Penrith RSL Remembrance Day, Greg Poppleton, Bob Gillespie, Lovelace Watkins and Marion Harris


Greg Poppleton and his band of 1920s – 1930s jazz swing musicians had a fantastic Saturday. We played two fun jazz gigs audiences greatly enjoyed and danced to – Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz, followed by ‘Deckers in the Night’ at the Sydney Bus Museum.

Saturday was Remembrance Day. At the band’s previous show in August I had been asked by Penrith Club members to introduce a suitable song to commemorate the day.

I chose the 1918, armistice year hit, ‘After You’ve Gone’, inspired by one of my favourite singers, Marion Harris,

I also shot a little tongue-in-cheek Christmas promo for the band’s four albums of CDs and mp3s. Please form an orderly queue now to the online Bandcamp shop. See full details in the description below this YouTube video shot live at the Penrith show:

As always, I took some snaps of the Greg Poppleton band for you. The band features some of Sydney’s most experienced swing, jazz musicians. All are world-toured.

Drummer, Bob Gillespie, played in the Glenn Miller Orchestra for their 1990s Australian tours as well as being drummer for Maynard Ferguson’s English Band and musical director for Lovelace Watkins. You can see him here backing Lovelace Watkins on ‘My Way’.

Now for a triple threat (as they say in ‘showbiz’) of the Greg Poppleton Penrith RSL Remembrance Day show photos…

Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years
Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years

 

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

 

The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert – Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.

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1920s-30s Jazz at the Builders Club, Wollongong 25 June


I returned with my band, Greg Poppleton, to The Basement in the Master Builders’ Club, Wollongong, for a cosy afternoon of 1920s – 1930s swing and a few laughs.

It was good to see so many old friends of the band in the audience and nice to make some new acquaintances, too.

And it was also very nice to be invited by the Illawarra Jazz Club to play at one of their Corrimal Hotel jazz afternoons later in the year. I’ll keep you posted for time and date.

We’re back at The Builders Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2;30-5:30pm on Sunday 22 October.

We’re also playing:
30 June – Gin Mill Social. Tix
16 July – Django Bar, Marrickville. Pre-book $17. $20 door. Tix
29 July – Gin Mill Social. Tix
30 July – Sydney Rowers club, Abbotsford 3pm

In the band was:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton – double bass
Damon Poppleton – alto and soprano saxes

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As always I took some blurry photos for you…

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.

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Penrith RSL 1920s Show Photos – 15 April 2017


Here are some photos taken today at the Penrith RSL 1920s Show – the first leg of the Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017 – and a clip from the local Penrith Press.

Tomorrow we’re at The Basement, Master Builders’ Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm. Free!

In the photos: Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer with red megaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass, Bob Gillespie drums and Damon Poppleton soprano sax.

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Greg Poppleton article 1920s Penrith show

Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017 - Penrith RSL 15 April, Builders Club Wollongong 16 April, Gin Mill Social 21 April

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1920s – 1930s Jazz At Sydney Rowers, Sunday 19 July


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters entertained with jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s at Sydney Rowers Club on the Parramatta River in Abbotsford, Sunday 19 July. And it was good to see so many friends drop by.

Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s singer) Paul Furniss (clarinet and alto sax) Grahame Conlon (guitar) Darcy Wright (double bass).

Sydney Rowers has jazz every Sunday afternoon with great food and great views. No wonder the place is packed.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters will be back at Sydney Rowers, Free, 3 – 6pm, Sunday 11 October and Sunday 20 December. We hope to see you there…

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Sydney Rowers. Singing and playing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s are (l-r) Greg Poppleton (vocals) Grahame Conlon (g) Darcy Wright (db) Paul Furniss (cl and alto sax).
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Sydney Rowers. Singing and playing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s are (l-r) Greg Poppleton (vocals) Grahame Conlon (g) Darcy Wright (db) Paul Furniss (cl and alto sax).
Looking from the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters bandstand down Hen and Chicken Bay
Looking from the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters bandstand down Hen and Chicken Bay
The Parramatta Ferry heading up river.
The Parramatta Ferry heading up river.
The last rays of the sun.
The last rays of the sun.

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Penrith Jazz 20 June – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters returned to one of the 1920s – 1930s band’sĀ favourite clubs, Penrith RSL, for an afternoon of jazz age jazz and swing era swing.

Greg Poppleton sang the songs of the 1920s and 1930s for listeners and dancers. In the Bakelite Broadcasters were Damon Poppleton (alto sax) Nigel Date (guitar) and Bob Gillespie (drums).

Damon Poppleton on alto sax, with Nigel Date, guitar, playing Take the A Train.
Damon Poppleton on alto sax, with Nigel Date, guitar, playing Take the A Train.
The band's old name in lights. Maybe Bakelite Dance Band is catchier than Bakelite Broadcasters?
The band’s old name in lights for this aftrenoon’s show. Maybe Bakelite Dance Band is catchier than Bakelite Broadcasters?
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Bob Gillespie (drums) Nigel Date (guitar) Damon Poppleton (alto sax) play, It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing’. Bob Gillespie was the drummer for Lovelace Watkins, the touring Glenn Miller and Les Brown Orchestras and Maynard Ferguson’s English Band.
A selfie as the band plays and I get ready to sing.
A selfie as the band plays and I get ready to sing.

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