1920s-30s Jazz at the Builders Club, Wollongong 25 June


I returned with my band, Greg Poppleton, to The Basement in the Master Builders’ Club, Wollongong, for a cosy afternoon of 1920s – 1930s swing and a few laughs.

It was good to see so many old friends of the band in the audience and nice to make some new acquaintances, too.

And it was also very nice to be invited by the Illawarra Jazz Club to play at one of their Corrimal Hotel jazz afternoons later in the year. I’ll keep you posted for time and date.

We’re back at The Builders Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2;30-5:30pm on Sunday 22 October.

We’re also playing:
30 June – Gin Mill Social. Tix
9 July – Sydney Rowers club, Abbotsford 2pm
16 July – Django Bar, Marrickville. Pre-book $17. $20 door. Tix
29 July – Gin Mill Social. Tix

In the band was:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton – double bass
Damon Poppleton – alto and soprano saxes

Visit the band website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

As always I took some blurry photos for you…

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.

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Swing Dancers and Children Dancing


Greg Poppleton sang with his 1920s-1930s trio at the unusual music venue, Central Station, every day of the June Long Weekend for the Transport Heritage Expo.

The band drew a big semi-circle of onlookers at a location people normally rush through to catch their train.

At one point in the second set, I spied a group of six dressed in fine vintage fashion, hesitating outside the semi circle of onlookers.

When I called out to them that they might want to dance to the next song, Somebody Loves Me, it turned out they were swing dancers!

So I took some snaps as they took to the terrazzo to swirl and twirl to the band’s swinging authentic 1920s – 1930s swing.

After the gig, my agent, Tony Jex, from OzManagement, texted me this nice message from a person who was in the audience,

“Greg, thanks for the dedication of Avalon today. By the way, On The Sunny Side of the Street is my funeral song and always gets me teary. Thanks again,” Craig and Baby Steven.

In the Greg Poppleton band:
Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer
Geoff Power – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard, snare, bells, blocks and choke cymbal.

And please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

A Jazz Singer From China


Greg Poppleton sang with his 1920s-1930s trio at the unusual music venue, Central Station, every day of the June Long Weekend for the Transport Heritage Expo.

The band drew a big audience on the station concourse.

In fact, we were the first jazz band to ever attract an audience at a Heritage Transport Expo.

Sousaphonist Cazzbo Johns joined the band for the Sunday session of 1920s – 1930s music

And I invited Cy Chen, a jazz singer from China, holidaying in Australia, to sing two songs – All of Me and Autumn Leaves. And the crowd loved her.

I took some snaps, plus I’ve found some snaps online of the gig for you to see.

In the Greg Poppleton band:
Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer
Cazzbo Johns – sousaphone
Grahame Conlon – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard, snare, bells, blocks and choke cymbal.

And please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

We play for weddings, corporate events and parties, too.

Action pix:

Please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

1920s at Transport Expo 10 -12 June. Video and Photos


Every June long weekend, Transport Heritage NSW holds the Transport Heritage Expo at Sydney Central train station.

Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 30s music played in the grand Edwardian concourse  to complement the display of vintage steam trains, rail motors, electric trains and old buses.

Here I am singing Tip Toe Through The Tulips

 

We attracted quite a crowd in the historic Sydney Central Concourse.

And we play every day at the Transport Heritage Expo, 10am – 2pm, Saturday 10 June, Sunday 11 June and Monday 12 June.

Here’s a gallery of pics…

Enquire about having Greg Poppleton at your event, wedding and party. Enquire now.

June Newsletter – Greg Poppleton


Heigh-Ho Everybody,

… as Rudy Vallee used to say on his 1930s radio show –

WE’VE BEEN TO THE REGISTRY OFFICE
and we’ve changed the band name and web address

Yes, we’ve taken the plunge.

Due to many requests, the band name Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters has been changed and shortened.

Now it’s a name we’re sure you’ll find easier to say, easier to write and easier to remember – Greg Poppleton.

The band website name has changed, too. It was bakelitejazz.com. Now it’s gregpoppletonmusic.com.

Check out the hot new video for you on the new website – ‘All About Swing’ dancing to Greg Poppleton playing The Charleston at Palmer & Co.

BREAKING NEWS

We’re back at Palmer & Co this Saturday night, 27 May, 8-Midnight. FREE.

If you’re in the city, drop by.

Palmer & Co is on Abercrombie Lane, downstairs, off George St and a five minute stroll from Wynyard Station.

This is what it looks like when we play there…

WEDDING BELLES

We’re playing the wedding reception of one of our good, long-time Facebook friends and fan of the band tonight.

And we’re sure looking forward to it.

