25 April Phantom Dancer – Boswell Sisters Film Clip ‘Crazy People’ (1932)


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.

You can now hear today’s show online at radio 2SER.

And the last hour is all vinyl!

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week: The Boswell Sisters singing ‘Crazy People’ in 1932. Enjoy!

 

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 April 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

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Set 1
1930s Swing on the Wireless
Back Room Romp (A Contrapuntal Stomp)
Rex Stewart and his 52nd Street Sompers
Comm Rec
NYC
7 July 1937
Margie
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York
6 Sep 1938
Here Comes Your Pappy Down The Own Dusty Road + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) The Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
NYC
1936
Set 2
The Songs of Juan Tizol
Zambu
Harry James Orchestra featuring Juan Tizol
Meadowbrook Gardens
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
Feb 1946
Take The A-Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington featuring Juan Tizol (tb)
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Nov 1952
Perdido + Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars In Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 53
Is There Life On Other Planets?
Various Learned Professors
‘University of Chicago Roundtable’
NBC Chicago
1948
Set 3
The Great Jazz Singers of the 1950s on Radio and Tv
Keeps On Raining
Billie Holliday
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1949
You’re My Thrill
Carmen McCrea
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Linger Awhile + Tenderly (Close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Sardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 4
Cuban Rhythms – Cugie and Desi on the Radio
Open + Brazil
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Cachita
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA
Ciro’s
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
1946
Chiu Chiu + Close
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nita Rosa
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 5
1944 – 1946 Radio Swing on One Night Stand
Cherokee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Radio Transcription
21 Jul 1944
Zanzi
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
On The Road To Mandalay
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Joplin, Missouri
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Mar 1946
Holiday For Swing + Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Set 6
1930s Swing on the Radio
can You Take It?
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
18 Aug 1933
Let’s Dance (theme) + Te Object Of My Affection
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Happy As The Day Is Long + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exposition
Dallas
Aug 1936
Set 7
Bix Beidebecke
Singin’ The Bluess
Frankie Trambauer Orchestra Orchestra, Bix Beidebecke (cnt) The 1st recorded jazz ballad?
Comm Rec
New York
4 Feb 1927
In A Mist + Candlelight – both composed by Bix
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson (piano)
‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue Network NY
22 Jul 1944
You Took Advantage Of Me
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby (cnt) Bix Beidebecke
Comm Rec
New York
28 Apr 1928
Set 8
Bop Singers On The Air
What’s The Matter Now?
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars (tp) Dizzy Gillespie (voc) Rubberleg Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Hurry Home + Deedle + Royal Roost Bop
Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart (voc)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
1949
Romance Without Finance
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Jimmy Butts
Comm Rec
NYC
15 Sep 1944
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Sydney Rowers Club 6 Nov Show – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


It was exciting to be back playing at the beautiful Sydney Rowers Club overlooking the Parramatta River on Abbotsford Point.

It was good, too, to see so many old friends of the band in the audience, including Karla and Mark and family whose beautiful bushland-set wedding reception we played at last November.

We made lots of new friends. Played an encore. Sold quite a few of the band’s new album of 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing, Back In Your Own Backyard (available at Bandcamp, iTunes and CDBaby)

backyard-full-front

As always, I took some pics for you. We’re at Slide, next for the Gin Mill Social 11 Nov – SOLD OUT.

The biggie for your diary is THURSDAY 19 JANUARY at Foundry616 Jazz club, 616 Harris St Ultimo (near Broadway) TICKETS

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer and band leader for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and band leader for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters. A selfie while singing Carolina in the Morning.

 

It was great to see Karla and Mark. We played at their beautiful wedding last November on the Central Coast. They came to Sydney Rowers to say hello and hear Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters again as part of their one year of marriage celebrations.
It was great to see Karla and Mark. We played at their beautiful wedding last November on the Central Coast. They came to Sydney Rowers to say hello and hear Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters again as part of their one year marriage celebration.

 

It's that way! Sydney Rowing Club, right next to Abbotsford Ferry Wharf where Great North Road meets the Parramatta River.
It’s that way! Sydney Rowing Club, right next to Abbotsford Ferry Wharf where Great North Road meets the Parramatta River.

