Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with a swinging jazz band of top-ranked musicians.
We lovingly, entertainingly bring the songs of the Gatsby, Prohibition, Speakeasy and Hollywood Glamour era to life so your event will be a dazzling, glamorous experience.
As well as playing for private events like weddings, birthdays, and corporate functions, Greg Poppleton entertains at venues and festivals across Australia.
He’s played Sydney Festival (twice), Waiheke International Jazz Festival New Zealand, Blue Mountains 1920s Festival, Sunset Jazz International Jazz Festival Darwin, Thredbo, Illawarra & Dubbo Jazz Festivals, and Sydney Jazz Club, Illawarra Jazz Club and the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club. His residencies include the Great Art Deco Ball, Sorcery and Swing, and the Gin Mill Social.
Such is Greg’s authenticity and knowledge of the 1920s and 30s, he was chosen by the ABC to sing three songs live on ABC Radio Sydney for the 100th anniversary of that station’s first broadcast.
Two of Greg Poppleton’s albums have had commercial radio airplay. One is now 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).
Greg has featured in respected newspapers and vintage magazines: The Syncopated Times (USA – twice), The Sydney Morning Herald Metro, Glory Days (NZ), Antiques and Collectibles (Aust.), Villioti, and Zelda (USA).
His 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, who himself was trained by 20th century masters Tito Schipa and Lauritz Melchior. Combined with being a professional actor for film, stage and TV, Greg guarantees you unforgettable entertainment.
In movies and on TV, Greg has acted with Academy and Golden Globe Award winners Adrien Brody, John Goodman and Nicole Kidman. He’s in 13 movies (including Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader & Moulin Rouge!), 21 TV series, 11 shorts & 65 TVCs.
He’s voiced an award-winning animation, movie trailer, and multiple radio ads.
On stage, Greg has played such diverse characters as 1940s businessman, Joe Keller, the lead in Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’, the Greek philopsopher, Soptoros, and John Stark (Scott Joplin’s manager) in a one-man with ragtime orchestra production.
Greg says, “When I was 3, I saw Louis Armstrong on TV and have been hooked on 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing ever since – so my singing is totally true to the era. I’m Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer with band. We play clubs, restaurants, balls, hotels and festivals. And we love playing private functions, too – your wedding, birthday, house party and corporate event.”
I bring the era to life so your event will be a dazzling Hollywood experience. Think vintage glamour, prohibition and speakeasies.”
GREG, the best worldwide at what he does.
Sunshine Coast Jazz Club
“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
Poppleton’s vocals capture the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy.
It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your feet, much less dance around the room, to Greg Poppleton.
All About Jazz (U.S) (Link)
Last year at the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the Thredbo Jazz Festival I saw some great acts. I made Greg Poppleton Sydney Jazz Band an offer on the spot.
Director Waiheke International Jazz Festival (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)
A frequently heard comment at the end of the day was "great day....and the music was the best part!"
Hills' Marketplace 100
Excellent performance and an absolute pleasure to deal with you all.
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