We Put On A ‘Helluva’ Show. And I Met Mrs Sparkle.


What do you do?

The venue you’re playing at has been undercut by not one, but two, nearby venues.

Audience numbers are down.

What do you do?

Well, if you’re Greg Poppleton at Mosman Bowling Club today, you put on a ‘helluva’ show for the club and the beautiful people who came to see and hear us.

Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s

You put on an intimate show – singing to each of the 40 guests individually -from the stage and table by table.

You bring people together and get the audience singing.

You tell personal stories, weave in an amazing anecdote about a song or two or three, and you sing a request or two that brings a tear to the eyes of the requesters.

Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club
Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club

And you have a swinging band:

Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar
Dave Clayton – double bass
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard

The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo
The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

In short, you create a ‘helluva’ show with great musicians that makes everyone happy. In fact, everybody left today with a smile and a desire to come back for more. Many left clutching a Greg Poppleton CD sold to them by Bev Evans. A CHILDHOOD HERO.

Having a special occasion? GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

The Copasetic 1920s – 1930s Jazz Singer and Band are absolutely the Bee’s Knees. 1.17 Million Total YouTube views. We’ll make your special occasion sparkle, too.  Enquire now.

Mosman Bowling Club presents a different top notch jazz band for your enjoyment on the first Sunday of every month, 2 – 4:30pm. And they welcome new players and members, too. Get in touch.

A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'.
A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’.

MRS SPARKLE
Bev Evans was Mrs Sparkle in the Mr Sheen ads. Her talent made the ads hugely successful. As a result, she became Australia’s leading hand and placement model.

I used to watch Mrs Sparkle on TV as a very little kid and marvel at how natural she was while being incredibly precise in her movements. I’ve been in 60 TV commercials myself and looking natural while being ‘big’ as a TVC requires is a rare skill.

And I loved the music. Little did I know then that the song was ‘Mr Gallagher and Mr Sheen’, written in 1922. No, I’m not a ‘make-a-quick-buck-off-the-Great-Gatsby-movie’ blow-in. I’ve loved the music of the 1920s and 1930s eversince I first saw Louis Armstrong on TV when I was three years old.

Here’s  Mrs Sparkle selling Mr Sheen on 1960s TV

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Penrith March 10 – Greg Poppleton Makes 1920s-30s Pop


Greg Poppleton returned to Penrith to entertain with the songs of the 1920s and 1930s.

The venue was Penrith RSL. Greg Poppleton has been one of the Saturday afternoon jazz bands for the ‘Penrith Jazz Family’ there since 2008.

It’s always lots of fun. I took some movies for you.  And if you enjoy these videos, please give them a thumbs up on YouTube. Thank you.

We’ll be back at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 30 June, 2 – 5pm. Free. Dance floor, bar, bistro and kid friendly. See you there!

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Photos – Swing With Greg Poppleton – Django Bar


The band and I had lots of fun last night (Sunday 16 July) with the All About Swing Dancers at Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at the Django Bar.

Thank you to everyone for coming.

You can see the band next at:
Sat 29 July – Gin Mill Social (sold out)
Sun 30 July – Sydney Rowing Club 3-6pm
Sun 13 August – Mosman Bowling Club 2-4:30pm

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To whet your appetite for the next shows, here are four photos of Greg Poppleton and All About Swing at Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at the Django Bar. Enjoy!

Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar, Sunday 16 July
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar, Sunday 16 July
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar. Greg Poppleton (blue-striped suit 1920s-30s swing vocals) Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling cornet) Grahame Conlon (guitar doubling banjo) Damon Poppleton (alto sax).
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar. Greg Poppleton (blue-striped suit 1920s-30s swing vocals) Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling cornet) Grahame Conlon (guitar doubling banjo) Damon Poppleton (alto sax).
Greg Poppleton singing 'Button Up Your Overcoat' on the big screen with Damon Poppleton watching.
Greg Poppleton singing ‘Button Up Your Overcoat’ on the big screen with Damon Poppleton watching.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Band – Palmer & Co. 27 May


Saturday night, Greg Poppleton and the band, barnstormed Sydney’s underground 1920s nightclub venue, Palmer and Co.

I took a few snaps of the band for you. It was great to make so many new friends for the band and to meet so many interesting new people.

We kicked off at 9pm and the joint was jumping and crowded to 1pm.

