A fun afternoon at Penrith RSL. Songs from the 1920s and 30s by Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Backed by a swinging trio of Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo), Dave Clayton (double bass), and Bob Gillespie (drums) We'll be back at Penrith RSL, Saturday 27 July, 2-5pm. Free. Here's a trio of photos from today's 30 March gig. Greg Poppleton - authentic sounding 1920s and 1930s jazz swing singer Greg Poppleton swing duo. Grahame Conon guitar, Dave Clayton double bass Greg Poppleton jazz trio. Bob Gillespie drums, Dave Clayton double bass, Grahame Conlon guitar Book Greg Poppleton for you event. Contact
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? 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... 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... 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. Below, Damon takes his last solo as a 15 year old, with Geoff Power on sousaphone and Grahame Conlon, banjo... Book Greg Poppleton for you event As I sang off the top of my head at Unanderra:- "It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that Pop CD, 20 bucks, 20 bucks, 20 bucks, 20 bucks." (Only $12 CD / $7 download on Bandcamp) Actor Website
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. 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 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. 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 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 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
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. 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. Book Greg and the band: gregpoppletonmusic/contact 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 The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass. Book Greg and the band: gregpoppletonmusic/contact
Greg Poppleton's jazz deco swing quartet played the songs of the 1920s - 1930s today at Sydney's Central Station. 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, 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 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 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 played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor Greg Poppleton bookings and enquiries
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 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 Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Purchase CDs or Download: Bandcamp (in $A which is 0.75$US) Booking enquiries: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
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.
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...
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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
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.
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.
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'.
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
Greg Poppleton band posing with SwingKatz dance troupe... 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: email@example.com
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 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. 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
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Every Saturday, the Illawarra Jazz Club in Wollongong, hosts a jazz band at the Corrimal Hotel on the Princes Highway in Corrimal. Sometimes the bands are small groups, other times they are big bands. Many local bands and singers are featured. Greg Poppleton and band were invited to play on Saturday 7 October. The brief was to use as many outstanding young players as possible in a 1920s - 30s quartet who could play in the style. So the band featured Damon Poppleton (14) on alto sax, Michael Brady (22) on guitarlele and banjo, Jim Elliott bass sax, Adam Barnard on snare, bells, splash cymbal and washboard, and myself singing the songs of the Jazz Age and Swing Era. What a fun afternoon. It was full house from 3:30 till the show's end at 6:30pm. And the Jazz Club told me it was the largest turnout in some months. As always, I snapped some photos for you. Enjoy! We'll be back in Wollongong at the Builders' Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm Sunday 22 October. Free! We hope you can drop by! Have us at your place! Visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com. Adam Barnard on washboard Damon Poppleton, alto sax Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo Jim Elliott, bass sax
“Thank you for the most amazing gig and for asking me to sing with you...what an honour. You had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand. They loved you and Cazzbo on sousaphone hit the spot as well. We will definitely get you back some time.” Shelley Rae King, President Illawarra Jazz Club Book Greg Poppleton now.
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 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. Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.