MC For The Centenary Of Recorded Jazz Ball

2017 is the official Centenary of Recorded Jazz. The first jazz record was recorded and released in 1917 (though there is a contender from 1916 called "That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland").

Jazz promoter Robert Scheltema de Heere re-booked me to MC his 100 years of jazz on record concert. I had MC'd his Jazz Band Ball last year.

I also sang the 1920s classic, 'Cake Walkin' Babies From Home', with Geoff Power's Classic Jazz Band.

The concert was held in the majestic Art Deco Petersham Town Hall in Sydney. Petersham Town Hall was built in 1937-38  in the Inter-War Stripped Classical Style. Similar buildings in the style include Finland's parliament house. The concert was held in the majestic Art Deco Petersham Town Hall in Sydney. Petersham Town Hall was built in 1937-38  in the Inter-War Stripped Classical Style. Similar buildings in the style include the Finnish parliament building in Helsinki.

Petersham Town Hall's largely intact Art Deco interiors has made it a popular filming location for film and television. Scenes for Baz Luhrmann's breakout film, Strictly Ballroom, were shot here in 1992Petersham Town Hall's largely intact Art Deco interiors has made it a popular film and movie location. Scenes for Baz Luhrmann's breakout film, Strictly Ballroom, were shot here in 1992.

Here I'm posing in the foyer with the 'All About Swing' swing dance troupe. I'm standing next to one of the school's principals, Siobhan FordHere I'm posing in the foyer with the 'All About Swing' swing dance troupe. I'm standing next to one of the school's principals, Siobhan Ford (in dark blue).

Backstage with All About Swing (Greg Poppleton L and Matt Adami R)Backstage with All About Swing as they warm-up. (Greg Poppleton L and co-principal, Matt Adami R)

The night opened with Geoff Power's Classic Jazz Band. For the last number of their set I sang 'Cake Walking Babies From Home' as All About Swing swirled and glided across the large dance floor.The night opened with Geoff Power's Classic Jazz Band. For the last number of their set I sang 'Cake Walking Babies From Home' before introducing Paul Furniss' Licorice All-Sorts.

Waiting backstage to announce the duelling pianos of international stars Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt.A photo of the stage I took while waiting in the wings, ready to introduce the duelling jazz pianos of international stars Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt.

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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. Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Paul Baker banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer, Damon Poppleton alto sax.
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.
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. 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
Damon and Dad on the way home after the gig in the back of an old Atlantean bus

Remember, Greg can entertain for you, too. Duo to full 1920s Orchestra. Act now.

Penrith RSL Remembrance Day, Greg Poppleton, Bob Gillespie, Lovelace Watkins and Marion Harris

Greg Poppleton and his band of 1920s - 1930s jazz swing musicians had a fantastic Saturday. We played two fun jazz gigs audiences greatly enjoyed and danced to - Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz, followed by 'Deckers in the Night' at the Sydney Bus Museum.

Saturday was Remembrance Day. At the band's previous show in August I had been asked by Penrith Club members to introduce a suitable song to commemorate the day.

I chose the 1918, armistice year hit, 'After You've Gone', inspired by one of my favourite singers, Marion Harris, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA6ulKFXiTA

I also shot a little tongue-in-cheek Christmas promo for the band's four albums of CDs and mp3s. Please form an orderly queue now to the online Bandcamp shop. See full details in the description below this YouTube video shot live at the Penrith show:
As always, I took some snaps of the Greg Poppleton band for you. The band features some of Sydney's most experienced swing, jazz musicians. All are world-toured.

Drummer, Bob Gillespie, played in the Glenn Miller Orchestra for their 1990s Australian tours as well as being drummer for Maynard Ferguson's English Band and musical director for Lovelace Watkins. You can see him here backing Lovelace Watkins on 'My Way'.
Now for a triple threat (as they say in 'showbiz') of the Greg Poppleton Penrith RSL Remembrance Day show photos...

Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years
Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer

The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.

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Bush Bank Wedding with Greg Poppleton 4 Nov 2017

Saturday night and Greg Poppleton was singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s with his band at Simon and Aleis' beautiful at Bush Bank. Bush Bank is an old dairy farm on the coast just south of Kiama, two hours drive (or train + walk) from Sydney.

Having a live 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing band can make a fantastic difference to your wedding. Having Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer and band gives you the biggest emotional impact.

