19 August Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz Photos


Thank you to all of you who came to Penrith RSL for jazz this Saturday and made the afternoon so much fun.

The jazz audience at Penrith RSL make the whole afternoon a great social occasion, so the band and I always look forward to playing in the city by the Nepean.

In fact, we’ll be back at Penrith RSL for Armistice Day, 11 November, 2 – 5pm.

With me in the band today as I sang the songs of the 1920s and 1930s, we had, by special request, the great honour of being joined by bass brass virtuoso, Cazzbo Johns, formerly of the Australian Opera.

Bob Gillespie, musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for Maynard Fergusson’s English Band was on the kit.

Guitarist for Ricky May, Grahame Conlon, swung on his Spanish guitar and banjo.

Damon Poppleton, aged 14, jammed on alto and tenor saxes. And Flynn Poppleton, age 10, sat in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

As always, I’ve taken some happy snaps for you below. See you at Penrith, 11 November!

Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.
Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.

 

Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

 

Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.
Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.

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Swing Dancers and Children Dancing


Greg Poppleton sang with his 1920s-1930s trio at the unusual music venue, Central Station, every day of the June Long Weekend for the Transport Heritage Expo.

The band drew a big semi-circle of onlookers at a location people normally rush through to catch their train.

At one point in the second set, I spied a group of six dressed in fine vintage fashion, hesitating outside the semi circle of onlookers.

When I called out to them that they might want to dance to the next song, Somebody Loves Me, it turned out they were swing dancers!

So I took some snaps as they took to the terrazzo to swirl and twirl to the band’s swinging authentic 1920s – 1930s swing.

After the gig, my agent, Tony Jex, from OzManagement, texted me this nice message from a person who was in the audience,

“Greg, thanks for the dedication of Avalon today. By the way, On The Sunny Side of the Street is my funeral song and always gets me teary. Thanks again,” Craig and Baby Steven.

In the Greg Poppleton band:
Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer
Geoff Power – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard, snare, bells, blocks and choke cymbal.

And please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

1920s at Transport Expo 10 -12 June. Video and Photos


Every June long weekend, Transport Heritage NSW holds the Transport Heritage Expo at Sydney Central train station.

Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 30s music played in the grand Edwardian concourse  to complement the display of vintage steam trains, rail motors, electric trains and old buses.

Here I am singing Tip Toe Through The Tulips

 

We attracted quite a crowd in the historic Sydney Central Concourse.

And we play every day at the Transport Heritage Expo, 10am – 2pm, Saturday 10 June, Sunday 11 June and Monday 12 June.

Here’s a gallery of pics…

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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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Greg Poppleton 1920s Great Gatsby Party – Raising Dollars For Scholars


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the flappers and gentlemen dancing The Charleston at a 1920s Great Gatsby gala raising money for education.

Taking the photos: MICHAEL HENNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY
MOBILE NO. 0425292809
EMAIL: michael@hennos.com

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are the absolute best in Sydney 1920s-30s jazz and swing:
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s-30s singer / film and TV actor
Geoff Power – cornet and sousaphone
Paul Furniss – alto and soprano saxes plus clarinet
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Lawrie Thompson – drums and washboard.

Tony Jex provided the sound for the 1000 seat hall.

Looking for a swinging jazz band for your wedding, corporate event and party?
Trio to full 1920s orchestra. Sound, lights and staging for small parties to big events.
Call Tony or email. Contact.

Looking for a swinging jazz band for your wedding, corporate event and party?
Trio to full 1920s orchestra. Sound, lights and staging for small parties to big events.
Call Tony or email. Contact.

Photos, Jazz At The Pines 1920s Concert,15 February 2015.


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and hot jazz band, played to a big audience under the trees at Jazz At The Pines, Dural, Sunday February 15.

I took some photos for you from the stage as the show was in progress. Great audience!

Thank you to The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville and The Hills Shire Council.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, for Jazz At The Pines were…
– Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer,
– Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax,
– Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo,
– Ian Baker tuba and trombone,
– Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard…

Tony is available to help you have the band for your occasion, too: T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

Thank you to everyone who filled in their survey slips wanting Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters back. We look forward to seeing you again at another Jazz At The Pines in 2016!

Some of the audience enjoying Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Jazz at The Pines, Dural.
Some of the audience enjoying Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Jazz at The Pines, Dural.
Greg Poppleton (I'm behind the camera) and the Bakelite Broadcasters (in front of the camera) (L-r) Laurie Thompson drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Ian Baker tuba and trombone, Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax.
Greg Poppleton (I’m behind the camera) and the Bakelite Broadcasters (in front of the camera) (L-r) Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Ian Baker tuba and trombone, Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax. Lawrie’s laying down rich drum textures on ‘The Carioca’ (1934)
Greg Poppleton, 1920s-1930s singer and bandleader.
Greg Poppleton, 1920s-1930s singer and bandleader.
Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax.
Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax, ‘At The Jazz Band Ball’. (1917)
Ian Baker, tuba and trombone.
Ian Baker, tuba and trombone, ‘Whispering’ (1920).
Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo.
Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo, ‘Gypsy Love Song’ (1928)
Another happy snap of our beautiful audience.
Another happy snap of our beautiful audience.
There were all ages at Jazz At The Pines.
There were all ages at Jazz At The Pines.

PS: Tony can help you have the band for your occasion, too: T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

‘Sweet Sue’ Album Of The Week


Sweet Sue, the latest small group swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, is ALBUM OF THE WEEK this week until Sunday 22 December on Sydney’s Fine Music FM radio 102.5 (2MBS).

Tune in during Breakfast to win the album. It’s now available on Bandcamp

Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp
Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp

Playing on ‘Sweet Sue’ are this fine group of world-touring vintage jazz specialists:
Paul Furniss (sop. alto, tenor saxes, clarinet)
Al Davey (trumpet / trombone)
Grahame Conlon (guitar)
Darcy Wright (double bass)
Mark Harris (double bass)
Lawrie Thompson (drums)
Greg Poppleton (vocals)

Sweet Sue is a digital download-only album now available for you on Bandcamp

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (swing quartet) live, with Greg Poppleton (voc) Paul Furniss (reeds) Grahame Conlon (guitar) Bob Gillespie (drums)