1920s Show Penrith

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.

greg poppleton 1920s - 1930s singer

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!

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I'm in a Subway Ad

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.

Here’s the latest ad…

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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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Professional Alumni Event Sparks With 1920s Trio

The Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s trio were hired to entertain with real Great Gatsby music for a 1920s-themed professional gathering at Sydney's Arthouse Hotel.

Authentic 1920s singer, world-toured guitar, banjo and sousaphone, excellent sound, and interesting people made this professional networking event spark.

“The band were fantastic. They reaĺly made the night a success.” — Anne Lyell, The Chiropractic Alumni

Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s singer and Cazzbo sousaphone

As 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.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer at Chiropractic alumni event

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.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

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.

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We can add swing dancers, dance lessons, sound, lights and staging. Tell us your requirements in the message section of the contact page.

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Thank you Aron Downie from Macquarie University for the photos and for permission to use them.

Singing 1920s Songs on Vintage Trains

After entertaining passengers on vintage train trips in February, Greg Poppleton was invited back to entertain on the 'The Hydro Express' and 'The Highlander'.

Greg sang the songs of the 1920s and joked with passengers on the vintage trains with Paul Baker, banjo, on the Hydro Express, and then the next day with Grahame Conlon, guitar, on The Highlander.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Paul Baker banjo in the Guards Van of The Hydro Express Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Paul Baker banjo in the Guards Van of The Hydro Express

The Observation car of the Hydro Express waiting at Sydney's Country Train Terminal
The Observation car of the Hydro Express waiting at Sydney's Country Train Terminal

The Hydro Express heritage train ran from Sydney to Medlow Bath for High Tea at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel. Guests traveled in their choice of three classes - Standard, Premier or Lounge.

The Highland climbing the Illawarra Escarpment
The Highland climbing the Illawarra Escarpment

Greg Poppleton and Grahame Conlon on The Highlan
Greg Poppleton and Grahame Conlon on The Highlander

The view of Stanwell Park beach from the train
The view of Stanwell Park beach from the train

The Highlander ran from Sydney via Unanderra (where Greg will be singing, 12 January) to Robertson and then Moss Vale. It traveled up the Illawarra Escarpment through temperate rainforest and with views over lake Illawarra and the Tasman Sea. Many guests alighted at Robertson for High Tea at Ranelagh House.

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Great Gatsby Bash

Well, Old Sport, on Sunday August 19 it was time to party like it was 1925...

It was Great Gatsby party time with Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, his Jazz Deco band, the All About Swing dancers and more.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Deco Quartet

In the Jazz Deco band were:
Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s singer
Geoff Power - trumpet and sousaphone
Grahame Conlon - guitar and banjo
Adam Barnard - drums and washboard

greg poppleton 1920s great gatsby jazz trio based in Sydney

Held in an exclusive mansion, Beyond Cinema, hosted a screening party featuring Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film of the 1920s F Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. Before arrival, all 800 attendees were assigned a character for the evening with a dress code to suit.

Great Gatsby party with Greg Poppleton

Aden and Carly-Anne from Beyond Cinema know how to throw a bash, with secret rooms and gardens to explore along with dancers, jazz and fireworks to get you into the Jazz Age action.

There was a selection of dining packages in different rooms of the mansion, with Greg Poppleton entertaining in Jay Gatsby's own massive dining room. And there was four hours of unlimited booze and not a drunk in the joint.

Greg Poppleton singers view of Great Gatsby party

In the grand banquet hall, Greg Poppleton sang three songs from his forthcoming album which will be on Bandcamp late in 2018. Greg began by racing through the crowd looking for his 'Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue'.

greg poppleton 1920s singer at great gatsby party

Then came the blues plaintive, Sugar. Here's Greg snapped singing Sugar to Lesley downloaded from her Facebook review of the night.

Shortly after this a clapping circle formed around Greg while he was Singing in the Bathtub, certainly not all alone.

Greg Poppleton singing Sugar in Gatsby's Banquet Room

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Santo Grasso Jazz Photos

Last Sunday, I took my 1920s - 1930s Jazz Deco band to Sydney Rowing Club, overlooking the Parramatta River to play an afternoon of music, fun and dancing.

And there was lots of dancing and lots of fun. It's an inspiration to play to dancers. It's a joy to play to such a warm and appreciative audience.

SANTO GRASSO JAZZ PHOTOS What a wonderful surprise then, just before downbeat on the first set, to see my favourite photographer, Santo Grasso. He'd come along to take photos of the band.

Now he's generously sharing them with us here.