I took some photos to show you. In the meantime, find out about having Greg Poppleton at your wedding...


Dancing to Greg Poppleton and his 1920s - 1930s band at Simon and Aleis' perfect wedding, Bush Bank, Kiama.

The Illawarra is famous for its giant Port Jackson fig trees. The area was once a rainforest. The big wedding fig tree at Bush Bank.
The Illawarra is famous for its giant Port Jackson fig trees (and Cabbage Palms). The area was once a rainforest. The big wedding fig tree at Bush Bank.

Greg Poppleton's band of red hot 1920s-30s jazz musicians. (L-r) Glenn Henrich soprano, alto, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone.
Greg Poppleton's band of red hot 1920s-30s jazz musicians. (L-r) Glenn Henrich soprano, alto, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Left, Glenn Henrich baritone sax. Right, Geoff Power trumpet.
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Left, Glenn Henrich baritone sax. Right, Geoff Power trumpet.

Looking out of the marquee at Bush Bank and across the cow paddocks to the Pacific Ocean
Looking out of the marquee at Bush Bank and across the cow paddocks to the Pacific Ocean

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FILM OF THE LOCAL AREA
Set to music from Greg's latest 1920s-30s album Back In Your Own Backyard.

In the band video below, I filmed the crashing waves about a year ago just where you see the white breakers in the picture above. Enjoy the 1914 hit, 'They Didn't Believe Me' by the Greg Poppleton  1920s vocal, guitar and clarinet trio in a contemplative mode. The song is from the band's album 'Back In Your Own Backyard' available from Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes. 
And here's the band playing 'Yes, We Have No Bananas', also from the album 'Back In Your Own Backyard'. And the film was also taken just over a year ago and just at the back of Bush Bank along the Kiama - Gerringong bush walk. Enjoy!

Greg Poppleton Newsletter Nov 2017 - Kiama Wedding and Sydney Town Hall Event

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What's Happening?
Wedding Kiama 4 Nov
Penrith RSL 11 Nov
Bondi Pavilion 15 Nov
Private Event Sydney Town Hall 23 Nov

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Wedding

Having a live 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing band can make a fantastic difference to your wedding, but having Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer and band gives you the biggest emotional impact. We're looking forward to playing a wedding this Saturday in Kiama for an excited bride and groom who were thrilled when they saw the band at the Corrimal Hotel last month. Read Greg's article about the wedding in the photo above, and find out how Greg Poppleton and the band can add real 1920s - 1930s charm to your special day.

Coming to Penrith RSL 11 November

Greg and the 1920s - 1930s band are heading west to one our favourite venues, Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2-5pm. We've been playing at Penrith for nine years and the local jazz club tells us we are one of their most popular bands.

In the band with Greg on Armistice Day:
Grahame Conlon - guitar and banjo (Mellotones)
Stan Kenton - double bass (Mellotones)
Damon Poppleton - alto sax (Anna Vriend)
Bob Gillespie - drums (Maynard Fergusson, Lovelace Watkins, touring Glenn Miller Orchestra)

Dance floor, child friendly, affordable bar and bistro. FREE entry! Drop in for as long as you like - you don't have to stay for the whole show, though most people do. Read Greg's article with photos about the band's August 2017 Penrith RSL show.

Sydney Town Hall 23 November

Greg Poppleton and his 4-piece 1920s - 1930s Jazz and Swing band entertain in a private show with other acts in Sydney Town Hall, 23 November. Greg, singing in real 1920s - 1930s style, will be accompanied by his internationally toured band musicians Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Paul Furniss alto sax and clarinet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard. Book Greg for your event

Could You Get A Fax In 1938?

Yes. WOR New York makes its 1938 announcement about 'Radio Fax' on next Tuesday's Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Every week, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney, online and over 23 radio stations across Australia, Greg Poppleton presents The Phantom Dancer, his multi-award-winning non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. Read Greg's article about 1930s Radio Fax along with next week's Phantom Dancer swing play list and Greg's historic Video of the Week feature.

October Band Photos

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Builders Club Three years at the Builders Club and another fun afternoon with our Wollongong friends. See article »

Dancers Greg Poppleton Illawrra Jazz Club Wollongong jazz
Corrimal Hotel A full house for the whole afternoon as Greg Poppleton and band played for the Illawarra Jazz Club. See article »

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1920s-30s Singer Speakeasy Photos – Builders Club Wollongong Show 22 October

It's always a pleasure to be invited back to The Basement in Wollongong to sing the songs of the 1920s - 1930s with my band - Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

We turn the intimate cellar into a speakeasy with authentic 1920s - 30s vocals and songs.

