Swing Night with Greg Poppleton @ Django Bar Sunday 16 July


Hello!

I’ll be swinging at the hip Django Bar with my band, Sunday 16 July and I’d love to see you there.

It’ll be a cheeky, barnstorming, high energy show featuring a sunny collection of upbeat songs from the Prohibition and Swing Era.

It’s called Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at the Django Bar.

And I’ll be joined by the All About Swing dancers. All dancers welcome! TICKETS 

$17 pre, $20 door | 6pm doors, 8pm show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available.
Fully licensed – NO BYO
Limited table bookings for groups of 8 or more only are available – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked.
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

Here I am improvising on Margie to two of the All About Swing dancers at a gig in April…

And here’s the band and I with Siobhan and Katrina Jane from the All About Swing crew…

In my swinging trio for the Django Bar, Sunday 16 July, will be: ARIA nominee Geoff Power on sousaphone and trumpet, Ricky May alumnus Grahame Conlon grooving guitar and banjo, and high school alto sax up-and-comer Damon Poppleton. Damon has already performed on stage with Anna Vriend (Canada) and Denis di Blasio (USA).

Damon is way underage, so under 18s are welcome accompanied by a responsible adult.

On the song list will be The Charleston, My Blue Heaven, The Way You Look Tonight, Falling in Love Again and On The Road to Gundagai.

Come along have dinner, have a dance and have fun!
See you Sunday 16 July at Swing Night with Greg Poppleton @ Django Bar.
Doors open 6pm. Show 8pm. Finishes 10pm.

Tickets:
Door: $20
Pre-book: $17 + bf at stickytickets
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar 8pm Sunday 16 July with All About Swing Dancers

1920s-30s Jazz at the Builders Club, Wollongong 25 June


I returned with my band, Greg Poppleton, to The Basement in the Master Builders’ Club, Wollongong, for a cosy afternoon of 1920s – 1930s swing and a few laughs.

It was good to see so many old friends of the band in the audience and nice to make some new acquaintances, too.

And it was also very nice to be invited by the Illawarra Jazz Club to play at one of their Corrimal Hotel jazz afternoons later in the year. I’ll keep you posted for time and date.

We’re back at The Builders Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2;30-5:30pm on Sunday 22 October.

We’re also playing:
30 June – Gin Mill Social. Tix
9 July – Sydney Rowers club, Abbotsford 2pm
16 July – Django Bar, Marrickville. Pre-book $17. $20 door. Tix
29 July – Gin Mill Social. Tix

In the band was:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton – double bass
Damon Poppleton – alto and soprano saxes

Visit the band website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

As always I took some blurry photos for you…

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.

Book Greg Poppleton for your event or occasion: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

March Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Hello Bakeliters,

24 March sees the band back at the Gin Mill Social.
The February show was sold-out.
So get your tickets now…
 TICKETS

PLUS we’re performing for a wedding and a harbour cruise.

And, of course, Greg spins a non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio 12.04pm every Tuesday on The Phantom Dancer, 107.3 2SER Sydney. (And over 22 other stations + online at 2ser.com)

Check the Tuesday 7 March play list

Listen to the 7 February show online here

Need Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s-30s themed event?
Call Tony 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263  |  tony@ozmanagement.com

 

FEBRUARY PHOTOS…

1. THE GREAT ART DECO BALL
Blue Mountains 1920s Festival


Full House


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Great Art Deco Ball. Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and megaphone, Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet, Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar, Jim Elliot bass saxophone, alto sax and clarinet.
Sound: Oz Management Entertainment

2. GIN MILL SOCIAL  TICKETS FOR 24 MARCH SHOW
41 Oxford St, Surry Hills
Feast, dance and play at the ultimate 1920’s dinner party.

A night of glamour, food, drinks and entertainment…. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.” – Broadsheet

Paul Baker, banjo with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Dine and dance at the Gin Mill Social

3. JAZZ AT THE PINES  
We’re back Sunday 18 March 2018!


Ian Baker – Tubaman!

4. ‘COTTON CLUB THEME NIGHT’ – RAISING DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS


Greg Poppleton singing with Lawrie Thompson on the washboard and Geoff Power sousaphone.


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at ‘Cotton Club’ themed school fundraiser. Lawrie Thompson drums, Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, Geoff Power sousaphone and cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Paul Furniss alto and soprano saxophones plus clarinet.
Sound: Oz Management Entertainment

Need Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s-30s themed event?
Call Tony 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263  |  tony@ozmanagement.com

Corporate Christmas Party 9 December


What a night! What a brilliant 1920s Great Gatsby themed end-of-year-party for a large media company.

The six-piece Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the 550 guests dancing at the huge corporate 1920s party.

With Greg Poppleton, our dance partners SwingKatz gave an exciting, acrobatic swing dance exhibition, dancing to three songs by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters – Exactly Like You, Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue and Walkin’ My Baby back Home.

SwingKatz were also commissioned to give staff members six weeks of dance lessons leading up to the event to practice some mass choreographic routines which were a highlight of the night.

The routines were danced to songs from two albums by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Firstly, the balboa group danced to Greg Poppleton’s ‘The Charleston’ from the ‘Doin’ the Charleston’. CD and digital downloads available at Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and more.

Then the lindy hoppers hopped to Greg Poppleton’s ‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’ from the band’s 2006 album, ‘The Phantom Dancer’.

The CD sold out long ago but you can cheaply download the track and whole album from Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and more.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer and speakeasy Great Gatsby jazz band of world-touring musicians.

Talk to Tony Jex to book the band for your corporate event, wedding and party tony@entertainoz.com

In the six-piece Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters speakeasy band for the Roaring 20s party were: Greg Poppleton (1920s vocals) Paul Furniss (clarinet and alto sax) Al Davey (trumpet and trombone) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Greg Chilcott (sousaphone) and Ian Bloxsom (drums).

I took some action snaps for you…

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Some of the 1920s costumed guests enjoying the music of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
Some of the 1920s costumed guests enjoying the music of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

Band leader and 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, takes a selfie
Band leader and 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, takes a selfie

 

Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Al Davey trumpet and trombone.
Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Al Davey trumpet and trombone

 

Drummer Ian Bloxsom is a blur of action. Ian, as well as being an ace 1920s drummer, has played percussion for the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera.
Drummer Ian Bloxsom is a blur of action. Ian, as well as being an ace 1920s drummer, has played percussion for the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera

 

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Greg Poppleton sousaphone and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer and speakeasy Great Gatsby jazz band of world-touring musicians.

Talk to Tony Jex to book the band for your corporate event, wedding and party tony@entertainoz.com

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