“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
Wow! July’s Gin Mill Social was SOLD OUT weeks ahead.
What a fun 1920s night it was in the beautiful Art Deco Cello Restaurant of the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s trio, Greg Poppleton (authentic 1920s vocals and megaphone) Geoff Power (sousaphone and cornet) and Paul Baker (banjo) serenaded guests in real Jazz Age style for the first 75 minutes.
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Now, back to July’s Gin Mill Social…
Missy stunned with her globe poses and fan dance.
Mr Gorski amazed with his fine balancing and juggling.
The four course dinner was spectacular, as were the cocktails.
MC Lou P Lou charmed the crowd.
Of course, being Prohibition, there was a raid!
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.