Photos – Swing Dancing As Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!


Photos from the final day of Greg Poppleton making Jazz Deco Pop at Sydney’s Transport Heritage Expo which ran 9 – 11 June. Enjoy!

Thank you to the swing dancers from Swing Patrol, Swingtime, Swingaroo, Harbour City Hoppers and All About Swing who danced to Greg Poppleton‘s 1920s-1930s jazz deco swing.

There’ll be more Greg Poppleton 1920s–30s jazz and swing for swing dancers at Penrith RSL,  Saturday 30 June, 2-5pm Free. Facebook event page.

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s Singer makes Jazz Deco Pop!
Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s Singer makes Jazz Deco Pop!

 

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

 

Swing dancers watched by an appreciative audience dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancers watched by an appreciative audience dancing to Greg Poppleton

 

The Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco trio - Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard
The Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco trio – Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard

 

Grahame Conlon guitar in the Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band
Grahame Conlon guitar in the Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band

 

Geoff Power cornet with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Geoff Power cornet with Greg Poppleton’s Jazz Deco band

 

Adam Barnard washboard with Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s band

 

Swing dancers and the Greg Poppleton quartet
Swing dancers and the Greg Poppleton quartet

 

And, of course, the vintage trains!
And, of course, the vintage trains!

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Greg Poppleton 1940s VE Day GI Dance


Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and his Jazz Deco trio had the honour of playing for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance.

Greg sang the songs popular in the early 1940s in his naturally true-to-the-era dance band singer style.

Some say his voice reminds them of Al Bowlly. Others say Ray Eberle.

And his small band is definitely 1940s Sydney when the majority of bands playing for dancers through the suburbs were trios to sextets. (Check out Greg Poppleton’s ABC Radio National documentary about Sydney’s 1942-45 Booker T Washington Club for U.S African-American service personnel. The band that played there was mainly a quartet.)

This fantastic evening celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War.

Greg Poppleton Trio at the 2012 VE Day GI Dance
Greg Poppleton Trio at the VE Day GI Dance

Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms.

They danced to Greg Poppleton playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, White Cliffs Of Dover, I’ve Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s.

At the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn’s post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart.

Guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!

Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton
Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton

Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny ‘1940s paperboy’ MC with prizes for the best-dressed

All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style, with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only 1920s – 1930s style singer with duo to 6-piece band. He can also offer a 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra and 1930s-40s Swing Orchestra playing Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

Contact Greg through Tony Jex at OzManagement.

Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting
Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting

 

Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing
Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing

 

Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs
Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs

 

Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor
Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor

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Another Triumph For Art In Wollongong


It’s always a great pleasure singing the songs of the 1920s – 30s to the always appreciative audience in The Basement of The Builders Club, Wollongong.

And it’s also always a great joy to sing with swinging Grahame Conlon on guitar and doubling on banjo, and the spontaneous Dave Clayton on double bass.

Songs in English, German, Italian and Spanish included Tip Toe Through The Tulips, El Mansiero, Dove e Quando?, Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt and My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.

The Builders Club has jazz in The Basement every Sunday 2:30 – 5:30pm. Free!

We’ll be back at The Builders Club in August and November. We hope to see you there, too. And if you want Greg Poppleton at your place, Enquire Now

The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong
The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong

 

Greg Poppleton – 1920s-1930s singer with Dave Clayton on double bass at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 6 May

 

The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone
The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone

 

Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton
Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton

 

Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.
Dave Clayton feeling ‘I Got Rhythm’ on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.

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May Newsletter


Your Greg Poppleton newsletter for the Merrie Month of May invites you to come and be merry with us…

SUNDAY 6 MAY
This is always a fun show.
Builders Club (The Basement), 61 Church St, Wollongong. 2-30-5-30pm. Free. 18+ only. (Restaurant, cafe, bar upstairs and free car park)
– with Grahame Conlon (guitar/banjo) & Dave Clayton (double bass)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12 / 13 MAY
Meantime, as an actor (not band related), I’m busy rehearsing for four massive ‘Wizards’ Brunch and Dinner shows being held in the gothic Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall at Sydney University. TICKETS AND MORE INFO 

EVERY TUESDAY
There’s five live Phantom Dancer shows on 107.3 2SER radio for your listening pleasure this month. Every Tuesday, 12:04-2pm and any time online. See the 1 May play list below. LISTEN TO PAST SHOWS HERE

NEW VIDEO
‘Sweet Lorraine’, Greg Poppleton Sextet with SwingKatz dancers…

Wistful Sweet Lorraine with the Greg Poppleton Sextet


Sweet Lorraine is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Cliff Burwell with words by the lyricist of ‘Deep Purple’, Mitchell Parish. It was published in 1928. It was recorded most famously by Rudy Vallee in 1928 and Nat King Cole in 1940.

Here is a live 30 sec clip, with SwingKatz dancers, of Greg Poppleton singing the song with his Sextet.

Enjoy! And if you’re so inclined, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube and share. Thank you.

Greg Poppleton band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
SwingKatz website: www.sydneyswingkatz.com.au

Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop! Sydney Rowers 22 April


On Sunday, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, returned with his Jazz Deco music to Sydney Rowing Club. And we’ll be back at there, Sunday 5 August.

Enjoy these photos from the Greg Poppleton Sydney Rowers show. And join the band Mailing List at the end of this article for the free  monthly newsletter…

Greg Poppleton makes jazz deco op

SUNDAY JAZZ

By the beautiful Parramatta River…

Sunday jazz greg poppleton sydney rowing club 22 april

GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and band…

greg poppleton sydney 1920s 1930s jazz singer

ALL ABOUT SWING

Cody and Lexie from All About Swing strutted their stuff on the dance carpet.
Other couples joined in when we went Latin with songs like Amapola, El Mansiero, Tea for Two and South of the Border.

all about swing dancers cody and lexieCody and Lexie dancing to Greg Poppleton 1920s 1930s swing jazz band

IN THE GREG POPPLETON BAND: ALTO SAX

Damon Poppleton…

Damon Poppleton alto sax

WASHBOARD AND DRUMS

Adam Barnard…

Adam Barnard drums and washboard

DOUBLE BASS

Dave Clayton, who also joined Greg in a vocal duet on ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’.

Dave Clayton double bass

GUITAR AND BANJO

Grahame Conlon…

Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

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See you next time, Sunday 5 August, at Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford. 3 – 6pm. FREE!