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)

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.

 

Sydney Jazz Club Concert – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Hello Bakeliters,

On July 10, a beautifully sunny Wednesday afternoon in Sydney, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, played their jazz from the 1920s to a harbourside room brimming with Sydney Jazz Club members in the Sydney Flying Squadron club.

The dance floor was full.

In the band: Greg Poppleton Sydney only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Paul Furniss alto sax and clarinet, Al Davey trumpet and trombone, Geoff Power sousaphone, Grahame Conlon banjo, Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard.

Pictures tell a thousand words about the event. Motion pictures a thousand more. Here are two YouTube clips of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on 10 July playing St James Infirmary and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Enjoy and check out the band’s latest album, CD and download, on Bandcamp, Doin’ The Charleston

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – SYDNEY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT

The lyrics I sing on St James Infirmary are different from the lyrics usually trotted out. I chose them from a treasure trove of verses I found printed as part of a 1920s published arrangement. I chose verses that have the most relevance to me, and I hope, you. They’re about loss as distinct from blokes in box back coats with gold coins covering their eyes. Who’s worn a box back coat down the local pub any day since 1899?

ST JAMES INFIRMARY – SYDNEY JAZZ CLUB CONCERT

We’d love to play at your place, too, at your wedding, party or company function. Email me, Greg, bookings@bakelitejazz.com

Sydney’s 1920s Speakeasy Jazz Band in 1929 Essex Roadster


Here are some pictures taken by the Tony Atkinson, President, Hudson-AMC Car Club of Aust., of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters gathered about the club’s beautifully restored 1929 Essex Roadster

The Hudson-AMC Car Club of Australia is dedicated to the preservation of cars built by the Hudson, Nash and American Motors Corporation.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Sydney’s 1920s Speakeasy and 1930s Swing Trio – Sextet. We feature Sydney’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, and world-touring vintage swing jazz musicians.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are in demand for weddings, corporate functions, parties and historical occasions

The Hudson-AMC Car Club and Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters were at the annual Fairfield Museum Fair. Thank you, Tony, for the pictures…

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters around the 1929 Essex Roadster

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters around the 1929 Essex Roadster. In the Bakelite Broadcasters, singer Greg Poppleton seated with megaphone, Geoff Power big silver sousaphone and trumpet, Paul Baker banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters - Sydney's 1920s Speakeasy Trio - Sextet

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters – Sydney’s 1920s Speakeasy Trio – Sextet

The 1929 Essex Roadster belonging to the Hudson-AMC Club of Australia

The 1929 Essex Roadster belonging to the Hudson-AMC Club of Australia

9 Year Old Drummer With Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


My 9-year old son, Damon, playing drums for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, 1 Dec 2012

My 9-year old son, Damon, playing drums for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, Sydney, 1 Dec 2012

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Two pics of my 9 year old son, Damon, playing drums for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Courtyard Sessions, Seymour Centre, 1 December 2012. Grahame Conlon, guitar. Darcy Wright, double bass.

Damon played on all three sets of jazz from the 1920s and 1930s with two of Australia’s most experienced and accomplished swing musicians. Darcy has played in the touring bands of Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and more. Grahame has played in the touring bands of Ernestine Anderson, Ricky May, James Morrison and more

You can find out more about Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters and the new album ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ on the band’s website www.bakelitejazz.com