New Years Eve Party with Greg Poppleton and Sydney Fireworks


Great Gatsby New Years Eve Cocktail Party
12-MICRON
TOWER 1, LEVEL 2, 100 BARANGAROO AVENUE.
ENTER VIA SHIPWRIGHT WALK BARANGAROO NSW
MON, DEC 31, 2018 7:00 PM
Bring in the New Year 1920s style with drinking, dancing and live music on Sydney Harbour.
 
Greg Poppleton’s 1920s Quartet entertains 9 – 11pm
Greg Poppleton New Years Eve 1920s party
 
Guests will enjoy a 4 hour Great Gatsby themed beverage and canapé package with live music while you dance and indulge the night away with stunning views of the harbour. $190pp
 
Bookings essential.
 
 
Fireworks packages for Barangaroo Reserve to be made available to guests.
 
Menu by Justin Wise, former head chef at Melbourne’s famous Press Club.

Professional Alumni Event Sparks With 1920s Trio


The Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s trio were hired to entertain with real Great Gatsby music for a 1920s-themed professional gathering at Sydney’s Arthouse Hotel.

Authentic 1920s singer, world-toured guitar, banjo and sousaphone, excellent sound, and interesting people made this professional networking event spark.

“The band were fantastic. They reaĺly made the night a success.”
Anne Lyell, The Chiropractic Alumni

Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s singer and Cazzbo sousaphone

As members of the profession networked, Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer accompanied by Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar, and Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, played their authentic 1920s repertoire with entertaining style and at background level.

 

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer at Chiropractic alumni event

When guests wanted to dance, we happily obliged with The Charleston, a tango or a slow foxtrot.

Sound was supplied with the band by OzManagement.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

Tony Jex, at OzManagement, is the band’s booker. When you book Greg Poppleton, Tony can also supply you, at your request, sound, lights and staging in a one-stop shop A/V deal.

It saves you time and money.

And it guarantees you perfect sound and ambience every time.

Have Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer Greg Poppleton and his band to Orchestra at your event.

We can add swing dancers, dance lessons, sound, lights and staging. Tell us your requirements in the message section of the contact page.

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer based in Sydney

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Thank you Aron Downie from Macquarie University for the photos and for permission to use them.

Great Gatsby Bash


Well, Old Sport, on Sunday August 19 it was time to party like it was 1925…

It was Great Gatsby party time with Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, his Jazz Deco band, the All About Swing dancers and more.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Deco Quartet

In the Jazz Deco band were:
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s singer
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard

greg poppleton 1920s great gatsby jazz trio based in Sydney
Photo credit: Karen Bayliss

Held in an exclusive mansion, Beyond Cinema, hosted a screening party featuring Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film of the 1920s F Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. Before arrival, all 800 attendees were assigned a character for the evening with a dress code to suit.

Great Gatsby party with Greg Poppleton

Aden and Carly-Anne from Beyond Cinema know how to throw a bash, with secret rooms and gardens to explore along with dancers, jazz and fireworks to get you into the Jazz Age action.

There was a selection of dining packages in different rooms of the mansion, with Greg Poppleton entertaining in Jay Gatsby’s own massive dining room. And there was four hours of unlimited booze and not a drunk in the joint.

Greg Poppleton singers view of Great Gatsby party

In the grand banquet hall, Greg Poppleton sang three songs from his forthcoming album which will be on Bandcamp late in 2018. Greg began by racing through the crowd looking for his ‘Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue’.

greg poppleton 1920s singer at great gatsby party

Then came the blues plaintive, Sugar. Here’s Greg snapped singing Sugar to Lesley downloaded from her Facebook review of the night.

Shortly after this a clapping circle formed around Greg while he was Singing in the Bathtub, certainly not all alone.

Greg Poppleton singing Sugar in Gatsby's Banquet Room

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Santo Grasso Jazz Photos


Last Sunday, I took my 1920s – 1930s Jazz Deco band to Sydney Rowing Club, overlooking the Parramatta River to play an afternoon of music, fun and dancing.

And there was lots of dancing and lots of fun. It’s an inspiration to play to dancers. It’s a joy to play to such a warm and appreciative audience.

MOVIE

At Sydney Rowers the gig before, in April, someone took this film of the Jazz Deco band and I, then through a third party, generously sent it on to me to share with you…

SANTO GRASSO JAZZ PHOTOS
What a wonderful surprise then, just before downbeat on the first set, to see my favourite photographer, Santo Grasso. He’d come along to take photos of the band.

Now he’s generously sharing them with us here.

