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Greg Poppleton
1920s Jazz & 1930s Swing



jazz harpsichord
21 May 2024

1940s Jazz Harpsichord – Phantom Dancer

With Greg Poppleton Swing Radio Show

Jazz Harpsichord first appeared around 1940 when pianist Johnny Guarnieri played harpsichord in swing band leader Artie Shaw’s quintet “Gramercy Five”. 1940s Jazz harpsichord, by Primo Angeli, Sylvia Marlowe (born Sapira) and Ernesto Romanoni, is your Phantom Dancer feature this week.

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Radio 2SER 107.3 Sydney

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Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with a swinging jazz band of top-ranked musicians.

Such is Greg’s authenticity, he was booked by the ABC, the National Broadcaster, to sing three songs live on ABC Radio Sydney for their 100th anniversary broadcast. ABC Radio Sydney is Australia’s oldest continuously running radio station.

Greg has sung at,
– Sydney Festival (twice),
– Waiheke International Jazz Festival New Zealand,
– Blue Mountains 1920s Festival,
– Sunset Jazz International Jazz Festival Darwin,
– Thredbo, Illawarra & Dubbo Jazz Festivals,
– Sydney, Illawarra, and Sunshine Coast Jazz Clubs.

Residencies include sold out shows at,
– The Great Art Deco Ball,
– Sorcery and Swing,
– Gin Mill Social.

Greg’s 1920s-30s swing jazz has garnered 1.3 million YouTube views – more than any other Australian jazz vocalist.

Two of Greg Poppleton’s albums were played on commercial radio. One is on rotation on a US vintage jazz radio station. Others were albums of the week on radio stations across Australia.

He’s been interviewed on,
– ABC radio, 2CH, 2SER, Women’s Vintage Radio (USA), Harry & Edna’s Vintage Radio Show (UK).
– He was Jazz Artist of the Week on Fine Music FM Sydney, Artsound FM Canberra and 5MBS Adelaide.

Greg has been written about in feature articles for,
– The Syncopated Times (USA – twice),
– The Sydney Morning Herald Metro,
– Glory Days (NZ),
– Antiques and Collectibles (Aust.),
– Villioti (Aust.),
– Zelda (USA).

His CBAA and BASF award-winning Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show is heard on 30 radio stations across Australia.

Greg trained vocally with New York City Opera singer, Steve Ostrow. Steve was trained by 20th century opera maestri Tito Schipa and Lauritz Melchior.

In movies and TV, Greg has acted with Academy and Golden Globe Award winners Adrien Brody, John Goodman and Nicole Kidman. He’s in 13 movies, 21 TV series, 11 shorts & 65 TVCs.

On stage, Greg has played Joe Keller, the lead in Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’, the Greek philosopher, Soptoros, and John Stark (Scott Joplin’s manager) in a one-man show with ragtime orchestra.

Greg says, “When I was 3, I saw Louis Armstrong on TV and have been hooked on 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing ever since – my singing is totally true to the era and steeped in jazz history.”

I bring the era to life so your event will be a dazzling Hollywood experience. Think vintage glamour, prohibition and speakeasies.”

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Poppleton’s vocals capture the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy.

John Gilbert

eJazzNews (U.S)


GREG, the best worldwide at what he does.

Sunshine Coast Jazz Club


At the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the Thredbo Jazz Festival I saw some great acts. I made Greg Poppleton an offer (to play Waiheke Jazz Festival) on the spot.

John Quigley

Director Waiheke International Jazz Festival (Link)


It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.

Budd Kopman

All About Jazz (U.S) (Link)


Greg’s pleasing, vintage voice... impressive portamento slides on "The Charleston"... refreshes well-worn standards again and again on “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue” and “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.”

Dave Doyle Jr

The Syncopated Times (U.S) (Link)


“Hi Greg. I “met” you (not in person) during your Friday evening performance at the Waiheke Jazz Festival. I live my life on purpose and in the moment, rarely missing a calling / opportunity. However, during your performance I totally froze when you made eye contact, and I could not bring myself to talk to you afterwards. I regret not telling you that your music has moved and inspired me. Thank you for giving of yourself so generously! With best wishes for your future,”


Waiheke Jazz Festival, New Zealand


A frequently heard comment at the end of the day was "great day....and the music was the best part!"

Ian Freestone

Hills' Marketplace 100


Excellent performance and an absolute pleasure to deal with you all.

Janet Storrier

Hopewood Estate


I couldn’t be happier with my decision to entrust my exclusive Gatsby: A Roaring Soiree to Greg Poppleton. The music, the atmosphere, and the professionalism were all exceptional. Everything was perfect and thoughtfully managed.

Lyna Duong

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1940s Jazz Harpsichord – Phantom Dancer

Jazz Harpsichord first appeared around 1940 when pianist Johnny Guarnieri played harpsichord in swing band leader Artie Shaw’s quintet “Gramercy Five”. 1940s Jazz harpsichord, by Primo Angeli, Sylvia Marlowe (born Sapira) and Ernesto Romanoni, is your Phantom Dancer feature this week.


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Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s vocals with piano, double bass and alto sax playing vintage swing jazz for a private party.


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