July Newsletter


My Dear Readers,

‘SWING NIGHT WITH GREG POPPLETON’ @ DJANGO BAR
TICKETS

Come down for a night of Swing Music and Dance as Greg Poppleton and swing dancers transport you to a 1920s-30s dance hall.

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 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

With me for Swing Night I’ve put together a swinging trio for you,
– ARIA nominee Geoff Power on sousaphone and trumpet,
– Ricky May alumnus Grahame Conlon grooving guitar and banjo,
– High school alto sax up-and-comer Damon Poppleton
– PLUS ‘All About Swing’ dance school

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

TICKETS

Siobhan Ford and partner from All About Swing will be dancing to Greg Poppleton at ‘Swing Night with Greg Poppleton @Django Bar’. TIX

WHEN THE BOAT COMES IN

We’re back at SYDNEY ROWING CLUB 3pm, Sunday 30 July.

Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Damon Poppleton – alto sax
Alex Inman-Hislop – drums

GIN MILL SOCIAL TONIGHT AND SATURDAY 29 JULY

Tonight we’re playing the very first 1920s Gin Mill Social at Cellos, the beautiful art deco room on Level 4, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

A lavish 1920’s dinner party with live music,
swing dancing, pop up performances and an extravagant menu!

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

Party like it’s 1929 at the Gin Mill Social… a night where you will feast, dance and play.

Sydney loves a pop-up, and the glamorous speakeasy event will take over the top floor of the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel at Cellos Grand Dining Room, a heritage-listed jewel that has been beautifully restored to its Art Deco glory. This will be your playground for the evening.

Enjoy a 4 course menu with food inspired by hotel banquets of the era. Music is loud and lively, and pop-up performances punctuate the night, starting with the authentic twenties jazz sounds of the Greg Poppleton Trio followed by a second band.

More than a dinner party, this is the perfect way to give Gatsby a run for his money!

“It’s like gold-class on steroids” – weekendnotes

Dress code: guys in ties, girls in pearls.

Join us…..
Feast, dance and play!

FRIDAY 30 JUNE AND SATURDAY 29 JULY – NEW VENUE
Gin Mill Social Pop-Up At Cello’s
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
169 Castlereagh St, City
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PHANTOM DANCER

Every week I bring you a non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio and TV on The Phantom Dancer.

Produced at 107.3 2SER Sydney, where it’s heard Tuesdays after the 12 noon news, The Phantom Dancer is heard around Australia on 22 radio stations and online.

Yes, NOW you can hear the show ONLINE at 2ser.com

Listen while you surf the net!

Here’s the play list for the first show in July…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #269

