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February Newsletter

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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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Greg Poppleton makes 1920s-1930s POP!

Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band is available for all events.
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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
2:30-5:30. Free
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+)

What’s it like?

THE POPPLETON EFFECT  © Kerrie Foster, Illawarra Breakfast Poets.

“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.

Set 1
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
Set 2
Modern Jazz Radio 1959-60
Rhythm-a-Ning
Thelonius Monk
Connie Mack Park WCAU CBS Philadelphia 3 Mar 1960
So What
Miles Davis
‘Treasury of Song’ Birdland WNBC NBC NY 25 Aug 1959
Flamingo
Rudolfo Alchourron (g)
’Esta es Jazz’ LR1 Radio el Mundo Buenos Aires Argentina 28 May 1960
Set 3
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
Set 4
The Outskirts of Trad on Radio
It’s Alright with Me + Hava Nagala
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House WBBM CBS Chicago 30 Mar 1962
Slow Blues
Johnny Mercer (voc) Mary Lou Williams (piano) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet)
’Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’ WPIX TV NY 1948
Set 5
Jumping 1944 Radio
Paradise Valley
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
Aircheck Apollo Theatre NYC 7 Jun 1944
Elk’s Parade
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck Terrace Room NJ 17 Feb 1945
Bangs
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room Hotel Lincoln WABC CBS NY 14 Apr 1944
Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’ Newport RI Blue Network 2 Oct 1944
Set 6
1931-32 Radio
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
Egyptian Shimmy
Anson Weeks Orchestra
Peacock Court Hotel Mark Hopkins KGO NBC San Francisco 1932
Set 7
Trumpeter Charlie Spivak on Radio
Charlie Horse
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
Set 8
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
CONTACT
Management, Tony Jex, OzManagement
0407 941 263
info@ozmanagement.com
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We Met Micro-Nation Royalty – The Prince of Wy!


The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s trio has never for a moment ever dreamt we’d one day meet royalty!

To set the scene, we were playing outside a church converted into an art gallery/community centre. The event was a Christmas party for local artists and volunteers…

It was something of a windy summer afternoon, as you might tell from my windswept locks. Jim Elliott on the bass saxophone had to keep a tight hold on his woodwind so it wouldn’t go crashing to the ground.

Chuck Morgan played guitar to make up the Greg Poppleton vocals, guitar, bass 1920s trio.

We played in the shadow of the church, now Art Gallery, spire.

What were those poles in the background of the band photos? Here’s a better view, and their story…

The 24 poles were created by artist Warren Keen for the Bungaree’s Farm exhibition (2012). The poles are carved with dendroglyphs of Aboriginal design as used in NSW to signify burial and initiation sites. More info here.

Now to royalty.

One of the artists who came up to say hello to me and the band said my blue, striped, double-breasted suit reminded him of Duke Ellington.

That’s not quite the royalty bit.

The artist had painted Duke Ellington’s portrait, while Duke Ellington was touring Australia with his Orchestra in 1970. Duke Ellington tour news clippings.

That artist’s name is Paul Delprat.

Paul Delprat, pictured above in a snap I took (with his permission) while we were talking, is principal of the Julian Ashton School of Art – Australia’s oldest continuous art school. Paul is a distinguished painter and illustrator. His art hangs in the National Gallery of Australia and in collections around the world. He has also founded scholarships at the Julian Ashton School of Art.

Paul comes from a long line of famous and distinguished Australian artists, including Howard Ashton, Julian Howard Ashton and Julian Ashton CBE.

One of his great grandfathers, Guillaume Daniel Delprat CBE, was a developer of the froth flotation process for separating minerals (something I’m personally familiar with, separating and concentrating copper, zinc and lead ores as a young engineer at Cobar Mines in 1980).

And he’s THE PRINCE OF WY.

Paul leads a micro-nation. His ‘The Principality of Wy‘ seceeded from Australia due to a council dispute that Paul has now creatively turned long-term art project.

We’d met Royalty!!!

For a royal time at your soiree, BOOK GREG POPPLETON, authentic 1920s-1930s singer and band, now.

Latest Greg Poppleton Live Music Clip – Tea For Two


Hi, here’s the latest live Greg Poppleton clip. It’s Tea for Two, written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar for the 1925 musical No, No, Nannette.

An audience member filmed this on their smartphone at the latest Greg Poppleton show at Sydney Rowers.

The band and I hope you will enjoy the Tea for Two Cha-Cha and give it a thumb up on YouTube!

I also took some photos for you below.

Only the first minute of the video was useable. As people came up to dance, the band was obscured from the camera’s view. And their was camera shake and blur.

We’ll be back at Sydney Rowing Club on the beautiful Parramatta River on Easter Sunday 1 April.

Check out where we’ll be next on the band website gregpoppletonmusic.com
Drum kit, Parramatta River, Greg Poppleton band, 1920s - 30s swing and jazz at Sydney Rowing ClubLooking through the drum kit at the Parramatta River below from the Greg Poppleton bandstand at Sydney Rowing Club.

Dancers, dancing, Greg Poppleton, Sydney 1920s-1930s jazz singerDancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-1930s songs

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz band quartetThe Greg Poppleton band in silhouette.

1920s-30s swing musicians Greg Poppleton bandGreg Poppleton band. (L-r) Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Stan Valacos double bass, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Damon Poppleton alto sax and clarinet.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and megaphoneGreg Poppleton singing through his 1920s megaphone.

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Contact. We play for festivals, clubs, weddings and parties.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

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

19 August Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz Photos


Thank you to all of you who came to Penrith RSL for jazz this Saturday and made the afternoon so much fun.

The jazz audience at Penrith RSL make the whole afternoon a great social occasion, so the band and I always look forward to playing in the city by the Nepean.

In fact, we’ll be back at Penrith RSL for Armistice Day, 11 November, 2 – 5pm.

With me in the band today as I sang the songs of the 1920s and 1930s, we had, by special request, the great honour of being joined by bass brass virtuoso, Cazzbo Johns, formerly of the Australian Opera.

Bob Gillespie, musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for Maynard Fergusson’s English Band was on the kit.

Guitarist for Ricky May, Grahame Conlon, swung on his Spanish guitar and banjo.

Damon Poppleton, aged 14, jammed on alto and tenor saxes. And Flynn Poppleton, age 10, sat in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

As always, I’ve taken some happy snaps for you below. See you at Penrith, 11 November!

Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.
Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.

 

Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

 

Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.
Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.

Please visit the band website: 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

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