Please check out Santo's wonderfully evocative photos of Sydney on his instagram page. Start following him! https://www.instagram.com/explore__sydney/

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s - 1930s singer Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s - 1930s singer

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Band - Damon Poppleton alto sax - Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo - Thomas Wade double bass - Adam Barnard drums and washboard
Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Band - Damon Poppleton alto sax - Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo - Thomas Wade double bass - Adam Barnard drums and washboard

Damon Poppleton alto sax
Damon Poppleton alto sax

Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo
Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo

Thomas Wade double bass
Thomas Wade double bass

Greg Poppleton singing through the red 1920s megaphone
Greg Poppleton singing through the red 1920s megaphone

Adam Barnard washboard and percussion
Adam Barnard washboard and percussion

Dancing to the Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s band at Sydney Rowers - a photo I took from behind the microphone
Dancing to the Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s band at Sydney Rowers - a photo I took from behind the microphone

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Yes We Have No Bananas - Country Version

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 THIS

I 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!

ALBUM

Six 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

BAND

Greg Poppleton - 1920s vocals Geoff Power - sousaphone, trumpet and trombone Paul Furniss - alto sax and clarinet Grahame Conlon - Spanish guitar Lawrie Thompson - drums and washboard

Speakeasy House Party

The Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s Trio played for a speakeasy themed house party. We went down so well we were handsomely tipped at the end by the generous host.

There was such an array of creative, talented, fun-loving people at the party who danced to Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals with Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar and Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party[/caption]

We set up in a corner of the lounge room, loading in and setting up very carefully so as not to knock anything in the house.

We used a small PA for the vocal mic and banjo. The guitar was played through a small amp. The trumpet and sousaphone did not need to be mic'd at all.

And I supplied intermission music including 1930 radio broadcasts by the Philco Orchestra and 1933 Cocoanut Grove broadcasts by the Phil Harris Orchestra.

Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet
Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet

The overall effect was a balanced 1920s-30s sound that was not loud. Guests could talk easily where the band played. Some were even sitting on couches right next to me as I sang. That's how the photo above was taken.

Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party
Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party

And as always I sang personally to every guest who wanted to engage (which was everyone). No-one felt left out.

I had a bad case of (non-contagious) laryngitis, so my singing was sounding somewhere between Tom Waits and Rochester from the 'Jack Benny Show'. I wish had recorded some of it. The show must go on!

A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio
A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

Some of the guests sang, too. 'Dark Eyes' and 'Mission to Moscow' were sung with much love by a duet of friends in Russian. An international opera tenor did a beautiful version of 'Autumn Leaves'. And a former back-up singer for punk bands joined me on 'Lili Marleen'.

Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio
Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio

Book the 1920s - 1930s trio for your house party through OzManagement- www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

Swing Dancing To Greg Poppleton In Penrith

Greg Poppleton returned to Penrith RSL Saturday 30 June for another of his popular 1920s - 1930s jazz shows of swinging songs from the Great American Songbook.

And Greg will be back at Penrith RSL for dancers, Saturday 10 November, 2-5pm. FREE.

Swing dancers Sue Ann and Sandy pose with singer Greg Poppleton, Dave Clayton double bass and Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Swing dancers Sue Ann and Sandy pose with singer Greg Poppleton, Dave Clayton double bass and Damon Poppleton alto sax.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s informal. And there was plenty of dancing. Swing dancers are always welcome with a good sized dance floor.

Gary and Deborah dancing to Greg Poppleton
Gary and Deborah dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg is Australia’s only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer.

Unlike other jazz singers who find jazz after a journey through rock, opera or miming to a parent’s record collection of snappy-fingered Vegas crooners, Greg’s 1920s-30s vocals are authentic and original.

He fell in love with the music age three. That's when he first heard Louis Armstrong.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton with Bob Gillespie drums, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Dave Clayton double bass and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.
Dancing to Greg Poppleton with Bob Gillespie drums, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Dave Clayton double bass and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

Critics in Australia and the U.S are unanimous in saying that “Greg Poppleton captures the essence of the 1920s-1930s with uncanny accuracy.”

He has over 1.2 million total YouTube views for his four albums. That makes him Australia’s most listened to YouTube jazz singer without TV exposure.

He returned to Penrith RSL, Saturday 30 June, with his Jazz Deco band.

Greg Poppleton with Dave Clayton on double bass
Greg Poppleton with Dave Clayton on double bass

Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band instruments on stage
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band instruments on stage.

In the band was Greg’s up-and-coming 15 year old jazz alto saxophonist son, Damon Poppleton.

Grahame Conlon, who was in Ricky May’s band was on guitar.

Blue Mountains double bassist, Dave Clayton, who was in Mic Conway’s Hiccup Band played double bass.

