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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.

Official 2016 Art Deco Ball Photos


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

Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters have been the band for the popular Great Art Deco Ball, the highlight of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival since 2013.

Brigitte Grant took the official photos of the ball in 2016. I am now able to show them to you.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s singer and megaphone
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar and banjo
Jim Elliot – clarinet, alto sax and bass saxophone

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for clubs and festivals across Australia and NZ. We’re also available for your wedding, corporate function and party. Contact.

Hurry, New Modern Vintage Album By Greg Poppleton Releases Oct 31


With more than 850,000 YouTube views for their Modern Vintage swing, Australian independent jazz band, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters have created a fourth CD and digital album of songs from the 1920s – 1930s for your listening and dancing pleasure.

It’s called Back In Your Own Backyard.

At 35’53”, Back In Your Own Backyard is the perfect mix of 1920s – 1930s songs to work online to, with every song a treat for jazz fans and swing dancers, too.

Listen here. Buy at Bandcamp and iTunes. Available on CD, Digital Album or buy your favourite tracks.

Songs:
1. 00:00 Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home
2. 02:32 They Didn’t Believe Me
3. 05:23 Too Marvellous
4. 08:35 I’ll See You In My Dreams
5. 11:12 Back In Your Own Backyard
6. 13:38 Egyptian Ella
7. 16:14 When My Dreamboat Comes Home
8. 19:28 Honeysuckle Rose
9. 22:44 Nobody’s Sweetheart
10. 26:20 The Lady Is A Tramp
11. 29:49 Makin’ Whoopee!
12. 33:45 Yes, We Have No Bananas!

Band website: www.bakelitejazz.com We’re available for all bookings.

Greg Poppleton – vocals
Geoff Power – brass (sousaphone, trumpet and trombone)
Paul Furniss – reeds (alto sax and clarinet)
Grahame Conlon – strings (guitar)
Lawrie Thompson – percussion (drums and washboard)

Greg Poppleton caught the jazz bug at age three seeing Louis Armstrong on TV. To his parent’s despair he never had any interest in contemporary popular music. He’s totally uninfluenced by it.

His passion is jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s. He’s self-taught with his own style, unhomogenised by the jazz academies.

‘They Didn’t Believe Me’ from the latest album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard’ has just been chosen for the soundtrack of a new German-Israeli movie co-production, The Cake Maker. Greg has more than 850,000 views on YouTube, substantial for a jazz independent from Australia.

Greg says, “With over 20 years of live jazz performance, my singing style is all his own. U.S and Australian critics have written that I ‘captures the essence of the Swing Era with uncanny accuracy’. It’s the music I’ve always listened to so that’s the way I sing.”

Greg studies bel-canto vocal technique. He likes to use his full three octave range improvising in shows of up to five hours. That requires a fit and expressive voice.

Every day he sings to Pavarotti, Gigli, Bocelli, Carreras, Behle and Bjorling.

Then the jazz happens when he sings with his Bakelite Broadcasters of world-touring classic jazz musicians. Total improv. Chart and rehearsal free, the way all Greg’s albums are recorded, too. Poppleton’s live shows are spontaneous, witty and lively.

He visits opera singer Steve Ostrow for intense sessions of arias and lieder.

Steve is a no-nonsense vocal coach from New York City, a student of Gigli and Melchior. He sang on stage with Pavarotti. Now in his 80s, Steve was the man behind New York City’s famous Continental Baths, the hip place to be from 1968-74. He launched Bette Midler and Barry Manilow in their pop careers, re-launched Peter Allen’s career, and booked such jazz stars as Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway and Margaret Whiting.

Greg listens to a lot of jazz every day from live 1920s-30s and beyond radio recordings for his multi-award-winning weekly jazz radio show, The Phantom Dancer.

On-air since 1985, heard on 22 radio stations and online, The Phantom Dancer is up for another Community Broadcasting Association of Australia best music show award this year (from a potential field of over 200 radio stations).

Greg Poppleton has released six albums of 1920s-30s jazz and swing:

2006 – The Phantom Dancer
Album of the Week: Women’s Vintage Radio (US)

2012 – Doin’ The Charleston
Album of the Week: 2CH Commercial Radio Sydney, ArtSoundFM Canberra, 5MBS Adelaide

2013 – Sweet Sue
Album of the Week: 102.5FM Fine Music Sydney

2014 – 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 1
(Songs from 3 albums) 780,000 YouTube views

2015 – 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 2
(Songs from 3 albums) 50,000 YouTube views

2016 – Back In Your Own Backyard

Festivals: World’s first 2016 International Jazz Day Event, Sydney Festival, Waiheke International Jazz Festival NZ, Thredbo, Illawarra, Dubbo, Merimbula and Glen Street Theatre Jazz Festivals, Blue Mountains 1920s Festival and many historical events.

In his spare time, Greg Poppleton is a feature film, TV, stage actor and voiceover. He has worked with Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and Adrien Brody.

Band website: www.bakelitejazz.com We’re available for all bookings.

New Video – Yes, We Have No Bananas!


Yes, We Have No Bananas is from the new album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard’ by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Timed for the magic 35 minutes and 53 seconds,’Back In Your Own Backyard’ is the perfect mix of 1920s – 1930s songs.

Make sure you get your limited edition copy now before they all sell-out on the release date, October 31. Pre-order at Bandcamp
Pre-order this album from Bandcamp

Tracks:
1. Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home
2. They Didn’t Believe Me
3. Too Marvellous
4. I’ll See You In My Dreams
5. Back In Your Own Backyard
6. Egyptian Ella
7. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
8. Honeysuckle Rose
9. Nobody’s Sweetheart
10. The Lady Is A Tramp
11. Makin’ Whoopee!
12. Yes, We Have No Bananas!

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Album Cover – Back In Your Own Backyard

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (band website)

Greg Poppleton – 1920s vocals
Geoff Power – brass (sousaphone, trumpet and trombone)
Paul Furniss – reeds (alto sax and clarinet)
Grahame Conlon – strings (guitar)
Lawrie Thompson – percussion (drums and washboard)

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Disc art – Back In Your Own Backyard

“5 STARS. Poppleton’s vocals capture the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy.”
— John Gilbert, eJazzNews (U.S.)

Festivals:
World’s first 2016 International Jazz Day Event, Sydney Festival, Waiheke International Jazz Festival NZ, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Illawarra, Dubbo, Merimbula and Glen Street Theatre Jazz Festivals, Blue Mountains 1920s Festival and many Sydney community and historical events.

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Back cover – Back In Your Own Backyard

Pre-order your CD or digital album copy of Back In Your Own Backyard now. Bandcamp