Greg Poppleton brought along his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians. Their authentic, swinging style certainly impressed – and won over a lot of people who had never heard 1920s jazz before.
The smiles, the spontaneous little dances here and there, all those who stopped to intently listen, and the nice people who came up to compliment the band after each set, told me that the band was fulfilling its brief.
To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.
So the music was low, yet energetic. People could talk easily and come and go as they please. The owner of the bar and restaurant next to the courtyard thanking us as both he and we packed up said it all.
The band was largely acoustic with two 100W speakers for the vocals and banjo, mixed wirelessly via ipad. Guitar and double bass used a small amp each and the clarinet and alto sax did not need to be mic’d at all to be heard clearly.
The venue you’re playing at has been undercut by not one, but two, nearby venues.
Audience numbers are down.
What do you do?
Well, if you’re Greg Poppleton at Mosman Bowling Club today, you put on a ‘helluva’ show for the club and the beautiful people who came to see and hear us.
You put on an intimate show – singing to each of the 40 guests individually -from the stage and table by table.
You bring people together and get the audience singing.
You tell personal stories, weave in an amazing anecdote about a song or two or three, and you sing a request or two that brings a tear to the eyes of the requesters.
And you have a swinging band:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar
Dave Clayton – double bass
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard
In short, you create a ‘helluva’ show with great musicians that makes everyone happy. In fact, everybody left today with a smile and a desire to come back for more. Many left clutching a Greg Poppleton CD sold to them by Bev Evans. A CHILDHOOD HERO.
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Bev Evans was Mrs Sparkle in the Mr Sheen ads. Her talent made the ads hugely successful. As a result, she became Australia’s leading hand and placement model.
I used to watch Mrs Sparkle on TV as a very little kid and marvel at how natural she was while being incredibly precise in her movements. I’ve been in 60 TV commercials myself and looking natural while being ‘big’ as a TVC requires is a rare skill.
And I loved the music. Little did I know then that the song was ‘Mr Gallagher and Mr Sheen’, written in 1922. No, I’m not a ‘make-a-quick-buck-off-the-Great-Gatsby-movie’ blow-in. I’ve loved the music of the 1920s and 1930s eversince I first saw Louis Armstrong on TV when I was three years old.
The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve been presenting on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985, is your non-stop 2 hour swing and jazz mix from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.
Today’s Phantom Dancer includes:
– a set of Duke Ellington trombonist’s Juan Tizol compositions,
– a set of Cuban rhythms by Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnez,
– 2 sets of rare mid-1930s swing and more from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.
A shout out to our new friends Jack, who requested Sentimental Journey, Tony Madden from the Illawarra Flame Three, Graham and Esther who sell organic Gobblejuice (liquid turkey manure fertilizer) and to everyone else who came up and said hello! Thank you. It was a fun afternoon! See you again 20 December.
Here are some pictures…
You can book Sydney’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer Greg Poppleton with Sydney’s hottest jazz and swing musicians by calling or emailing the friendly, ever helpful, Tony Jex.
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Mosman Art Gallery is an old methodist church greatly modified. The church seems to have been founded by one, Carruthers chappie. A plaque dedicated to him by his family, and huge stained glass windows in memory of his two wives, suggest a man at conflict with Christian values of humility and modesty. Even his online biography concludes, “Sometimes the observer finds it hard to avoid the view that he had a strong interest in power.”
The dance floor filled with dancers as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played swing and jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. And we played ‘Begin the Beguine’ and ‘South of the Border’ as rhumbas by request, the waltzes ‘Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt’ and ‘Always’, the tango, ‘Amapola’, and foxtrots like ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ and ‘As Time Goes By’ for the ballroom dancers in the room.