Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer and band, played the Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Saturday 3 February.
It’s the sixth year in a row Greg Poppleton has played the Great Art Deco Ball . Each year the Ball gets bigger and brighter.
And it sells out earlier each year, too, without online sales or advertising.
The 2018 Ball sold out in November 2017!
Many of our dancing friends from previous years were at the Great Art Deco Ball this year!
What’s Happening in Feb-Mar? Greg Poppleton at Great Art Deco Ball – SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 Feb Builders Club: – Wollongong 4 Feb Penrith RSL: – 10 Mar Jazz at the Pines: – Dural 18 Mar
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Great Art Deco Ball!
Greg Poppleton and band play their fifth Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba.
This is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival.
Since Greg Poppleton has been the band at the ball, the event sells out earlier and earlier.
Again this year, the $149 tickets (including 3 course meal) were sold out soon after they went on sale (by phoning hotel reception only.)
Here are my two favourite photos from the 2016 and 2017 Balls. Photo credits, ‘Mountain Life’…
Sunday 4 February, Builders’ Club
61 Church St, Wollongong
Age 18+ only. FREE.
Greg Poppleton: 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton: double bass
(Damon won’t be playing sax because the venue is now 18+)
“The jazz crowd, they all got excited.
Mr. Poppleton was back in town.
He brought with him first class musicians,
including his son who came down.
This lad of just fourteen was brilliant
and the spitting image of Dad.
The talent will stay in the family.
And I know you’ll agree that’s not bad.
The way that Greg moves round the audience
and picks out whoever he will,
and sings to them through his own megaphone;
you see the crowds get a thrill.
He sings songs from back in the twenties,
and he dresses in clothes from back then.
The consummate entertainer,
we could have him back time and again.
At a TV audition this week
I had my portrait sketched by a young artist
Phantom Dancer Radio Show
I’ve been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney every week since December 1985. It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. And it’s now heard on 23 radio stations around Australia.
Hear The Phantom Dancer:
Sydney 107.3 2SER Tuesday 12:04 – 2pm
Canberra 92.7 ArtsoundFM Sunday 7 – 7:56pm
You can hear each weekly show online at the radio station 2SER website. And as always, the last hour of The Phantom Dancer is all vinyl.
Here’s this week’s play list…
Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio Community Radio Network Show CRN #301
107.3 2SER Tuesday 30 January 2018 After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program: ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm and early morning on 23 other stations.
Glenn Miller and his Legacy
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Little Brown Jug
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge Hotel Pennsylvania WJZ NBC Blue NY 23 Nov 1940
Troop Movement + Moonlight Serenade (theme)
Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 11 Sep 1946
Caribbean Clipper + Close
Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Guest Star’ Radio Transcription New York City 30 Jun 1957
Modern Jazz Radio 1959-60
Connie Mack Park WCAU CBS Philadelphia 3 Mar 1960
‘Treasury of Song’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 25 Aug 1959
Rudolfo Alchourron (g)
’Esta es Jazz’ LR1 Radio el Mundo Buenos Aires Argentina 28 May 1960
Piano Led Dance Bands
Theme + Amor
Joe Reichman Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Biltmore Bowl Biltmore Hotel AFRS Re-broadcast Jul 1944
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + Let’s Do It Again
Frankie Carle Orchestra (voc) Band
’Your Saturday Dance Date’ Marine Ballroom Edgewater Beach Hotel WMAQ NBC Chicago 12 Aug 1950
The Doll Dance
Vincent Lopez Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Grill Room Room Taft Hotel NYC AFRTS Re-broadcast 1959
The Outskirts of Trad on Radio
It’s Alright with Me + Hava Nagala
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House WBBM CBS Chicago 30 Mar 1962
Johnny Mercer (voc) Mary Lou Williams (piano) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)
’Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’ WPIX TV NY 1948
Jumping 1944 Radio
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
Aircheck Apollo Theatre NYC 7 Jun 1944
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck Terrace Room NJ 17 Feb 1945
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NY 14 Apr 1944
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’ Newport RI Blue Network 2 Oct 1944
I’ve Got Five Dollars (Theme) + Copenhagen
Friendly Five Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Program’ Radio Transcription New York City 1932
You Could Have Been The One, Baby
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1932
Take It From Me
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) The Three Ambassadors
Cocoanut Grove Radio Transcription Los Angeles 1931
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Peacock Court Hotel Mark Hopkins KGO NBC San Francisco 1932
Trumpeter Charlie Spivak on Radio
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Radio Transcription New York City 1941
You Turned The Tables On Me
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 7 Apr 1948
But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day and Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom KNX CBS LA 7 Apr 1948
Half Past Jumpin’ Time
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
’One Night Stand’ Century Room Commodore Hotel NYC AFRS Re-broadcast 25 Feb 1945
Post Swing Alto Sax
Let The Good Times Roll
Louis Jordan (as) Tympani 5
Aircheck Empire Hotel Los Angeles Apr 1949
St Louis Blues
Dave Brubeck Quartet (as) Paul Desmond
’Timex Jazz Show’ WRCA TV NYC 30 Dec 1957
These Foolish Things
Lee Konitz (as)
Storyville Copley Square Hotel WHDH Boston 5 Jan 1954
2017 was Greg Poppleton’s sixth year in a row at the premier event of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival.
