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Night and Day with Swing Dancers

Photos and video from the Greg Poppleton band's third day of playing Tin Pan Alley 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo, Sydney Central Railway Station...

Enjoy. Band Website - www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band
Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s singer holding his megaphone and his Tin Pan Alley band.

Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple. Greg Poppleton singing to a swing dancing couple.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_8169" align="alignnone" width="525"]Swinging to Greg Poppleton's Tin Pan Alley music
Swinging to Greg Poppleton's Tin Pan Alley music

Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboar
Swing dancers join the band after the show, Suzy and Sandy from Sydney with Steve and from Los Angeles. In the band, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard.

Band website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Swinging at the Transport Heritage Expo - Tin Pan Alley, Dancers and Steam Trains

Greg Poppleton and band returned to the Transport Heritage Expo at Sydney's Central Station today, Saturday 8 June. It's their third year entertaining visitors with Tin Pan Alley songs from the 1920s and 1930s to fit the Heritage theme of vintage trains and buses.

Adding to the fun, fantastic and colourful swing dancers came along to dazzle with deft footwork as the band played. Thank you Sue Ann!

Transport Heritage Expo
Greg Poppleton and band will be at the Transport Heritage Expo, Country Concourse at Central Station, Sunday 9 June and Monday 10 June, 10am - 2pm. Free! Dancers welcome. Band bookings: https://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

And go for a ride on the steam train, Sydney red rattler and the vintage double and single deck buses. The NSW Rail Museum will be operating steam train rides through the city from Central as part of the annual Transport Heritage Expo. It's a fantastic nostalgic long weekend event for families and transport enthusiasts alike! https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/

Here are some phots of the band, dancers and trains,

Greg Poppleton singing, Geoff Power Cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo.
Greg Poppleton singing, Geoff Power Cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar at the 2019 Transport Heritage Expo.

Posing with Sandy (L) and Sue Ann (R), two of the wonderful swing dancers sliding and gliding to the Greg Poppleton band today.
Posing with Sandy (L) and Sue Ann (R), two of the wonderful swing dancers sliding and gliding to the Greg Poppleton band today. (Thanks Sue Ann for this photo).

Geoff Power cornet and sousaphone with Grahame Conlon guitar during a band instrumental.
Geoff Power cornet and sousaphone with Grahame Conlon guitar during a Greg Poppleton band instrumental.

Adam Barnard on keyboard during that same instrumental.
Adam Barnard on keyboard during that same instrumental.

One of the steam trains at the Transport Heritage Expo.
One of the steam trains at the Transport Heritage Expo.

Swing dancing to the Greg Poppleton band at Central Station.
Swing dancing to the Greg Poppleton band at Central Station.

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton in the beautiful, Edwardian Era Country Concourse
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton in the beautiful, Edwardian Era Country Concourse

Steppin' out as the audience gathers.
Steppin' out as the audience gathers.

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Birthday House Party

Two snaps of Greg Poppleton with his 1920s quartet.

We were playing at the birthday party of a famous artist, for whom we've had the great pleasure of playing before.

The party was in a house. It was a thrill to see so many guests on the dance floor.

Noise restrictions meant that the music volume had to be capped at 80 dB while playing to 160 guests in a reverberant space.

We pride ourselves at always playing at a volume where people can talk easily. Keeping to the restrictions while still being dynamic, musical and entertaining was easy and fun.

Greg Poppleton while singing Irving Berlin's 1927 song, Blue Skies.
Greg Poppleton while singing Irving Berlin's 1927 song, Blue Skies.


Greg Poppleton 1920s band: Geoff Power sousaphone and cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Glenn Henrich alto sax, baritone sax and clarinet.

Enquiries - Have Greg Poppleton at your party - contact Tony Jex 61 2 9567 7171  |   04407 941 263 tony@ozmanagement.com

With A Name Like Poppleton I Must Pop

As Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer, I put on a show, interact with the audience, constantly improvise, spontaneously take risks.

How can I have a name like Poppleton is I don't Pop!

Look at the band's 12 January 2019 Unanderra Hotel show (full house) for the Illawarra Jazz Club.

What's going on in this photo?

Greg Poppleton sings in the Unanderra Hotel toilets

I'd just sung the first chorus of Singing in the Bathtub in the 2nd set of my Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s show on stage at the Unanderra Hotel.

Then I jumped off stage and told the audience, "Everyone sounds good when they sing in the the bathroom. I will now demonstrate."

