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

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