The theme is Jazz Club – and we’ve played at plenty of those – Foundry616, Blue Note, Vanguard, Basement, Gin Mill Social, and jazz festivals.

I’ve assembled, as always, the best aggregation of classic 1920s jazz and 1930s swing musicians there is to be had in Sydney:

Paul Furniss – clarinet and alto sax
Geoff Power – cornet and sousaphone
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Lawrie Thompson – drums and washboard
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals

Round Pearl Wedding

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

 

MAY BEETLES AND JUNE BUGS

We’re playing lots of gigs in the city for your listening and dancing pleasure this month.

Put on your winter woolies, catch a stream train, catch Vivid, come Gin Mill Social, go see us at…

MAY 26, FRIDAY
Wedding – Jazz Club theme
(well, only if you’ve been invited, but I’ve added it so you know)

MAY 27, SATURDAY
8pm – Midnight
Palmer & Co, Downstairs, Abercrombie Lane, City
FREE

JUNE 9 FRIDAY
7 – 10pm
Singing with the Bridge City Jazz Band
Club Ashfield, Next to Ashfield Station
FREE

JUNE 10 SATURDAY
JUNE 11 SUNDAY
JUNE 12 MONDAY
10am – 2pm
Check their site:
Transport Heritage Expo
Platform 2, Central Station

JUNE 25 SUNDAY
2:30 – 5:30pm
The Basement
Builders Club,
61 Church Street, Wollongong
FREE

JUNE 30 FRIDAY – NEW VENUE
Gin Mill Social Pop-Up At Cello’s
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
169 Castlereagh St, City
TICKETS
READ ALL ABOUT SYDNEY’S #1 1920s NIGHT

WIRELESS TRANSMISSIONS

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!

TV
You may have seen me on an ad now running hot on TV for a couple of breakfast show people.

There are four ads in all.

I’ve cut them down to footage for you. They’re the second ad in this showreel of some of the 59 TV commercials I’ve featured in over the years. Enjoy!

In closing, as you know, we play for all types of events – weddings, corporate and house parties – especially those with a 1920s / 1930s theme.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for real 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing for your/their occasion, please contact the ever helpful Tony Jex for your obligation-free quotation.

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

All About Swing Dance The Charleston


 

Siobhan Ford who runs All About Swing very generously has sent me some film of the Greg Poppleton Band  at a 1920s night called ‘Swinging at the Speakeasy’ curated by Pia Andersen.

Siobhan and Karina are dancing to The Charleston.

In the band with Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, you’ll see Paul Furniss clarinet, Paul Baker banjo and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

All About Swing is a swing dance school. So if you’ve ever wanted to dance the way Siobhan and Katrina are in this clip, get in touch with them…

And when you need authentic 1920s and 1930s jazz swing style at your event, request a quote about Greg Poppleton. 1920s-30s duo to full 1920s orchestra is also available now…

Get Greg Poppleton’s album now, Doin’ The Charleston, in CD or mp3

Greg Poppleton ‘Swinging At The Speakeasy’ in Palmer & Co.


Wednesday night, 26 April, Greg Poppleton and band returned to Palmer & Co to play at the Wednesday night ‘Swinging At The Speakeasy‘ curated by Pia Andersen.

One couple at the bar, enjoying Greg Poppleton and band, told me that our energetic, swinging, 1920s performance made them think they were back in New York City.

With Greg Poppleton in the band were Paul Furniss clarinet, Paul Baker banjo and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

Pia has put together a fine collection of bands for this free Wednesday night event in the 1920s styled brick-lined vaults of this Sydney underground nightclub.

And what is absolutely fantastic is that the newest Sydney swing dance school, All About Swing, headed by Siobhan and Matthew, dress up for Swinging at the Speakeasy and dance to live bands. Free!

Yep, Swinging At The Speakeasy is free. It’s very Wednesday. Bands play from 7-10pm and it’s at Palmer & Co, Abercrombie Lane off George Street near Circular Quay.

Authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton with his 1920s-30s duo to full 1920s orchestra is also available for all your entertainment needs. Request a quote now…

Here are some photos from Greg Poppleton Swinging At The Speakeasy.
Photo credits: Pia, Siobhan, Tarsh and Katrina…

1920s jazz trio
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band (Paul Baker banjo, Greg Chilcott sousaphone, Paul Furniss clarinet (out of shot) Swinging At The Speakeasy.
swing dancers and audience
The vibe at Swinging At The Speakeasy as Greg Poppleton played.
dancers and 1920s Greg poppleton jazz band
Greg Poppleton 1920s band with the All About Swing dancers
swing dancers dip with Greg Poppleton swing jazz band
The dipsy doodle
singing to the swing dancer
Greg Poppleton singing to dancer Siobhan Ford

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