Please check out Santo’s wonderfully evocative photos of Sydney on his instagram page. Start following him! https://www.instagram.com/explore__sydney/

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

 

Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s - 1930s singer
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s – 1930s singer

 

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Band - Damon Poppleton alto sax - Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo - Thomas Wade double bass - Adam Barnard drums and washboard
Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Band – Damon Poppleton alto sax – Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo – Thomas Wade double bass – Adam Barnard drums and washboard

 

Damon Poppleton alto sax
Damon Poppleton alto sax

 

Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo
Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo

 

Thomas Wade double bass
Thomas Wade double bass

 

Greg Poppleton singing through the red 1920s megaphone
Greg Poppleton singing through the red 1920s megaphone

 

Adam Barnard washboard and percussion
Adam Barnard washboard and percussion

 

Dancing to the Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s band at Sydney Rowers - a photo I took from behind the microphone
Dancing to the Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s band at Sydney Rowers – a photo I took from behind the microphone

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Speakeasy House Party


The Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s Trio played for a speakeasy themed house party. We went down so well we were handsomely tipped at the end by the generous host.

There was such an array of creative, talented, fun-loving people at the party who danced to Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals with Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar and Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party
Dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz at a house party

We set up in a corner of the lounge room, loading in and setting up very carefully so as not to knock anything in the house.

We used a small PA for the vocal mic and banjo. The guitar was played through a small amp. The trumpet and sousaphone did not need to be mic’d at all.

And I supplied intermission music including 1930 radio broadcasts by the Philco Orchestra and 1933 Cocoanut Grove broadcasts by the Phil Harris Orchestra.

Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet
Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet

The overall effect was a balanced 1920s-30s sound that was not loud. Guests could talk easily where the band played. Some were even sitting on couches right next to me as I sang. That’s how the photo above was taken.

Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party
Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton’s swing at a house party

And as always I sang personally to every guest who wanted to engage (which was everyone). No-one felt left out.

I had a bad case of (non-contagious) laryngitis, so my singing was sounding somewhere between Tom Waits and Rochester from the ‘Jack Benny Show’. I wish had recorded some of it. The show must go on!

A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio
A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

Some of the guests sang, too. ‘Dark Eyes’ and ‘Mission to Moscow’ were sung with much love by a duet of friends in Russian. An international opera tenor did a beautiful version of ‘Autumn Leaves’. And a former back-up singer for punk bands joined me on ‘Lili Marleen’.

Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio
Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ in Greg Poppleton’s trio

Book the 1920s – 1930s trio for your house party through OzManagement- www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

June Newsletter – Greg Poppleton


Heigh-ho!

As you know, June is traditionally the month to spoon beneath the moon as Greg Poppleton croons you your favourite 1920s-30s toons

And I hope you’ll be able to spoon while I croon at one of these June events:

SATURDAY 9 JUNE
SUNDAY 10 JUNE
MONDAY 11 JUNE

Greg Poppleton at Transport Heritage Expo 2018
10AM – 2PM
Country Concourse, Central Station (Pitt St end)

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Quartet entertain with songs from the 1920s and 1930s on the Central Station Country Trains Concourse 9 – 11 June for the Sydney Central Station Transport Heritage Expo.

Music free. Dancers welcome. In fact, there will be a flash swing dance mob on Saturday! Buy tickets for steam and diesel heritage train rides.

The NSW Rail Museum will be operating steam train rides through the city from Central this June long weekend as part of the annual Transport Heritage Expo. This event is set to be a fantastic nostalgic long weekend event for families and transport enthusiasts alike!
https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/

SUNDAY 10 JUNE
Private Event

Greg Poppleton brings his 1920s – 1930s Sextet to an extraordinary private event. Greg plays for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and all special occasions

THURSDAY 21 JUNE
Private Event

Greg Poppleton will entertain at a community centre event.

SUNDAY 24 JUNE
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Meantime, as an actor (not band related), I’ll be March Hare in The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Sydney Botanic Gardens, More Info and Tickets 

SATURDAY 30 JUNE
Penrith RSL

8 Tindale St, Penrith
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Quartet entertain with songs from the 1920s and 1930s.

FREE

All Ages. Free car parking. Bar. Bistro. Dance Floor

EVERY TUESDAY
There’ are four live Phantom Dancer shows on 107.3 2SER radio for your listening pleasure this month. Every Tuesday, 12:04-2pm and any time online. Also heard every Sunday at 7pm on ArtSoundFM Canberra and on 23 radio stations across Australia. See the 5 June play list below. Listen to All Shows here

‘Tip Toe Through The Tulips’, Greg Poppleton Quartet.
Recorded live, 2017 Central Station Transport Heritage Expo by Cy Chan, a Chinese tourist.
If the video doesn’t work on your browser, you can see it here on YouTube

A NEW RECORDING OUT SOON
1920s – 30s Songs in English, German, Spanish and Italian

The band and I were in the studio yesterday recording a fresh set of 1920s – 30s songs. They’re songs we’re sure you’ll enjoy dancing and singing along to. I’ll keep you posted on the album release date which will be sometime this Spring.