So I walked through the audience as the band played on and went to the Gents.

Shelley Rae King, former Illawarra Jazz Club president, raced in to take snaps as I sang the second chorus from the public toilet using the full tiled amplifying bathroom reverb only a 1920s megaphone in a throne room can give.

Meanwhile, the band's still playing on stage.

And the audience is having a great time - being surprised and entertained.

They're being entertained by a singer whose voice can fill a 150 people room, off stage from a toilet, with only a megaphone, while a sousaphone, alto sax, banjo and washboard swing on stage without missing a beat.

It's all sounding so good a swing dance couple join me in the toilet - dancing to the music...

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and swing dancers in toilet

One-by-one the band spontaneously walk off stage, still playing as I sing, to join me in the big porcelain echo chamber.



First Adam Barnard taps in on the washboard. Grahame Conlon strums along on the banjo (which weighs a ton). Damon Poppleton wails in playing alto sax. It gets a bit crowded when Geoff Power on sousaphone joins in...

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and band in the toilets at Unanderra Hotel

Who'd would expect that would happen from a 1920s - 30s singer and band. Here's a photo taken on stage by one of the audience of Damon, Geoff on cornet and myself a couple of minutes before the first set.

Greg Poppleton 1920s trio

Below, Damon takes his last solo as a 15 year old, with Geoff Power on sousaphone and Grahame Conlon, banjo...

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s Swing Band

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As I sang off the top of my head at Unanderra:-

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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...

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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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?

Photos from a Wedding in the Garden

The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s trio played for a wedding in the garden at Hopewood House, Bowral.

The thunder rumbled but the rain stayed away for a beautiful ceremony and reception.

Greg Poppleton serenaded guests with songs from the 1920s and 30s selected from the Greg Poppleton play list by the bride and groom. Songs chosen included Begin the Beguine, Cheek to Cheek and Falling in Love Again.

Greg Poppleton Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer

The Greg Poppleton trio at the wedding reception.
The Greg Poppleton trio at the wedding reception. Greg Poppleton with red 1920s megaphone and vintage microphone. Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

The Greg Poppleton duo playing the bride and groom's 1920s-30s jazz requests before the ceremony. Geoff Power trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar.
The Greg Poppleton duo playing the bride and groom's 1920s-30s jazz requests before the ceremony. Geoff Power trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar.

The view of the garden reception from the vintage 1920s microphone. Geoff Power trumpet.
The view of the garden reception from the vintage 1920s microphone. Geoff Power trumpet.

A Tim Storrier sculpture in the gardens
A Tim Storrier sculpture in the gardens

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Bookings: tony@ozmanagement.com

Greg Poppleton and Swing Dancers

Greg Poppleton band posing with SwingKatz dance troupe...

Greg Poppleton band and SwingKatz swing dancers

Greg Poppleton - 1920s-30s singer
Al Davey - trumpet and trombone
Paul Furniss - Clarinet and alto sax
Grahame Conlon - guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton - double bass
Lawrie Thompson - drums


Bookings: tony@ozmanagement.com

See What Happened At Sydney Bus Museum



Greg Poppleton provided the hi-octane musical atmosphere with a selection of bouncy 1920s - 30s tunes sung by Australia's only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

Entertaining, energetic and engaging, Greg and the band were the focus of plenty of happy snaps by nostalgic bus fans. We've even appeared on a few Facebook pages since.

Greg can entertain for you, too. Duo to full 1920s Orchestra. Act now.

Enjoy this selection of photos of the night taken by Greg Poppleton, a visitor, and DJ/dancer Swingin' Kitten

Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Band. Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Paul Baker banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Band in front of a 1930 Sydney bus. Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Paul Baker banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Damon Poppleton alto sax. Photo by Swingin' Kitten.

Greg Poppleton sings 'Margie' from the front platform of a 1970 Atlantean double decker. Photo by Swingin' Kitten.
Greg Poppleton sings 'Margie' from the front platform of a 1970 Atlantean double decker. Photo by Swingin' Kitten.

1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton with Limpin' Jimmy and Swingin' Kitten, swing and rockabilly DJs. 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton with Limpin' Jimmy and Swingin' Kitten, swing and rockabilly DJs.


Greg Poppleton singing into a visitor's camera with Damon on alto sax. Photo by Swingin' Kitten

Damon and Dad on the way home after the gig in the back of an old Atlantean bus
Damon and Dad on the way home after the gig in the back of an old Atlantean bus

Remember, Greg can entertain for you, too. Duo to full 1920s Orchestra. Act now.