 

The Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters' rhythm section: Alex Inman-Hislop (d) Dave Clayton (db) Grahame Conlon (guitar)
The Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’ rhythm section: Alex Inman-Hislop (d) Dave Clayton (db) Grahame Conlon (guitar)

 

Grahame Conlon and his Spanish guitar with Dave Clayton on double bass
Grahame Conlon and his Spanish guitar with Dave Clayton on double bass

 

Dave Clayton, double bass
Dave Clayton, double bass

 

Alex Inman-Hislop, drums
Alex Inman-Hislop, drums

 

Damon Poppleton alto sax and clarinet
Damon Poppleton alto sax and clarinet

We love playing for weddings, corporate events and birthday parties, too. Please visit the band’s website to find out more: www.bakelitejazz.com

Sydney Rowing Club Jazz With Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Sunday 11 Oct saw Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters entertaining at Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road Abbotsford, right on the Parramatta River. We’ll be back on deck, Sunday 20 December, 3 – 6pm Free.

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…

River views and a full deck to hear the band.
River views and a full deck to hear the band.

 

Looking west up the river from the bandstand to the towers north of Olympic Park.
Zooming west up the Parramatta River from the bandstand to the towers north of Olympic Park.

 

In silhouette - Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 1920s-1930s Hot Jazz and Swing.
In silhouette – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 1920s-1930s Hot Jazz and Swing – playing Sweet Sue Just You.

 

Damon Poppleton sat in on alto sax
Damon Poppleton sat in on alto sax. Here he’s Taking The A-Train.

 

Walkin' My Baby Back Home - a song from the late 1920s.
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home – a song from the late 1920s. Lawrie Thompson drums, darcy Wright double bass, Grahame Conlon guitar, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals.

 

St James Infirmary with the red 1920s megaphone in the foreground.
St James Infirmary with the red 1920s megaphone in the foreground.

 

Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt
Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt – falling In Love Again. Of course you sit astride a chair to sing that one.

 

It's always fun at a Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters show.
It’s always fun at a Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters show.

 

Flynn Poppleton drew a huge ovation from the audience for his hot drum solo on Mr PC (I know, that's neither 20s or 30s)
9 year old Flynn Poppleton drew a huge ovation from the audience for his hot drum solo on Mr PC (I know, that’s neither 20s or 30s, but the kids love it.) With Darcy Wright on double bass.
Flynn Poppleton jazz drums
Flynn Poppleton jazz drums

 

Damon Poppleton improvising on the 1930s classic, Swingin' The Blues.
Damon Poppleton improvising on the 1930s classic, Swingin’ The Blues.

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.

For your wedding, corporate event and party – events big and small…

Call or email Tony Jex
61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com

 

Mosman Tea Dance – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


For the third year running, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio, were invited to play for the annual Mosman Tea Dance.

This year, the dance was held in the Mosman Art Gallery.

Mosman art Gallery
The Mosman Art Gallery.

That’s my PA trolley parked out the front, resting after a half-hour bus trip from the city, a radio show, and a five kilometre walk before that. Today my PA bag also contained a swag of LPs of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV. I’d played them earlier, between 12 – 2pm, on my weekly 107.3 2SER Phantom Dancer radio show, a non-stop 2 hour swing mix. You can hear that very show online and read the play list at:  https://gregpoppleton.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/julius-sumner-miller-radiation-phantom-dancer-swing-jazz-show-17-march-2015/

Inside the Art Gallery. The stage on which the Trio played inside the modified Methodist church.
Inside the Art Gallery. The stage on which the Trio played inside the modified Methodist church.

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.”

Darcy Wright soloing on Honeysuckle Rose with singer, Greg Poppleton, glowing in the foreground.
Darcy Wright soloing on Honeysuckle Rose with singer, Greg Poppleton, glowing in the foreground. Grahame Conlon on guitar is out of shot.

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.

You can hire Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your wedding, corporate event, dance and party, too. Tony can help you with any questions you have and size the band that’s just right for you. Email Tony now. Or call him, 61 2 9567 7171.

Greg Poppleton Castle Lounge 26 April 2014


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played to dancers and many friends of the band who see us again and again at Penrith RSL, Saturday 26 April. I took some happy snaps for you. (We’ll be back at Penrith on Saturday 28 June, 2 – 5pm. Free)

Name in lights!
Name in lights! The car park was ALMOST FULL

I’m very lucky to be able to sing with such top-notch swing musicians as the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Bob Gillespie, Darcy Wright and Chuck Morgan with Greg Poppleton - Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
Bob Gillespie, Darcy Wright and Chuck Morgan with Greg Poppleton – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Chuck Morgan was on guitar. He tours the world with Janet Seidel. Darcy Wright played double bass. He’s backed Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington and many, many more. Bob Gillespie on drums was musical director for Lovelace Watkins.

