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
Having a live 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing band can make a fantastic difference to your wedding, but having Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and band gives you the biggest emotional impact. We’re looking forward to playing a wedding this Saturday in Kiama for an excited bride and groom who were thrilled when they saw the band at the Corrimal Hotel last month. Read Greg’s article about the wedding in the photo above, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s – 1930s charm to your special day.
Coming to Penrith RSL 11 November
Greg and the 1920s – 1930s band are heading west to one our favourite venues, Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2-5pm. We’ve been playing at Penrith for nine years and the local jazz club tells us we are one of their most popular bands.
In the band with Greg on Armistice Day:
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo (Mellotones)
Stan Kenton – double bass (Mellotones)
Damon Poppleton – alto sax (Anna Vriend)
Bob Gillespie – drums (Maynard Fergusson, Lovelace Watkins, touring Glenn Miller Orchestra)
Dance floor, child friendly, affordable bar and bistro. FREE entry!
Drop in for as long as you like – you don’t have to stay for the whole show, though most people do. Read Greg’s article with photos about the band’s August 2017 Penrith RSL show.
Sydney Town Hall 23 November
Greg Poppleton and his 4-piece 1920s – 1930s Jazz and Swing band entertain in a private show with other acts in Sydney Town Hall, 23 November. Greg, singing in real 1920s – 1930s style, will be accompanied by his internationally toured band musicians Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Paul Furniss alto sax and clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard. Book Greg for your event
Could You Get A Fax In 1938?
Yes. WOR New York makes its 1938 announcement about ‘Radio Fax’ on next Tuesday’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Every week, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney, online and over 23 radio stations across Australia, Greg Poppleton presents The Phantom Dancer, his multi-award-winning non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.
Read Greg’sarticleabout 1930s Radio Fax along with next week’s Phantom Dancer swing play list and Greg’s historic Video of the Week feature.
October Band Photos
Builders Club Three years at the Builders Club and another fun afternoon with our Wollongong friends. See article »
Corrimal Hotel A full house for the whole afternoon as Greg Poppleton and band played for the Illawarra Jazz Club. See article »
Contact Greg’s management, Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s always a pleasure to be invited back to The Basement in Wollongong to sing the songs of the 1920s – 1930s with my band – Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
We turn the intimate cellar into a speakeasy with authentic 1920s – 30s vocals and songs.
We introduced some new old songs to the repertoire for The Basement in the Wollongong Builders Club, including The Continental (as sung by Ginger Rogers), My Canary Has Circle Under His Eyes (as sing by Marion Harris) and Singing In The Bathtub (as sing by Winnie Lightner).
I took some photos for you.
We’re playing next at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 11 November, 2 – 5pm. FREE!
Every Saturday, the Illawarra Jazz Club in Wollongong, hosts a jazz band at the Corrimal Hotel on the Princes Highway in Corrimal.
Greg Poppleton and band were invited to play on Saturday 7 October.
The brief was to use as many outstanding young players as possible in a 1920s – 30s quartet who could play in the style.
So the band featured Damon Poppleton (14) on alto sax, Michael Brady (22) on guitarlele and banjo, Jim Elliott bass sax, Adam Barnard on snare, bells, splash cymbal and washboard, and myself singing the songs of the Jazz Age and Swing Era.
What a fun afternoon. It was full house from 3:30 till the show’s end at 6:30pm. And the Jazz Club told me it was the largest turnout in some months.
“If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn’t simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.”
The Illawarra Jazz Club presents Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, with his metamodern jazz band, for an afternoon of Liederhosen.
Let me explain…
Greg Poppleton’s music is a metamodern mediation between aspects of modernism and postmodernism.
As a modernist he is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer.
As a postmodernist he is both cognizant that he can never be truly ‘authentic’ yet pursues his single-minded mission with Virilian speed to create fascinatingly ephemeral ‘1920s Urzeiten’ unique to his time and place on stage.
“To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend,” Jacques Derrida.
Deftly avoiding jazz cliches and gimmicky contemporary music incorporations, Greg becomes ‘1920s’ on-stage utilising a thorough ethical framework of sound music practice, stagecraft and an authentic passion for the genre since earliest childhood.
“All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation,” Weimar Jazz Age writer, broadcaster and essayist, Walter Benjamin.
Greg is truly a metamodern singer in English and German, and the Corrimal Hotel is the one place in the Illawarra where this musical intersection can engage, challenge and charm.
Totally untouched by contemporary music, producing sounds that intrigue and catch listeners off-guard, Greg has over 1 MILLION YouTube plays for just one mix of his 1920s-30s music from three albums.
Gloriously rejected by the more traditional elements of the jazz community in which he is supposed to belong and embraced by Bob Rogers on commercial radio and 18-35 year olds in Europe, the US and Mexico, there is no middle ground with Greg Poppleton.
Greg entertains, bringing an operatically trained voice, a lifelong single-minded approach to the music of the 1920s and 1930s, and an acting background which has seen him in movie scenes opposite such Hollywood stars as Nicole Kidman, Adrien Brody and John Goodman.
Now I ask you, writing in the first person, is there a place for my metamodern Greg Poppleton band in your hearts so that you’ll be at the Corrimal Hotel, Saturday 7 October, 3:30-6:30pm?