On Saturday November 10, the band and I returned to our favourite venue in Sydney's outer west, Penrith RSL, for an afternoon of 1920s - 30s jazz and swing. There was lots of dancing, lots of laughing and lots of jazz. Here's a very personal version of 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love' which I sang to myself as a selfie live in front of the Penrith club audience. It was like singing into the bathroom mirror, but with a band behind me, which included Grahame Conlon guitar, Dave Clayton double bass and Bob Gillespie drums. Enjoy! Contact Greg: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact
This was fun. Hands on hips at the checkout in the new Subway ad. So much milk! That buffalo chicken sure is thpicy!
I am a film and TV actor, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s jazz swing singer, voiceover, and award-winning swing jazz radio dj.
I've had roles in 9 Hollywood and big budget feature films, 17 TV shows, 60 TV commercials, short film, corporate video, music video and stage.
Four albums released. More than 1.2 million total YouTube plays.
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The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.
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“The band were fantastic. They reaĺly made the night a success.” — Anne Lyell, The Chiropractic AlumniAs members of the profession networked, Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer accompanied by Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar, and Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, played their authentic 1920s repertoire with entertaining style and at background level. When guests wanted to dance, we happily obliged with The Charleston, a tango or a slow foxtrot. Sound was supplied with the band by OzManagement. Tony Jex, at OzManagement, is the band's booker. When you book Greg Poppleton, Tony can also supply you, at your request, sound, lights and staging in a one-stop shop A/V deal. It saves you time and money. And it guarantees you perfect sound and ambience every time. Have Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer Greg Poppleton and his band to Orchestra at your event. We can add swing dancers, dance lessons, sound, lights and staging. Tell us your requirements in the message section of the contact page. Book Greg Poppleton Now Thank you Aron Downie from Macquarie University for the photos and for permission to use them.
Why is the focus on cows in this clip about bananas?
That's a good question. Particularly since cows aren't mentioned in the song.
THE STORY IS THISI took the film you see in the clip while walking between the towns of Kiama and Gerringong in New South Wales. I saw this small herd sheltering from the hot sun under some small trees in the green, green grass. I perched my pocket camera on the thickest branch of a bush and filmed them. It was a little bit breezy, so the branch swayed, hence the unsteady clip. These cows look so contented!
ALBUMSix months later, when I released this song in the album Back In Your Own Backyard, I chose the film to accompany this upbeat version of 'Yes, I Have No Bananas' because of the tension between the fast tempo of the song and the laid-back 'tempo' of the cows. I also like that, to my not pitch-prefect ears, that where I placed the moos the cows make in the beginning of the mix, the note seems to be close to the same note as the banjo makes, just a bit flat and an octave down. The song is in Bb. The cow is mooing in B very b
BANDGreg Poppleton - 1920s vocals Geoff Power - sousaphone, trumpet and trombone Paul Furniss - alto sax and clarinet Grahame Conlon - Spanish guitar Lawrie Thompson - drums and washboard
SUNDAY JAZZBy the beautiful Parramatta River...
GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer and band...
ALL ABOUT SWINGCody and Lexie from All About Swing strutted their stuff on the dance carpet. Other couples joined in when we went Latin with songs like Amapola, El Mansiero, Tea for Two and South of the Border.
IN THE GREG POPPLETON BAND: ALTO SAXDamon Poppleton...
WASHBOARD AND DRUMSAdam Barnard...
DOUBLE BASSDave Clayton, who also joined Greg in a vocal duet on 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'.
GUITAR AND BANJOGrahame Conlon...
BOOKINGSBook Greg Poppleton for your club, special occasion and party. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 61 407 941 263
"At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, and life is like a song..."'At Last' was introduced by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade. Etta James later recorded the most famous version. Beyonce has also sung it in an Etta James tribute. In Greg Poppleton's jazz deco quartet were: - Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer - Geoff Power, trumpet and sousaphone - Dr Mark Pinner, clarinet, alto sax and baritone sax - Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo The reception was held in the romantic Seacliff barn, overlooking Weeri Lagoon. Looking at Werri brought back happy memories for me of walking there from Kiama during a recent holiday with my family. Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn For those of you familiar with the NSW Southcoast, Seacliff is the stunning white farmhouse just at the Princes Highway turnoff into Gerringong. Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW Greg Poppleton booking enquiries: Email: email@example.com | 0407 941 263
IMPRESSEDGreg Poppleton brought along his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians. Their authentic, swinging style certainly impressed - and won over a lot of people who had never heard 1920s jazz before. The smiles, the spontaneous little dances here and there, all those who stopped to intently listen, and the nice people who came up to compliment the band after each set, told me that the band was fulfilling its brief. Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
THE BRIEFTo provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.
SOUNDSo the music was low, yet energetic. People could talk easily and come and go as they please. The owner of the bar and restaurant next to the courtyard thanking us as both he and we packed up said it all. The band was largely acoustic with two 100W speakers for the vocals and banjo, mixed wirelessly via ipad. Guitar and double bass used a small amp each and the clarinet and alto sax did not need to be mic'd at all to be heard clearly.
BOOKINGSEnquire about having Greg Poppleton for your event and celebration. Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.
Initially the client wanted a big band. They'd already advertised the show as 'Swing Era', 'Glenn Miller', 'Big Band'.But a budget blow-out meant that the client needed a smaller band urgently - a band that could still create a big sound and a dynamic show through an energetic singer and front man.
The Solution: Call Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer - the client went for the six-piece Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.After that, no-one in the client group, or the audience, gave the 'Swing Era', 'Glenn Miller' Big Band a second thought. Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader. He delivered a mix of Jazz Deco swingers and ballads in English, Spanish, German and Italian, with the following band line-up: Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s-30s singer Al Davey - trumpet and trombone Paul Furniss - alto sax and clarinet Grahame Conlon - swing guitar and banjo Dave Clayton - double bass Lawrie Thompson - swing drums SwingKatz - swing dance lessons and demonstration
The Result: The audience sang along and filmed and laughed and danced for a two hour show including lunch.The client said they would definitely book the band again. Greg Poppleton jazz deco band and SwingKatz swing dancers
Sound:Because of the size of the room and the number of guests, 130, we provided our own digital sound system. We created a pleasant sound for the audience mixed by our engineer with ipad via a wireless connection. This is something we can do for audiences up to 5000 people. We filled the big band's shoes and more. Need an exciting band? Band Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
How'd It Look and Sound?
What do you do?The venue you're playing at has been undercut by not one, but two, nearby venues. Audience numbers are down. What do you do? Well, if you're Greg Poppleton at Mosman Bowling Club today, you put on a 'helluva' show for the club and the beautiful people who came to see and hear us. Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco singer channeling the spirits of the 1920s and 1930s
You put on an intimate show - singing to each of the 40 guests individually -from the stage and table by table.You bring people together and get the audience singing. You tell personal stories, weave in an amazing anecdote about a song or two or three, and you sing a request or two that brings a tear to the eyes of the requesters. Greg Poppleton and an over the shoulder shot of some of the audience at Sunday Jazz in Mosman Bowling Club
And you have a swinging band:
Greg Poppleton - 1920s-30s vocals Grahame Conlon - banjo and guitar Dave Clayton - double bass Adam Barnard - drums and washboardThe Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo In short, you create a 'helluva' show with great musicians that makes everyone happy. In fact, everybody left today with a smile and a desire to come back for more. Many left clutching a Greg Poppleton CD sold to them by Bev Evans. A CHILDHOOD HERO.