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.

Contact Greg through Tony Jex at OzManagement.

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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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

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Beautiful Seacliff Wedding in Gerringong

Greg Poppleton and his jazz deco 1920s-30s quartet had the great honour of being part of Marguerite and Andrew's beautiful wedding reception at Seacliff in Gerringong.

It was especially touching to sing their especially meaningful requested song, 'At Last', as they made their entrance into the reception to family and friends.

Marguerite and Andrew chose the Greg Poppleton jazz deco quartet to play for their 1920s styled reception. And as the photographer said to me, "live music, well played, really lifts the vibe at a wedding. You can feel it."

Greg poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet
Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet

The Greg Poppleton band played 1920s instrumentals until dinner. Then Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer serenaded the party with songs from the Jazz Age.

Marguerite and Andrew asked Greg to sing, 'At Last', for when they entered the reception to huge whistles and applause.

"At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, and life is like a song..."

'At Last' was introduced by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade.  Etta James later recorded the most famous version. Beyonce has also sung it in an Etta James tribute.

In Greg Poppleton's jazz deco quartet were:
- Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
- Geoff Power, trumpet and sousaphone
- Dr Mark Pinner, clarinet, alto sax and baritone sax
- Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo


The reception was held in the romantic Seacliff barn, overlooking Weeri Lagoon. Looking at Werri brought back happy memories for me of walking there from Kiama during a recent holiday with my family.

Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn
Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn

For those of you familiar with the NSW Southcoast, Seacliff is the stunning white farmhouse just at the Princes Highway turnoff into Gerringong.

Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW
Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries: Email: tony@ozmanagement.com   |   0407 941 263

1920s Soiree Corporate Event

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
Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree

IMPRESSED

Greg 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
Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

THE BRIEF


To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.

SOUND


So 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.

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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.
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.

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?

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How'd It Look and Sound?

We Put On A 'Helluva' Show. And I Met Mrs Sparkle

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 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 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 washboard



The Greg Poppleton swing rhythm section. Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Dave Clayton double bass, and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo The 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.

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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'. 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

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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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

Hot 1920s Jazz – Hot Show – Over 40C (+100F) In The Shade

Yep, it was hot, hot, hot and windy at Jazz at the Pines in Dural today, music-wise and weather-wise.

It's autumn here, but the temperature at today's Greg Poppleton Jazz At The Pines show reached 40 celsius. That's over 100 F.

The show was booked out. We learnt today from the organisers that Greg Poppleton is the most popular band that plays Jazz at the Pines. As always we play a mix of sings from the 1920s and 30s including some sung in German, Spanish and Italian.

We'll be back at Jazz at the Pines, Sunday 19 March 2019. So Book Early.

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s singer and Geoff Power trumpet at Jazz at the Pines
Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s singer and Geoff Power trumpet at Jazz at the Pines

But the weather was so hot and sunny, some people decided not to risk sunburn or heatstroke.

But under the shady pines, all was fine.

Thank you to everyone who made it and lasted the distance. We even had a couple of sound failures earlier on with the hot, gusty winds. Lucky my trusty 1920s megaphone and an opera trained voice provided all the vocal amplification until a wind-loosened cable to the speakers was fixed.

I took a picture of the band.
- Geoff Power trumpet and trombone
- Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo
- Ian Baker tuba
- Lawrie Thompson drums


I asked them to forgo the usual suit and ties. It was 40C after all.

Greg Poppleton band, Jazz At The Pines. Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer (behind the camera) Geoff Power tp/tb, Grahame Conlon g/bj, Ian Baker tuba, Lawrie Thompson drums.
Greg Poppleton band, Jazz At The Pines. Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer (behind the camera) Geoff Power tp/tb, Grahem Conlon g/bj, Ian Baker tuba, Lawrie Thompson drums.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer. To book Greg for your event, contact Tony at OzManagement:
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Penrith March 10 - Greg Poppleton Makes 1920s-30s Pop

Greg Poppleton returned to Penrith to entertain with the songs of the 1920s and 1930s.

The venue was Penrith RSL. Greg Poppleton has been one of the Saturday afternoon jazz bands for the 'Penrith Jazz Family' there since 2008.

It's always lots of fun. I took some movies for you.  And if you enjoy these videos, please give them a thumbs up on YouTube. Thank you.

We'll be back at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 30 June, 2 - 5pm. Free. Dance floor, bar, bistro and kid friendly. See you there!

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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...



To book Greg Poppleton's 1920s-30s band and orchestra for your event, contact Tony Jex at OzManagement... 0407 941 263 info@ozmanagement.com

iPhone Photos: Greg Poppleton Builders Club Show Wollongong 4 February

It was a very full house for Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s - 30s singer, at The Basement, Builders' Club Wollongong for their weekly Sunday Jazz.

Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass and myself singing return to The Basement, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm Sunday 6 May. FREE.

In the third set we enjoyed two sit-ins on Ice Bucket and Jazz Vocals.

Firstly, Bob Gillespie, former musical director for Lovelace Watkins and drummer for the Maynard Ferguson English Orchestra, came up to play the ice bucket.