Check out Greg Poppleton for your venue, wedding and party, too. Band website

Glenn Henrich, clarinet, with Greg Poppleton at Palmer and Co.. (He also plays vibes for James Morrison)
Glenn Henrich, clarinet, with Greg Poppleton at Palmer and Co.. (He also plays vibes for James Morrison)
Greg Chilcott sousaphone and Grahame Conlon guitar with Greg Poppleton at Palmer and Co.
Greg Chilcott sousaphone and Grahame Conlon guitar with Greg Poppleton at Palmer and Co.
Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet: Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-1930s singer in blue. Glenn Henrich clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.
Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet: Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-1930s singer in blue. Glenn Henrich clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

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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.

Foundry 616 Photos – Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s Show


Jazz club Foundry 616 witnessed the most high-energy show of its lifetime when Greg Poppleton brought their songs of the 1920s and 1930s to the Foundry stage.

One visiting Londoner told us the night reminded of her of many nights she had spent at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. High energy and intimate were the words she used to describe the show.

Many Greg Poppleton regulars and plenty of new friends were in the audience making the night one of the club’s busiest Thursday nights on record.

The band’s stock of Back In Your Own Backyard albums (available at Bandcamp) sold out.

Thank you to Jennifer Power, sound man Jonathan, and drummer Adam Barnard for the photos below. I also took a few. Enjoy…

The Bakelite Broadcasters just about to go on stage. L-r Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Geoff Power sousaphone, cornet and trombone, Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Band  just about to go on stage at Foundry 616. L-r Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Geoff Power sousaphone, cornet and trombone, Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Photo: Greg Poppleton.

 

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Adam Barnard during soundcheck at the drums and washboard.

 

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1920s – 1930s singer Greg Poppleton  snapped in the wings after the show

 

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Some of the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters instruments on stage – sousaphone, megaphone, trombone, guitar, drums and alto sax.

 

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Greg Poppleton  (far right of photo) sings without the microphone, getting up-close and personal with the audience. Paul Furniss plays clarinet, Geoff Power sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard drums.

 

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Geoff Power takes a fiery cornet solo on Hindustan. Grahame Conlon is behind him on guitar. Adam Barnard, drums.

To bookGreg Poppleton for your 1920s – 1930s themed wedding, club event or party, talk to Tony Jex

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Press and Radio – Foundry 616 Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Show TONIGHT 19 January


What a wild week it’s been leading up to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 1920s – 1930s jazz show at jazz club Foundry 616 TONIGHT, Thursday 19 January.

So many good people and famous people spreading the word on radio, in newspapers and online. Thank you!

Are you in Sydney tonight? Come along and let us stimulate your F-Zone. Dinner from 7pm. Show at 8:30pm
More info and tickets.

Interviewed by two radio and TV legends, Bob Rogers and Jono Coleman (Both OAMs)

Bob Rogers interview:

Greg Poppleton with Jono Coleman and Jon Vidler

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Jon Vidler, Greg Poppleton and Jono Coleman holding Greg’s new Back In Your Own Backyard album of 1920s – 30s songs available at Bandcamp. Taken in the Northside radio studios after talking about Greg’s 1920s-30s show at jazz club Foundry 616, Thurs 19 January. Tickets.

Interviewed by two local jazz identities about the Thursday 19 January Foundry 616 show, Frank Presley on Now’s The Time and Susan Gai Dowling on Australian Jazz Scene

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Frank Presley – Now’s The Time, Northside Radio, Thurs 9pm

 

Greg Poppleton holding Back In Your Own Backyard album with Peter Nelson and Susan Gai Dowling talking about Greg's Foundry 616 show on Australian Jazz Scene, Mondays 10pm, 102.5 Fine Music
Greg Poppleton holding Back In Your Own Backyard album with Peter Nelson and Susan Gai Dowling talking about Greg’s Foundry 616 show on Australian Jazz Scene, Mondays 10pm, 102.5 Fine Music

Limelight Magazine and the Inner West Courier ran stories on the Foundry 616 1920s -30s show

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Greg Poppleton – Inner West Courier

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On Sydney’s leading independent station 107.3 2SER, Greg was interviewed by Jess Klajman on Sunday Breakfast and by veteran music journalist, Stuart Coupe. Stuart’s interview was also heard across Australia on the Community Radio Network over his popular Dirt Music show.

There are still tickets left for the Foundry 616 1920s-1930s show with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Thursday 19 January.

Foundry 616 is Sydney’s premier jazz club, 616 Harris St Ultimo near Broadway.

In fact, there are only 5 tickets left for 7pm dinner and the show.

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Phone bookings 02 9211 9442

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