You’re Really Kickin’ – December Newsletter


What’s Happening?

Free Show Sydney Rowing Club 3 Dec
Free Xmas Show Fairfield Museum 9 Dec
Private Event 11 Dec
Radio Show 107.3 2SER 5,12,19, 26 Dec

“You’re Really Kickin’,” says Norma in New York. Listen…

We’re at Sydney Rowing Club!
3-6pm, 3 December

Greg PoppletonAustralia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer with over 1.1 Million YouTube views, and his swinging jazz band, are back at Sydney Rowing Club, 3pm 3 Dec, for their fun & energetic show. Don’t miss out! FREE!

Sydney Rowing Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford, 3-6pm, Sunday 3 December.

Restaurant, Bistro, bar, river views. Tons of free parking. Right on Abbotsford Ferry wharf and at the terminus for the 438 City-Abbotsford bus.

We’ll Sing You Jazzy Christmas Carols
Fairfield Museum
6-8pm, 9 December

What a lovely way to spend an early evening! Greg and the 1920s – 1930s band will be a-carolling and playing the songs of the 1920s-30s at Fairfield Museum’s annual evening of holiday festivities! And it’s FREE!

This is Greg’s third Christmas at Fairfield. It’s always a warm, family friendly, community-spirited get-together.

Bring your picnic rugs, snacks and festive outfits for this annual family event, held in the open under shady trees in the Museum’s ‘Old Sydney Town’ style central square.

There’ll be kids’ activities, stalls and performances by,
– Greg Poppleton (jazz and Xmas carols),
– Shae Mowen School of Dance,
– The Choir of Love,
– Spanish Speaking Community Choir
– Karen Children’s & Adult’s Choir
– William Stimson Public School, Wetherill Park

Address: Corner The Horsley Drive & Oxford Street, Smithfield.
(634 The Horsley Drive). Heaps of free street parking.

Private Event 11 December

It’s a thrill to be asked back this year to play for one of our favourite clients. We have had an association with this client for six years.

November saw Greg Poppleton play for a Wedding (see photo above), the Sydney Bus Museum ‘Deckers in the Night‘ event and the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert.

As an example of what we do, please read Greg’s article about the wedding, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s – 1930s charm to your event.
Book Greg for your event

Pot of Gold Radio Show

Did you know? Greg Poppleton is Australia’s longest running swing DJ. A 23rd radio station has just signed to pick up Greg Poppleton’s Phantom Dancer radio show each week – 89.1FM Cairns. Greg publishes his play lists, videos and expert articles on jazz and swing every week on his blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge.

Read Greg’s latest 3 Dec play list and expert Swing Era article about big band leader Horace Heidt, his Pot of Gold radio show, his link to Louis Farrakhan, his Trianon Ballroom and his Los Angeles School for Stammerers.

The Pick of November Band Photos

Sydney Town Hall


The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s…

See article »

Deckers in the Night


Greg Poppleton provided the hi-octane musical atmosphere with a selection of bouncy 1920s – 30s tunes. Entertaining, energetic and engaging, Greg and the band…

See article »


Contact Greg’s Management

Contact Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: info@ozmanagement.com

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Were You At Sydney Town Hall?


Community variety shows are such fun. The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom today. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s played by singer Greg Poppleton and his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians…

We filled the dance floor as you can see in this photoGreg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and jazz band, filled the dance floor


And lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, tooAnd lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, too

Greg Poppleton at the Sydney Town Hall Christmas Concert


Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard.Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard.

One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group.One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group.

I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, 'This Time The Dream's On Me'.I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, ‘This Time The Dream’s On Me’.

There was also Welcome to Country by Aunty Norma Ingram, Cultural Dance and song in a variety of Aboriginal Languages by Terry Olsen, Zumba Flash Mob,  Community Theatre with Kelly on piano (who I hadn’t seen since last century), Thor the Magician, the St Mary’s Cathedral Boys Choir and a wonderful MC.

Sydney's popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table.Sydney’s popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table.


Geoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton bandGeoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton band

The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show.The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show.

Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band.Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. Operatically trained, entertaining and energetic, Greg puts on a show full of verve and exceptional musicianship by the world-toured band.

We play for festivals, clubs, bars and all private occasions.

Visit: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

MC For The Centenary Of Recorded Jazz Ball


2017 is the official Centenary of Recorded Jazz. The first jazz record was recorded and released in 1917 (though there is a contender from 1916 called “That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland”.)

Jazz promoter Robert Scheltema de Heere re-booked me to MC his 100 years of jazz on record concert. I had MC’d his Jazz Band Ball last year.

I also sang the 1920s classic, ‘Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home’, with Geoff Power’s Classic Jazz Band.

The concert was held in the majestic Art Deco Petersham Town Hall in Sydney. Petersham Town Hall was built in 1937-38  in the Inter-War Stripped Classical Style. Similar buildings in the style include Finland's parliament house. The concert was held in the majestic Art Deco Petersham Town Hall in Sydney.
Petersham Town Hall was built in 1937-38  in the Inter-War Stripped Classical Style. Similar buildings in the style include the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.

Petersham Town Hall's largely intact Art Deco interiors has made it a popular filming location for film and television. Scenes for Baz Luhrmann's breakout film, Strictly Ballroom, were shot here in 1992Petersham Town Hall’s largely intact Art Deco interiors has made it a popular film and movie location. Scenes for Baz Luhrmann’s breakout film, Strictly Ballroom, were shot here in 1992.

Here I'm posing in the foyer with the 'All About Swing' swing dance troupe. I'm standing next to one of the school's principals, Siobhan FordHere I’m posing in the foyer with the ‘All About Swing’ swing dance troupe. I’m standing next to one of the school’s principals, Siobhan Ford (in dark blue).

 

Backstage with All About Swing (Greg Poppleton L and Matt Adami R)Backstage with All About Swing as they warm-up. (Greg Poppleton L and co-principal, Matt Adami R)

The night opened with Geoff Power's Classic Jazz Band. For the last number of their set I sang 'Cake Walking Babies From Home' as All About Swing swirled and glided across the large dance floor.The night opened with Geoff Power’s Classic Jazz Band. For the last number of their set I sang ‘Cake Walking Babies From Home’ before introducing Paul Furniss’ Licorice All-Sorts.

Waiting backstage to announce the duelling pianos of international stars Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt.A photo of the stage I took while waiting in the wings, ready to introduce the duelling jazz pianos of international stars Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt.

CONTACT

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. Greg and his band play for festivals, clubs and bars as well as all private functions.

To find out more, please visit Greg’s website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

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
16 July – Django Bar, Marrickville. Pre-book $17. $20 door. Tix
29 July – Gin Mill Social. Tix
30 July – Sydney Rowers club, Abbotsford 3pm

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.

Book Greg Poppleton for your event or occasion: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

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.