107.3 2SER Tuesday 4 July 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Spike Jones 1949 Spotlight Review
Ghost Riders In the Sky
Spike Jones and his City Slickers (voc)
’Corn’s A’Poppin’’ AFRS Re-broadcast 21 May 1949
By The Sea
Spike Jones and his City Slickers (voc) Trio
’Corn’s A’Poppin’’ AFRS Re-broadcast 30 Jan 1949
Carolina Moon + When Yuba Played The Rhumba On The Tuba (theme)
Spike Jones and his City Slickers (voc) Professor Beetlebaum
’Corn’s A’Poppin’’ AFRS Re-broadcast 27 Feb 1949
Set 2
Louis Jordan Jive on 1940s Radio
Caldonia (theme) + You Was Right, Baby
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
Cafe Zanzibar WOR Mutual NY 15 Oct 1945
Nagasaki + One O’Clock Jump
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
’Jubilee’ AFRS Re-broadcast 1943
Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule + Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
’Here Comes Mr Jordan – Pilot Show’ Radio Transcription 1946
Set 3
Sinatra on 1943 – 44 Radio
Theme + With A Song In My Heart
Frank Sinatra
’Treasury Star Parade’ Radio Transcription New York 1944
Where or When
Frank Sinatra
’Vimms Vitamins Show’ CBS Van Nuys CA 7 Jun 1944
That ‘Ol Black Magic + Put Your Dreams Away (theme)
Frank Sinatra
’Songs By Sinatra’ WABC CBS NY 31 Dec 1943
Set 4
Stan Kenton 1941-44 Radio Transcriptions
Artistry in Rhythm + Two Guitars
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription Los Angeles 20 Sep 1941
Tabby The Cat
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Anita O’Day
Radio Transcription Los Angeles Dec 1944
Blues in F Minor
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Radio Transcription Los Angeles 20 Sep 1941
Set 5
Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concerts
Singing’ The Blues
Eddie Condon Group featuring Bobby Hackett tp
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ WJZ Blue NY 16 Sep 1944
St Louis Blues
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ WJZ Blue NY 16 Sep 1944
Wolverine Blues
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ WJZ Blue NY 15 Jul 1944
Heebie Jeebies + Impromptu Ensemble
Eddie Condon Group
’Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’ WJZ Blue NY 9 Sep 1944
Set 6
Early Jazz and Dance on the Radio
Ja, ja die Frau’n Sind mine schwache Seite
Jack Hylton Orchestra (voc) Austin Egen
Comm Rec Berlin 26 Jan 1928
Nobody’s Sweetheart
Mills Hotsy Totsy Gang
’Brunswick Brevities’ Radio Transcription New York City Oct 1929
That’s A Plenty
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies
’Brunswick Brevities’ Radio Transcription New York City 27 Aug 1929
I’m Through With Love
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
’Cocoanut Grove’ Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1931
Set 7
Bob Crosby on the Camel Caravan Show 1939
Skaters’ Waltz (In Swingtime)
Bob Crosby Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 11 Jul 1939
Get On Board And Ride
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Johnny Mercer
’Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 27 Jun 1939
Diga Diga Doo
Bob Crosby Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 18 Jul 1939
Little Rock Getaway
Bob Crosby Orchestra (piano) Joe Sullivan
’Camel Caravan’ WABC CBS NY 4 Jul 1939
Set 8
Sweet Bands From 1939
Way Back In 1939 AD
Glen Gary and his Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra
Radio Transcription New York City 1939
Garden of the Moon
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription New York City 1939
Lady Be Good
Barney Rapp and his New Englanders
NBC Cincinnati OH 17 Jun 1939
It’s A Wonderful World
Jan Garber Orchestra
Radio Transcription Chicago 1939
As you know, we play for all types of events, especially those with a 1920s / 1930s theme.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for real 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing for their wedding, corporate function or party, please contact the ever helpful Tony Jex to see what we can do for you and to get your obligation-free quotation.

Tony: 02 9567 7171   |   0407 941 263   |  tony@ozmanagement.com

 

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.

Please visit the Band website

17 February Gin Mill Social Photos with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 1920s singer and band, opened another Gin Mill Social 1920s party at Slide Cabaret 17 February.

It’s the 1920s at the Gin Mill Social! Inside an old closed down bank lies the hottest spot on Oxford Street, Number 41.

It’s prohibition time, an era of secrecy and excess and you have the secret password. Hang out the front of the old bank when you arrive, but look busy, we don’t want those cops spotting you.

The party begins at 7pm sharp. – Food is served banquet style, arriving on platters made for sharing. Eat as much or as little as you like.

The dress code is simple – Girls in pearls. Guys in ties.

The Gin Mill Social is perfect for a birthday, anniversary dinner, meet with the in-laws, hang with the outlaws, or simply to reconnect with old friends. Candles are lit. Lights are low. Conversations are loud. It’s a lively atmosphere.