They are passionate about volume and space. Hmm, that makes them sound a bit like physicists. But it turns a song from night into day.

Writing of physicists and Night and Day, I couldn’t help but break into a tribute to the late Professor Julius Sumner Miller on Cole Porter’s song. “Night and day, WHY IS IT SO?…”, the line instantly reminded me of the ABC TV show hosted by that much loved and learned professor. He had the most unique voice which I fondly attempted to emulate.

Prof. Julius Sumner Miller on 'Why Is It So?'
Prof. Julius Sumner Miller on ‘Why Is It So?’

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at 40th Birthday Bash


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the great pleasure of playing for Jules’ and Kate’s 40th on Saturday evening.

What a beautiful party.

The guests filled the large verandah where we played. Indeed, guests were standing right up to where the band was playing. And we serenaded everyone with uptempo swing and jazz from the 1920s and 1930s, without blasting. So everyone could talk easily while hearing and feeling the atmosphere created by the band.

As Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s singer, I always feel very honoured by the world-toured greats who want to play in the Bakelite Broadcasters.

In the party band, Paul Furniss, considered to be one of Australia’s greatest ever jazz musicians was on clarinet, Chuck Morgan who tours nationally and internationally with the great Janet Seidel was on guitar and Stan Valacos, who also tours nationally and internationally with the big names in jazz, was on acoustic double bass – no amp – sounded beautiful!

I took some pictures during a band instrumental before the sun set. I hope you like them.

Find out more, or book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, through the band’s website www.bakelitejazz.com. See us at Stage & Screen, Empire Cinema Bowral, 1:30pm Sunday 8 December

1920s-1930s style singer Greg Poppleton singing with his Bakelite Broadcasters for a 40th Birthday Party. Stan Valacos, double bass
1920s-1930s style singer Greg Poppleton singing with his Bakelite Broadcasters for a 40th Birthday Party. Stan Valacos, double bass
Chuck Morgan (g) Stan Valacos (b) swing it out with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for a 40th Birthday Party
Chuck Morgan (g) Stan Valacos (b) swing it out with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for a 40th Birthday Party
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at a 40th Birthday Party. Here's a pic of the Bakelite Broadcasters with Greg Poppleton's mic in the foreground. Chuck Morgan (g) Stan Valacos (b) Paul Furniss (cl)
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at a 40th Birthday Party. Here’s a pic of the Bakelite Broadcasters with Greg Poppleton’s mic in the foreground. Chuck Morgan (g) Stan Valacos (b) Paul Furniss (cl)

Old Skool Swing Album With Paul Furniss


Hi, Greg Poppleton (that’s me – blog author) leads a couple of jazz bands.

One is Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

We’ve just released a 15 track digital download swing album.

It’s called ‘Sweet Sue‘.

All the songs on this album are played live to tape in one go. It was just like the band and I were on a stage. You were in the audience, mobile in one hand, cigarette lighter waving in the other, suzie-q-ing at the same time, mixing decades as I do.

It was such a teeny tiny venue we piled into. I had to lower my voice so my singing didn’t spill into the instrument mikes. Very intimate. Gives the vocals a kind of ‘breaking the stereotype sweet edge’ on songs like the St Louis Blues.

And a southern gentleman strolls in on the second half of Carolina In The Morning. Don’t know where he came from but I instantly liked him and he’s stayed in the act ever since.

I believe in never playing the same song the same way twice, because I can’t. So I’ve put in alternative takes of a couple of songs for you. The drummer went all tango in the third chorus of one take of Am I Blue.

We sincerely trust you’ll enjoy, ‘Sweet Sue.’ And if you do, contribute. Buy a track, or two, or the whole album. Huzzah!

Big thanks to…
Saxes (soprano / alto / tenor) and Clarinet – Paul Furniss
Trumpet and Trombone – Al Davey
Guitar – Grahame Conlon
Double Bass – Darcy Wright
Double Bass – Mark Harris
Drums – Lawrie Thompson

Check it out on Bandcamp: http://gregpoppletonandhisbakelitebroadcasters.bandcamp.com/

 

Sweet Sue, the latest swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on Bandcamp
Sweet Sue, the latest swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on Bandcamp. My 10 year old son drew the cover during the last school holidays.