Tickets were sold out almost as soon as they went on sale (by telephone call to the hotel reception only) in mid-2016.
Every guest was dressed to the nines in their best 1920s finery. In fact, everyone absolutely dazzled.
The winners of the best dressed were positively outstanding.
The Charleston-off in the middle of the night gave the full dance floor a solid workout.
I took some photos of the band and a couple of shots of the dancing crowd from the bandstand. I hope you enjoy them…
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. In his Bakelite Broadcasters band are world-touring musicians Geoff Power on cornet doubling sousaphone (11 US tours) Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo (3 US tours) and Jim Elliot bass and alto saxophones plus clarinet (9 US tours).
We saw lots of old friends on the bandstand and made lots of new friends at the Great Art Deco Ball, too.
Many commented on the excellent acoustic sound of the band this year. That was all due to the magician of the sound desk, drummer, singer and Conservatorium of Music graduate, Tony Jex.
What a fun Roaring ’20s night it was playing for Jenny. She was celebrating with her family and friends in a big, warm 1920s Great Gatsby themed party in the small ballroom of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. And the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 4-piece provided the authentic 1920s music.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is Sydney and the Blue Mountains number 1 Great Gatsby Band, with Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer, world-touring swing jazz musicians and over 700,000 YouTube views.
Of course I took some pictures of this 1920s-themed night for you.
Each year the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, puts on the Great Art Deco Ball, which is the big, extremely popular social event of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival. It sells out early and gets bigger every year.
Saturday 6 Feb 2016 is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival – The Carrington Hotel’s Great Art Deco Ball.
And 2016 is the fourth year in a row that Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters have been invited to play for dancers at the Ball – making the Ball so popular you can only get tickets by phoning hotel reception 02 4782 1111.
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. The Bakelite Broadcasters are all world-touring vintage jazz specialists. We create the real 1920s atmosphere and real 1920s music you can dance to.
The proof is that every year the Ball gets bigger audiences, through word-of-mouth, and every year Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters always fill the dance floor.
That’s why we’re always invited back to play for the Great Art Deco Ball.
The Carrington Hotel has a long and rich history since her establishment by Sydney hotelier Harry Rowell more than one hundred and thirty years ago.
Opened in 1883 as The Great Western, this Grand Old Lady soon became a popular mountain retreat for international visitors, the elite of Sydney, and those eager to see the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains.
Renamed ‘The Carrington’ in 1886, in honour of the then Governor of New South Wales, Lord Carrington, the hotel was extended by its new owner, Mr F C Goyder who is credited with the creation of The Grand Dining Room. With its extended and upgraded facilities, The Carrington gained even more acceptance as a world class establishment.
Have you got your ticket to the 2016 Great Art Deco Ball, yet? Includes 3 course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp Tickets now through reception on (02) 4782 1111
Here are some photos from over the years.
In 2013, the Great Art Deco Ball combined with Blue Mountains Tourism to book the big 11-piece 1920s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters orchestra, also known as The Lounge Bar Lotharios…
Then in 2014, Greg Poppleton was asked to return with the compact Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters featuring Australian jazz festival headliners Paul Furniss on reeds, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Chuck Morgan guitar, banjo and ukelele and Lawrie Thompson on drums. David Hill took the photos…
The 2016 Great Art Deco Ball is now going to be even bigger!
With the same Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters as in 2015 for your 1920s listening and dancing pleasure: Greg Poppleton Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Chuck Morgan guitar, banjo and uke, Jim Elliot clarinet, alto sax and bass sax.
Do you have your tickets, yet? They’re selling fast!
Great Art Deco Ball, 7pm 6 February 2016, Carrington Hotel Katoomba. Includes 3 course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp Tickets now through reception on (02) 4782 1111