Then I invited jazz singer, Marie Wilson, who was having a great time in the audience, to come up and sing a few songs.

She's such a wonderful jazz singer she was booked on the spot to appear at The Basement Wollongong later this year.

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I hope you enjoy the photos. Thanks Grahame for the use of your iPhone...

Greg Poppleton at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 4 Feb 2018. Greg sings again at The Builders Club, 2:30pm, Sunday 6 May.
Greg Poppleton at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 4 Feb 2018. Greg sings again at The Builders Club, 2:30pm, Sunday 6 May.

Dave Clayton, double bass with Greg Poppleton
Dave Clayton, double bass with Greg Poppleton

Bob Gillespie playing the Ice Bucket, accompanied by Grahame Conlon on banjo with Greg Poppleton's band.
Bob Gillespie playing the Ice Bucket, accompanied by Grahame Conlon on banjo with Greg Poppleton's band.

Marie Wilson singing with Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass in the Greg Poppleton band.
Marie Wilson singing with Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass in the Greg Poppleton band.

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2018 Great Art Deco Ball Photos

Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer and band, played the Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Saturday 3 February.

It's the sixth year in a row Greg Poppleton has played the Great Art Deco Ball . Each year the Ball gets bigger and brighter.
And it sells out earlier each year, too, without online sales or advertising.
The 2018 Ball sold out in November 2017!
Many of our dancing friends from previous years were at the Great Art Deco Ball this year!

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The Great Art Deco Ball is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains Roaring 20s Festival.

Photos:
The Carrington Hotel forecourt the night of the Great Art Deco Ball
The Carrington Hotel forecourt the night of the Great Art Deco Ball

Inside the Carrington Hotel. The Grand Dining Room where the Art Deco Ball is held is through the archway on the left. The Billiard Room and Library are down the hall. The black and white photo hanging on the wall on the right is of an entertainment troupe at the hotel in 1906.
Inside the Carrington Hotel. The Grand Dining Room where the Art Deco Ball is held is through the archway on the left. The Billiard Room and Library are down the hall. The black and white photo hanging on the wall on the right is of an entertainment troupe at the hotel in 1906.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet in the Grand Dining Room for the Great Art Deco Ball. (L-r) Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Jim Elliot (alto and bass sax).
Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet in the Grand Dining Room for the Great Art Deco Ball. (L-r) Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Jim Elliot (alto and bass sax).

Dancing to Greg Poppleton at the 2018 Great Art Deco Ball
Dancing to Greg Poppleton at the 2018 Great Art Deco Ball.

Greg Poppleton taking a selfie and being 'photo-bombed' by happy dancers.
Greg Poppleton
taking a selfie and being 'photo-bombed' by happy dancers.

Grahame Conlon doubled Spanish guitar and banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band doubled Spanish guitar and banjo.

Jim Elliott doubled bass and alto saxophones
Jim Elliott with Greg Poppleton's band doubled bass and alto saxophones.

Geoff Power with Greg Poppleton's band doubled trumpet and sousaphone.
Geoff Power with Greg Poppleton's band doubled trumpet and sousaphone.

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1920s Song Swing Style - Sweet Sue, Just You (with Kangaroos)

Watch the Kangaroos (Burru) while enjoying this up-tempo version of the 1920s song, Sweet Sue, by Greg Poppleton and his 1930s Swing Band.
$1 and it's yours legally at Bandcamp.
$7 for the whole 15 track album!

Singer - Greg Poppleton
Reeds - Paul Furniss
Trumpet - Al Davey
Guitar - Grahame Conlon
Double Bass - Mark Harris
Drums - Lawrie Thompson

Latest Review from U.S - Budd Kopman (All About Jazz)

Looking for a belated Christmas present? Or is there a birthday coming up for someone you know who likes music, especially swing and jazz songs from the 1920s and 1930s?  (CD available here. Buy mp3s at Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes)

Back in Your Own Backyard - 1920s and 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton

U.S jazz website, All About Jazz's Budd Kopman, reviewed Greg Poppleton's latest album (CD and mp3) 'Back in Your Own Backyard' earlier this year.

Here's what he says:

Greg Poppleton album cover

"There is something about early jazz before the Swing Era, especially that of the 1920s. Its infectious happiness, innocence and floating lightness, its close ties to Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook and how much this music was an integral part of the times makes it irresistible to almost anyone even remotely interested in the history of jazz.

However, jazz is forever restless, and, even back then, always in search of new means of expression. Those who loved this music pushed back, so to speak, and a number of revivals have taken place over the years. The advent of the compact disc in the 1980s saw a burst of activity by collectors of 78s to preserve this music while introducing it to another generation (see Rivermont Records, Jazz Oracle, Mosaic Records, Frog Records, Timeless Records and Retrieval Records).

