo by 1920s singer Greg Poppleton.
A band instrumental, Chinatown My Chinatown, the birthday host’s request. Ben Jones reeds, Grahame Conlon banjo and Geoff Power trumpet.
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