Catching Up On Vintage Style Reading Glory Days


Relaxing at home, catching up on Jimmy Vargas’ interview about 1920s – 1930s band Greg Poppleton┬áin the latest issue of Glory Days Magazine #10. Do you have your copy? http://www.glorydaysmagazine.com/

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s - 1930s singer, kicks back between shows reading Glory Days
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, kicks back between shows reading Glory Days

Fathers’ Day At Concrete Blonde


Hello Bakeliters,

A quick piece of band news

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters played today for diners and dancers at Fathers’ Day lunch in the beautiful Concrete Blonde Restaurant, Level 1, 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Here’s a pic I’ve copied from Warren Fahey’s Facebook page. Warren wrote, “GREG POPPLETON’S BAKELITE BROADCASTERS return with another serving of songs from the Roaring Twenties and Nervous Thirties. Greg sings & dances like he just stepped out of a Hollywood film and is accompanied by drums, tenor banjo, bass and a huge sousaphone. One of our favourite performers to date. Do not miss this unique artist”

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde, Fathers' Day 2012
Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde, Fathers’ Day 2012.
Rod Herbert, sousaphone & bass trombone; Grahame Conlon, tenor banjo; Greg Poppleton, vocals; Bob Gillespie, drums

This is our second visit to Concrete Blonde. Every Sunday is Sunday Jazz Lunch from 1 – 4pm. George Washingmachine, Janet Seidel, Jeff Duff and more play for your listening and dancing pleasure on Sundays

And Concrete Blonde showcases French Manouche Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco Rhythms and Latin Beats from 7pm every Wednesday night

But the food! Today I had fried cauliflower with blue cheese and hazelnut vinaigrette. I chose it because cauliflower makes me gag. Not today! Yum, yum. Not a spot left on the plate. Other band members had the chicken, beef cheeks and lamb. They were all melt-in-your-mouth. In fact, the lamb was so melt-in-your-mouth tender it could be pulled away with a gentle prod of the fork. Perfect!

And Concrete Blonde is not expensive either considering the 5 star quality of the food, the friendly service, and the inviting ambience of the room and terrace. Three courses for Sunday Lunch is only $48pp. Spoil yourself. You couldn’t do better than book Concrete Blonde for your company or social club’s Christmas Party. Their booking number is (61 2) 9380 8307. Website: http://www.concreteblonderestaurant.com.au/

Sunday Roast at Sunday Jazz Lunch, Concrete Blonde
Sunday Roast at Sunday Jazz Lunch, Concrete Blonde

Photos Of Greg Poppleton & His Bakelite Broadcasters At The Blue Beat Jazz Club


Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters sang and played the music of the 1920s and 1930s at the Blue Beat Double Bay in February

Greg Poppleton now also leads the 11-piece authentic 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, with musical director Geoff Power & Sydney’s Top Ten Sydney vintage jazz musicians

We were invited to share a double bill with celebrated 1940s noir singer, Jimmy Vargas and his muse, Liliana Scarlatta, with their Black Dahlias Band. The Vargas show is a must-see where ever you can catch it. Jimmy and Liliana have a rare connection on stage. They are two distinct performers who spontaneously improvise through song, gesture and dance as if they share the one mind. It’s quite astonishing. Go see for yourself. Check out the Jimmy Vargas website

Greg Poppleton is Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s dance band singer. With him in the Broadcasters at the Blue Beat were Al Davey, trumpet and trombone; ARIA award-winning pianist, Tony Esterman; world top ten jazz double bassist, Darcy Wright; and internationally touring swing jazz drummer, Lawrie Thompson

Here are some pics of the night. The colour ones are stills from film I took. The black and white snaps are by photographer, Michael Kery. Enjoy!

Greg Poppleton singing with his Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat
Greg Poppleton singing with his Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat
Greg Poppleton with 1920s Megaphone. Photo by Michael Very
Greg Poppleton with 1920s Megaphone. Photo by Michael Very
Al Davey, trumpet, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Al Davey, trumpet, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat
Darcy Wright, double bass, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Darcy Wright, double bass, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat
Tony Esterman, piano with Darcy Wright, double bass and Lawrie Thompson, drums, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Tony Esterman, piano with Darcy Wright, double bass and Lawrie Thompson, drums, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Lawrie Thompson, drums, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Lawrie Thompson, drums, with the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery

Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters at the Blue Beat. Photo by Michael Kery
Greg Poppleton, Sydney's only 1920s & 1930s Singer at the Blue Beat Jazz Club, Double Bay
Greg Poppleton, Sydney's only 1920s & 1930s Singer at the Blue Beat Jazz Club, Double Bay

Book Greg Poppleton & his duo, trio to 6-piece Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s – 1930s theme wedding, corporate function and Great Gatsby Party. Visit the Band’s Official Website www.bakelitejazz.com to make your booking, or just to hear our music. Happy Listening!

Kate and Andrew’s Glamorous 1920s-30s Style Wedding


At Greg Poppleton – we get to play for all the best people. Every wedding we play at is warm and wonderful. Kate and Andrew’s 1930s themed wedding at Lillianfels was no exception. What a joy! Kate wrote…

“You were fantastic!!!! Before we entered the room we could hear you from outside. I said to my new husband “listen to them, our wedding is awesome!!!!” You made the party! Thank you so much for coming”

Thank you, Kate and Andrew. Below are some happy snaps of the band taken at Kate and Andrew’s wedding. Please visit our website. We look forward to adding glamorous vintage sparkle to your wedding, too!

Greg Poppleton, Sydney's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer in dinner suit. Kate & Andrew's wedding theme was 1930s
Greg Poppleton, Sydney's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer in dinner suit. Kate & Andrew's wedding theme was 1920s
Greg Poppleton at Kate and Andrew's Wedding
Greg Poppleton at Kate and Andrew's Wedding
Greg Poppleton singing with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Kate & Andrew's Wedding, Lillianfels
Greg Poppleton singing with his Jazz Deco Band at Kate and Andrew's Wedding, Lillianfels
Monique Lysiak on piano. You may know her from the all women Sirens Big Band
Monique Lysiak on piano. You may know her from the all women Sirens Big Band
Al Davey, trumpet. Like Monique he plays in lots of bands
Al Davey, trumpet.
Mark Harris on double bass. Where have you seen Mark before? Lah-Lah's, Monsieur Camenbert and top name bands like Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters - because he, too, is very, very good
Mark Harris on double bass. Where have you seen Mark before? Lah-Lahs, Monsieur Camembert and Greg Poppleton
Laurie Bennett - one of Sydney's top drummers. He's played in all the big theatre and TV bands, backed too many jazz greats to list here and has even played in the big bands of Cliff Richards, Harry Secombe and Liza Minelli
Laurie Bennett - one of Sydney's top drummers. He's played in all the big theatre and TV bands, backed too many jazz greats to list here and has even played in the big bands of Cliff Richards, Harry Secombe and Liza Minelli

Visit Greg Poppleton’s website to book the 1920s-30s trio-sextet for your wedding, corporate event and party