Join us… Feast, dance and play! Next show Friday 24 March. TICKETS

Have Greg Poppleton’s authentic 1920s jazz and swing at your soiree anywhere in the world. CONTACT

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Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, with his Bakelite Broadcasters opens the Gin Mill Social with real 1920s hotcha.
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Dancing at the Gin Mill Social
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Desert
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Missy the Fan Dancer
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Finhead juggling fire
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MC Lou P Lou
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Watching the show from the mezzanine
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Paul Baker, banjo with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
tap-dancers
Tap dancers!
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Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, with his Bakelite Broadcasters opens the Gin Mill Social with real 1920s hotcha.

Have Greg Poppleton’s authentic 1920s jazz and swing at your soiree anywhere in the world. CONTACT

20 January Gin Mill Social Photos. Next Gin Mill Friday 17 February.


2017 is Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcaster‘s fourth year at Sydney’s premier monthly 1920s party, The Gin Mill Social.

And as always we opened the show as guests arrived and dined with authentic hotcha 1920s, Charleston and New Orleans Jazz till 8pm.

Here are some photos of all the fun at the 20th January Gin Mill Social.

Don’t miss out…
THE NEXT GIN MILL SOCIAL is FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY – 6:45-11pm

Hurry. There are still some TICKETS

The Gin Mill Social is held in the beautiful, art deco Slide Cabaret, 41 Oxford St, Surry Hills (between Pelican St and Brisbane St)
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

These photos from the 20 January Gin Mill Social will show you all the fun and atmosphere of The Gin Mill Social

Your authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, leading The Bakelite Broadcasters
Your authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, leading The Bakelite Broadcasters

 

Geoff Power from the Bakelite Broadcasters on the hot cornet.
Geoff Power from the Bakelite Broadcasters on the hot cornet.

 

Bradley Newman, Bakelite Broadcasters maestro of the ol'88
Bradley Newman, Bakelite Broadcasters maestro of the ol’88

 

The effervescent Ms Lou P. Lou, your genial Gin Mill Social MC
The effervescent Ms Lou P. Lou, your genial Gin Mill Social MC

 

Dancing The Charleston
Dancing The Charleston

 

Tap-dancing. How 1920s is that!!!
Tap-dancing. How 1920s is that!!!

 

Finhead the fire eater
Finhead the fire eater

 

The Lady with the Fan
The Lady with the Fan

 

1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, playing coy behind the microphone singing 'Makin Whoopee'
1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, playing coy behind the microphone singing ‘Makin Whoopee’

 

Enjoying the Gin Mill Social show
Enjoying the Gin Mill Social show

 

Finhead the scimitar juggler
Finhead the scimitar juggler

 

Macaroons!
Macaroons!

 

Geoff Power in the Bakelite Broadcasters on the mighty sousaphone!!
Geoff Power in the Bakelite Broadcasters on the mighty sousaphone!!

 

1920s cocktails
1920s cocktails

 

THE NEXT GIN MILL SOCIAL is FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY – 6:45-11pm

Hurry. There are still some TICKETS

And please visit the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters website

New Vogue Dance


The New Vogue dance style is an Australian form of sequence dancing that originated in the 1930s. Since then it has become an important part in the Australian ballroom scene.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played for a New Vogue dance earlier this year.

It’s a challenging gig for a band and requires expert knowledge of dance sequences and tempos. And if a dance is played out of sequence or at the wrong tempo then all musicians who have played these dances know that there is hell to pay.

Fortunately, a New Vogue expert was on-hand to advise the tempi and the number of 16 / 32 bar patterns the band needed to play.

My father and an uncle both taught New Vogue dancing at Keating’s Dance Hall above Newtown Railway Station in Sydney in the late 1930s.

Keating's Dance hall, Newtown, Sydney 1933
Keating’s Dance hall, Newtown, Sydney 1933

 

Anyway, here are some more recent photos…

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Calling the Mayfair Quickstep – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

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Dancing the Mayfair Quickstep to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

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Dancing the Lillian Waltz to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

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Ballroom dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

A happy New Vogue couple as Greg Poppleton sings the waltz, Always.
A happy New Vogue couple as Greg Poppleton sings the waltz, Always.

 

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters website and contact.