Penrith RSL Remembrance Day, Greg Poppleton, Bob Gillespie, Lovelace Watkins and Marion Harris

Greg Poppleton and his band of 1920s - 1930s jazz swing musicians had a fantastic Saturday. We played two fun jazz gigs audiences greatly enjoyed and danced to - Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz, followed by 'Deckers in the Night' at the Sydney Bus Museum.

Saturday was Remembrance Day. At the band's previous show in August I had been asked by Penrith Club members to introduce a suitable song to commemorate the day.

I chose the 1918, armistice year hit, 'After You've Gone', inspired by one of my favourite singers, Marion Harris,
As always, I took some snaps of the Greg Poppleton band for you. The band features some of Sydney's most experienced swing, jazz musicians. All are world-toured.

Drummer, Bob Gillespie, played in the Glenn Miller Orchestra for their 1990s Australian tours as well as being drummer for Maynard Ferguson's English Band and musical director for Lovelace Watkins. You can see him here backing Lovelace Watkins on 'My Way'.
Now for a triple threat (as they say in 'showbiz') of the Greg Poppleton Penrith RSL Remembrance Day show photos...

Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years
Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer

The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.

A real 1920s - 1930s singer and band is a must for a successful 1920s - 1930s themed event.

Greg Poppleton's energy and authentic 1920s - 1930s vocals bring dynamic, Great Gatsby charm to concerts, clubs, weddings, corporate events and house parties. Find out how we can make your next event swing...

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Ever Heard A Metamodern Band? Now's Your Chance

Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club
Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club Derrida said,
“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?
There’s a bistro. A bar. And no PA!


Greg Poppleton, Corrimal Hotel, Sat 7 Oct

Swingin' At The Speakeasy

Wednesday night, 26 April, Greg Poppleton and band returned to Palmer & Co to play at the Wednesday night 'Swinging At The Speakeasy'.

One couple at the bar, enjoying Greg Poppleton and band, told me that our energetic, swinging, 1920s performance made them think they were back in New York City.

With Greg Poppleton in the band were Paul Furniss clarinet, Paul Baker banjo and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

Sydney swing dance school, All About Swing, headed by Siobhan and Matthew, dress up for Swinging at the Speakeasy and dance to live bands. Free!

Authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton with his 1920s-30s duo to full 1920s orchestra is also available for all your entertainment needs. Request a quote now.

Here are some photos from Greg Poppleton Swinging At The Speakeasy. Photo credits: Pia, Siobhan, Tarsh and Katrina...

1920s jazz trio
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band (Paul Baker banjo, Greg Chilcott sousaphone, Paul Furniss clarinet (out of shot) Swinging At The Speakeasy.

swing dancers and audience
The vibe at Swinging At The Speakeasy as Greg Poppleton played.

dancers and 1920s Greg poppleton jazz band Greg Poppleton 1920s band with the
All About Swing
dancers

swing dancers dip with Greg Poppleton swing jazz band
The dipsy doodle

singing to the swing dancer
Greg Poppleton singing to dancer Siobhan Ford

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Greg Poppleton Swingin' at the Speakeasy. Greg is singing the 1920s dance classic, The Charleston, to the All About Swing dancers.

Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz 19 August

Thank you to all of you who came to Penrith RSL for jazz this Saturday and made the afternoon so much fun.

The jazz audience at Penrith RSL make the whole afternoon a great social occasion, so the band and I always look forward to playing in the city by the Nepean.

In fact, we'll be back at Penrith RSL for Armistice Day, 11 November, 2 - 5pm.

With me in the band today as I sang the songs of the 1920s and 1930s, we had, by special request, the great honour of being joined by bass brass virtuoso, Cazzbo Johns, formerly of the Australian Opera.

Bob Gillespie, musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for Maynard Fergusson's English Band was on the kit.

Guitarist for Ricky May, Grahame Conlon, swung on his Spanish guitar and banjo.

Damon Poppleton, aged 14, jammed on alto and tenor saxes. And Flynn Poppleton, age 10, sat in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

As always, I've taken some happy snaps for you below. See you at Penrith, 11 November!

Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.
Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton in the Penrith RSL building.

Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Here I am saying cheese as the band plays Cherokee. Greg Poppleton 1920-30s vocals, Bob Gillespie drums, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Damon Poppleton alto sax.

Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.
Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.