And Penrith local, Bob Gillespie, who played in Maynard Ferguson’s English Orchestra, was musical director for Lovelace Watkins and was drummer for the 1990s Australian tour band of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, was on drums.

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco band will be back for more 1920s jazz, 1930s swing and dancing at,
Penrith RSL
8 Tindale St, Penrith
Saturday 10 November 2-5pm. FREE!

Free parking. Dance floor. Bar, bistro and child friendly.
PLUS grow 2" taller, increase your attractiveness, ensure promotion at work, boost your confidence, stimulate hair growth and increase your IQ!

Contact Greg through OzManagement for your event: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

Photos - Swing Dancing As Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Photos from the final day of Greg Poppleton making Jazz Deco Pop at Sydney's Transport Heritage Expo which ran 9 - 11 June. Enjoy!

Thank you to the swing dancers from Swing Patrol, Swingtime, Swingaroo, Harbour City Hoppers and All About Swing who danced toGreg Poppleton's 1920s-1930s jazz deco swing.

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s Singer makes Jazz Deco Pop!
Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s Singer makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Swing dancers watched by an appreciative audience dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancers watched by an appreciative audience dancing to Greg Poppleton

The Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco trio - Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard
The Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco trio - Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard

Grahame Conlon guitar in the Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band
Grahame Conlon guitar in the Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band

Geoff Power cornet with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Geoff Power cornet with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band


Adam Barnard washboard with Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s band

Swing dancers and the Greg Poppleton quartet
Swing dancers and the Greg Poppleton quartet

And, of course, the vintage trains!
And, of course, the vintage trains!

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One Red Rose

A fresh Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band line-up played today at Sydney's Edwardian Central Station Concourse for the annual Transport Heritage Expo.

Did you see the Transport Heritage Expo story on Saturday's evening news? https://www.facebook.com/7newssydney/videos/2151746698182785/

With Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer were,
- Damon Poppleton alto sax
- Paul Baker banjo
- Dave Clayton double bass.

A woman rushed up to my megaphone and placed a long-stemmed red rose in it while we were playing.

Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.
Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.

We're at the Transport Heritage Expo Monday 11 June, too. Playing from 10am - 2pm with sousaphone doubling trumpet, guitar doubling banjo and washboard doubling snare.

Here's some more photos from today. Though there must be thousands more out in the wide blue internet from all the clicks and film taken today.

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience.

Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band

The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

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We Were Swing Dancer Bombed

Greg Poppleton's jazz deco swing quartet played the songs of the 1920s - 1930s today at Sydney's Central Station.

Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s singer

Greg Poppleton quartet

We're playing at Central all June Long Weekend (June 9, 10 and 11) for the Transport Heritage Expo.

I just realised as I write this that today is the 34th anniversary of my first radio broadcast. But that's by-the-by.

Today, we were 'Swing Dancer Bombed' with dancers from Swing Patrol, Swingtime - Dance School, Shagaroo Collegiate Shag and Harbour City Hoppers!! At Central this Sun & Mon, too 10am-2pm.

Check out the video! Enjoy...

Greg Poppleton 1940s VE Day GI Dance

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer and his Jazz Deco trio had the honour of playing for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance.

Greg sang the songs popular in the early 1940s in his naturally true-to-the-era dance band singer style.

Some say his voice reminds them of Al Bowlly. Others say Ray Eberle.

And his small band is definitely 1940s Sydney when the majority of bands playing for dancers through the suburbs were trios to sextets. (Check out Greg Poppleton's ABC Radio National documentary about Sydney's 1942-45 Booker T Washington Club for U.S African-American service personnel. The band that played there was mainly a quartet.)

This fantastic evening celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War.

Greg Poppleton Trio at the 2012 VE Day GI Dance
Greg Poppleton Trio at the VE Day GI Dance

Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms.

They danced to Greg Poppleton playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, White Cliffs Of Dover, I've Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s.

At the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We'll Meet Again, Vera Lynn's post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart. Guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!

Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton
Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton

Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny '1940s paperboy' MC with prizes for the best-dressed

All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style, with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only 1920s - 1930s style singer with duo to 6-piece band. He can also offer a 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra and 1930s-40s Swing Orchestra playing Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

Contact Greg through Tony Jex at OzManagement.

Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting
Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting

Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing
Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing

Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs

Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor
Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor

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Another Triumph For Art In Wollongong

It's always a great pleasure singing the songs of the 1920s - 30s to the always appreciative audience in The Basement of The Builders Club, Wollongong.

And it's also always a great joy to sing with swinging Grahame Conlon on guitar and doubling on banjo, and the spontaneous Dave Clayton on double bass.