You can find all Greg Poppleton albums and mixes at Bandcamp now selling in $A.

MAY PHOTOS

Photos above: ‘Wizards’ hosted in the Great Hall and McLauren Hall of Sydney University

BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES
Contact Tony Jex at OzManagement: info@ozmanagement.com
PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW and 5 JUNE PLAY LIST

Listen online now and any time at 2ser.com
Heard on 23 radio stations across Australia.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #321

107.3 2SER Tuesday 5 June 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Prehistoric Stan Kenton from 1941 Radio
Artistry in Rhythm
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles Nov 1941
A Setting In Motion
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles 20 Sep 1941
Blues in F Minor
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles 6 Jan 1942
El Choclo
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription C. P. MacGregor Studios Los Angeles Oct 1941
Set 2
Swing Band Leaders Speak on the Radio
Sunrise Serenade
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino New Rochelle NY WEAF NBC Red NY 15 Nov 1938
When I Get It + Blue Lou + Close
Harry James Orchestra lead by Tommy Dorsey
Casino Gardens Ocean Park KECA ABC LA 12 Aug 1944
Hallelujah
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘For The Record’ WEAF NBC NY 1944
Set 3
Lounge Music on 1920s – 1950s Radio
Sugarloaf Mambo
Bernard ‘Whitey’ Berquist’ and the Chicago NBC Symphony Orchestra
‘Monitor’ WRCA NBC NY 19 Jun 1956
On The Wood Pile
Harry Bruer (xylophone) with the Colonial Club Orchestra
‘Brunswick Brevities’ WABC CBS NY 1929
White Sails + Time On My Hands
Johnny Saab (organ)
‘Musical Interlude’ WJSV CBS Washington DC 21 Sep 1939
Set 4
From Birdland over WNBC in 1952
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 1952
Stardust + Lady Be Good
Kai Winding Group
‘Stars in Jazz’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 2 Sep 1952
Set 5
The 1950s Dixie Revival on Radio
Chicago
Jimmy Dorsey ‘Dorseyland Band’
‘Marine Corp Show’ Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1950
Squeeze Me
Muggsy Spanier and his Dixieland All-Stars
‘Club Hangover’ KCBS San Francisco 11 Apr 1953
St James Infirmary
Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band
‘Club Hangover’ KCBS San Francisco 10 Oct 1954
Memphis Blues + Bay City (close)
Turk Murphy’s San Francisco Jazz Band
‘Easy Street’ KCBS San Francisco 9 Dec 1958
Set 6
Early Radio Appearances By Famous Singers
Shine
The Hoboken Four (Frank Sinatra’s first radio appearance)
‘Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour’ WABC CBS NY 1935
From The Bottom Of My Heart
Frank Sinatra (voc) Harry James Orchestra
‘America Dances’ Famous Door WABC CBS NY / BBC London Jul 1938
I’m Happy About The Whole Thing
Doris Day (voc) Barney Rapp and his New Englanders
Sign of the Drum Cincinnati Ohio NBC 17 Jun 1939
I Cried For You
Bing Crosby
WABC CBS NY 7 Nov 1931
Set 7
Harmony Singers on 1930s – 1940s Radio
When My Dreamboat Goes Home
The King Sisters with Frank DeVol
‘Radio Transcription’ Los Angeles 1949
Chi Baba, Chi Baba
Lionel Hampton Orchestra (voc) Herman McCoy and the Hamp-Tones
Casa Manana Culver City Ca KFI NBC LA 20 Jul 1947
That Sly Ol’ Gentleman
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton and the Quintones
‘Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 4 Apr 1939
Tiger Rag
The Inkspots
WFIL NBC Red Philadelphia 12 Jul 1939
Set 8
Swinging on 1940s Radio
Open + Tea For Two
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino New Rochelle NY WOR Mutual NY 5 Aug 1944
Theme + Quiet Riot
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’ Quonset Naval Air Station Rhode Island Blue Network 25 Jan 1946
The Elks’ Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Terrace Room New Jersey WCBS CBS NY 17 Feb 1945
Cottontail
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date With The Duke’ Evansville Indiana ABC 16 Jun 1945