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.

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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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Singing 1920s Songs on The Highlander and The Hydro Express, Roaring 20s Festival

We took a trip on a train, and we thought about you.

Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February, Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-30s singer, and Grahame Conlon guitar, serenaded passengers on two special historic train trips run by friends at the NSW Rail Museum.

And here am I, holding a contemplative show, thinking about you and the 1920s songs I'm about to sing. The location is the wooden 1920s guards van, the duo's 'green room', in one of these historic trains...



  SATURDAY - THE HIGHLANDER

The train on Saturday was The HIghlander, a 1950s diesel. Here it is at Bowral...



The Highlander took passengers to Bowral in the Southern Highlands for lunch.

Then, the train traveled along the scenic Unanderra-Moss Vale railway line, down the Illawarra escarpment and returned to Sydney via the South Coast and through the Royal National Park.

  SUNDAY - THE HYDRO EXPRESS

On Sunday, the Hydro Express took party-goers on a scenic day trip to the Blue Mountains for High Tea at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel during the Roaring 20s Festival.

Here's Grahame and I on The Hydro Express...



The Roaring 20s Festival is the festival where I've been singing for dancers with the band at the Great Art Deco Ball since 2012.

At Central Station, before heading up the mountains, I took this snap of The Hydro Express'  observation carriage...



And here was the view from the observation carriage as The Hydro Express pulled into Medlow Bath station in the mountain mist...



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Illawarra Jazz Festival

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Waiheke International Jazz Festival

In this blog I'll be telling you about some past events I've detailed over the years in the stand alone blog, Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog.

I used the name Radio Lounge because apart from photos of gigs, it lists the weekly play list for my 107.3 2SER Sydney radio show, The Phantom Dancer, your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. You can hear the latest four shows here at 2ser.com.

For this post, I thought you might like to see a few photos of the band and I at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival. It was lots of fun singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s to enthusiastic audiences with Greg Chilcott (sousaphone and trombone) and Arthur Washington (guitar).

Over the coming months, we look forward to sharing more music with you in Mosman, the Gin Mill Social, Corrimal, Wollongong, Penrith and next year's Great Art Deco Ball has just been confirmed. Please stay in touch via my mailing list, or follow me on Facebook.

Look forward to seeing you soon! Hope you enjoy these photos from Waiheke.