Songs in English, German, Italian and Spanish included Tip Toe Through The Tulips, El Mansiero, Dove e Quando?, Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt and My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.

The Builders Club has jazz in The Basement every Sunday 2:30 - 5:30pm. Free!

We'll be back at The Builders Club in August and November. We hope to see you there, too. And if you want Greg Poppleton at your place, Enquire Now

The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong
The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong


Greg Poppleton - 1920s-1930s singer with Dave Clayton on double bass at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 6 May

The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone
The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone

Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton
Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton

Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.
Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.

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Keeping a Room Full by Making Jazz Deco Pop!

The brief: to keep the room as full as possible on a Sunday 3-6pm after the lunch rush to a largely 'non-jazz' audience.

On Sunday, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, returned with his Jazz Deco music to Sydney Rowing Club. And we'll be back at there, Sunday 5 August.

Enjoy these photos from the Greg Poppleton Sydney Rowers show.

Greg Poppleton makes jazz deco op

SUNDAY JAZZ

By the beautiful Parramatta River... Sunday jazz greg poppleton sydney rowing club 22 april

GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer and band... greg poppleton sydney 1920s 1930s jazz singer

ALL ABOUT SWING

Cody 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.

all about swing dancers cody and lexieCody and Lexie dancing to Greg Poppleton 1920s 1930s swing jazz band

IN THE GREG POPPLETON BAND: ALTO SAX

Damon Poppleton... Damon Poppleton alto sax

WASHBOARD AND DRUMS

Adam Barnard... Adam Barnard drums and washboard

DOUBLE BASS

Dave Clayton, who also joined Greg in a vocal duet on 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'. Dave Clayton double bass

GUITAR AND BANJO

Grahame Conlon... Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

BOOKINGS

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Phone: 61 407 941 263

Beautiful Seacliff Wedding in Gerringong

Greg Poppleton and his jazz deco 1920s-30s quartet had the great honour of being part of Marguerite and Andrew's beautiful wedding reception at Seacliff in Gerringong.

It was especially touching to sing their especially meaningful requested song, 'At Last', as they made their entrance into the reception to family and friends.

Marguerite and Andrew chose the Greg Poppleton jazz deco quartet to play for their 1920s styled reception. And as the photographer said to me, "live music, well played, really lifts the vibe at a wedding. You can feel it."

Greg poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet
Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet

The Greg Poppleton band played 1920s instrumentals until dinner. Then Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer serenaded the party with songs from the Jazz Age.

Marguerite and Andrew asked Greg to sing, 'At Last', for when they entered the reception to huge whistles and applause.

"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
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
Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries: Email: tony@ozmanagement.com   |   0407 941 263

1920s Soiree Corporate Event

The client is holding a series of parties celebrating the music most associated with the ten decades of the 20th Century.

Who to book for their 1920s soiree to ensure it's a success?

The band they chose to entertain and represent that roaring decade was Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, because...

Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree
Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree

IMPRESSED

Greg 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
Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

THE BRIEF


To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.

SOUND


So 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.

BOOKINGS


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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.
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.

Saving A Big Band Show For A Client

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
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: tony@ozmanagement.com

How'd It Look and Sound?

We Put On A 'Helluva' Show. And I Met Mrs Sparkle

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 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 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 washboard



The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo The 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.

Having a special occasion? GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!



The Copasetic 1920s - 1930s Jazz Singer and Band are absolutely the Bee's Knees. 1.17 Million Total YouTube views. We'll make your special occasion sparkle, too.  Enquire now.

Mosman Bowling Club presents a different top notch jazz band for your enjoyment on the first Sunday of every month, 2 - 4:30pm. And they welcome new players and members, too. Get in touch.

A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'. A guest photo. Greg Poppleton and Dave Clayton . double bass singing, 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'.

MRS SPARKLE
Bev Evans was Mrs Sparkle in the Mr Sheen ads. Her talent made the ads hugely successful. As a result, she became Australia's leading hand and placement model.



I used to watch Mrs Sparkle on TV as a very little kid and marvel at how natural she was while being incredibly precise in her movements. I've been in 60 TV commercials myself and looking natural while being 'big' as a TVC requires is a rare skill.

And I loved the music. Little did I know then that the song was 'Mr Gallagher and Mr Sheen', written in 1922. No, I'm not a 'make-a-quick-buck-off-the-Great-Gatsby-movie' blow-in. I've loved the music of the 1920s and 1930s eversince I first saw Louis Armstrong on TV when I was three years old.

Here's  Mrs Sparkle selling Mr Sheen on 1960s TV