The seminal histories of early jazz were written by Gunther Schuller (Early JazzThe Swing Era) and Richard Sudhalter (Lost Chords). A few of the people who have worked to keep early jazz alive are band leader Alex Mendham (see Whistling In The Dark), Vince Giordano and Rich Conaty who hosted The Big Broadcast radio show on WFUV for over forty years, playing jazz and pop music from the 1920s and 1930s until his untimely death late in 2016.

Add to the above vocalist Greg Poppleton from Australia. From the age of three, when he saw Louis Armstrong on television, Poppleton caught the early jazz bug and never looked back; his entire persona reflects the jazz age of the 1920s and the Swing Era of the later 1930s. Not only that, he shares his love of this music over the radio on Phantom Dancer broadcast.

Given the knowledge of the era and the authenticity of performance Poppleton's latest release, Back In Your Own Backyard is real delight, sure to surprise lovers of early jazz that such is happening Down Under, as well as win over "newbies" to the music. The twelve tracks are all very well known tunes, mostly from the 1920s, but with four from the 1930s—The Real Dixieland Book / Tunes Of The Twenties has most of them.

Most tracks are around three minutes, with a few getting close four, each being an almost perfect interpretation of what the song is about. Accompanied by the Bakelite Broadcasters (Paul Furniss: clarinet and alto saxophone, Geoff Power: saxophone, trumpet and trombone, Grahame Conlon: banjo and guitar and Lawrie Thompson: drums, washboard), Poppleton and company get inside each tune with their complete commitment to the style. It would take an extremely jaded heart not to smile and tap your foot, much less dance around the room.

All the tracks are extremely well done, but standout tracks include the plaintive "They Didn't Believe Me" (1914—Jerome Kern/Herbert Reynolds), "I'll See You In My Dreams" (1924 -Isham Jones/Gus Kahn) which will be familiar to any fan of the movie Sweet And Lowdown, the pure fun of "Egyptian Ella" (1930 -Walter Doyle), a "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929 -Thomas "Fats" Waller/Andy Razaf) which would make Fats himself jealous and low-key version of "Makin' Whoopee" (1928 -Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn).

Every second of Back In Your Own Backyard is as authentic as can be, making listening to Poppleton and the band not only a joy, but a clear window into the essence of the music of early jazz era."  BUDD KOPMAN, All About Jazz (U.S)






Track Listing: Cake Walking Babies Back Home; They Didn't Believe Me; Too Marvellous For Words; I'll See You In My Dreams; Back In Your Own Backyard; Egyptian Ella; When My Dreamboat Comes Home; Honeysuckle Rose; Nobody's Sweetheart; The Lady Is A Tramp; Makin' Whoopee; Yes, We Have No Bananas.

Personnel: Greg Poppleton: vocals; Paul Furniss: clarinet, alto saxophone, Geoff Power: sousaphone, trumpet and trombone; Grahame Conlon: banjo,guitar; Lawrie Thompson: drums, washboard.

Title: Back In Your Own Backyard | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

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We Met Micro-Nation Royalty – The Prince of Wy!

The Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s trio never for a moment dreamt we'd ever be meeting royalty!

To set the scene, we were playing outside a church converted into an art gallery/community centre. The event was a Christmas party for local artists and volunteers...


It was something of a windy summer afternoon, as you might tell from my windswept locks. Jim Elliott on the bass saxophone had to keep a tight hold on his woodwind so it wouldn't go crashing to the ground.


Chuck Morgan played guitar to make up the Greg Poppleton vocals, guitar, bass 1920s trio.


We played in the shadow of the church, now Art Gallery, spire.


What were those poles in the background of the band photos? Here's a better view, and their story...

The 24 poles were created by artist Warren Keen for the Bungaree's Farm exhibition (2012). The poles are carved with dendroglyphs of Aboriginal design as used in NSW to signify burial and initiation sites. More info here.

Now to royalty.

One of the artists who came up to say hello to me and the band said my blue, striped, double-breasted suit reminded him of Duke Ellington.

That's not quite the royalty bit.

The artist had painted Duke Ellington's portrait, while Duke Ellington was touring Australia with his Orchestra in 1970. Duke Ellington tour news clippings.

That artist's name is Paul Delprat.


Paul Delprat, pictured above in a snap I took (with his permission) while we were talking, is principal of the Julian Ashton School of Art - Australia's oldest continuous art school. Paul is a distinguished painter and illustrator. His art hangs in the National Gallery of Australia and in collections around the world. He has also founded scholarships at the Julian Ashton School of Art.

Paul comes from a long line of famous and distinguished Australian artists, including Howard Ashton, Julian Howard Ashton and Julian Ashton CBE.

One of his great grandfathers, Guillaume Daniel Delprat CBE, was a developer of the froth flotation process for separating minerals (something I'm personally familiar with separating and concentration copper, zinc and lead as a young engineer at Cobar Mines in 1980).

And he's THE PRINCE OF WY.

Paul leads a micro-nation. His 'The Principality of Wy' succeeded from Australia, as part of a council dispute turned long-term art project.

We'd met Royalty!!!

For a royal time at your soiree, BOOK GREG POPPLETON, authentic 1920s-1930s singer and band, now.