We introduced some new old songs to the repertoire for The Basement in the Wollongong Builders Club, including The Continental (as sung by Ginger Rogers), My Canary Has Circle Under His Eyes (as sing by Marion Harris) and Singing In The Bathtub (as sing by Winnie Lightner).

I took some photos for you.

We're playing next at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 11 November, 2 - 5pm. FREE!

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Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing singer and band leader
Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing singer and band leader

Damon Poppleton, alto sax, with Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz band
Damon Poppleton, alto sax, with Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz band

Dave Clayton, double bass, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band
Dave Clayton, double bass, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band

Grahame Conlon, guitar doubling banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band
Grahame Conlon, guitar doubling banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band

Builders Club mural, Wollongong
Builders Club mural, Wollongong

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Illawarra Jazz Club 7 October

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!

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Adam Barnard on washboard
Adam Barnard on washboard

Damon Poppleton, alto sax
Damon Poppleton, alto sax

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer

The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel
The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel

Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo
Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo

Jim Elliott, bass sax
Jim Elliott, bass sax

Photos 1920s Gin Mill Social Gatsby Night 16 September

Presented by Slide at Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel on Saturday 16th September 2017.

THE GIN MILL SOCIAL STRIKES AGAIN... A ROARING OLD TIME IT WAS!

1920s Band: Greg Poppleton
Band 2: The Jordan C Thomas Quartet
Showgirl: Missy aka Catherine Wait
Dapper Chap: Mr.Gørski
Hosted by Shanghai Sheba Williams.
Produced by Jeremy 'Jersey' Brennan for Slide Sydney.
Photos by Robert Knapman Photography
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Australia's only authentic 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, dancing with beautifully dressed guests at Sydney's 1920s Gin Mill Social
Australia's only authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton, dancing with beautifully dressed guests at Sydney's 1920s Gin Mill Social

Greg Poppleton and his 1920s trio at the Gin Mill Social: Greg Poppleton singer, Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet and Paul baker, banjo.
Greg Poppleton and his 1920s trio at the Gin Mill Social: Greg Poppleton singer, Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet and Paul Baker, banjo.

Greg Poppleton serenading Missy at the Gin Mill Social with the 1920s classic, Love Me or Leave Me
Greg Poppleton serenading Missy at the Gin Mill Social with the 1920s classic, Love Me or Leave Me

Mr Gorski, juggler
Mr Gorski, juggler

Geoff Power, sousaphone, Greg Poppleton's 1920s Trio
Geoff Power, sousaphone, Greg Poppleton's 1920s Jazz Trio

Gin Mill MC - Sheba!
Gin Mill MC - Sheba!

Missy - The Lady with the Fan
Missy - The Lady with the Fan

Sheba and guests at the Gin Mill Social
Sheba and guests at the Gin Mill Social

Greg Poppleton serenades Missy - The Lady with the Lamp
Greg Poppleton serenades Missy - The Lady with the Lamp

Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you work online. Timed for the magic 53 minutes and 53 seconds. Hear Stereo Mix (free or download) at Bandcamp.

Ever Heard A Metamodern Band? Now's Your Chance

Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club
Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club Derrida said,
“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

I Gave Nicole Kidman A Big Bunch Of Red Roses...

...in the film Moulin Rouge! while she was singing 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend'.

Then she knocked them out of my hand, pushed me backwards and danced over me.

Since then I've appeared in Dirty Deeds in a scene opposite John Goodman, Hunt Angels in a scene with Ben Mendelsohn and an improvised scene with Adrien Brody in Backtrack.

Here's a clip of Nicole and I which I just found online. I give her the red roses at 1:50. Enjoy!

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Greg Poppleton with Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!

Swingin' At The Speakeasy

Wednesday night, 26 April, Greg Poppleton and band returned to Palmer & Co to play at the Wednesday night 'Swinging At The Speakeasy' curated by Pia Andersen.

One couple at the bar, enjoying Greg Poppleton and band, told me that our energetic, swinging, 1920s performance made them think they were back in New York City.

With Greg Poppleton in the band were Paul Furniss clarinet, Paul Baker banjo and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

Sydney swing dance school, All About Swing, headed by Siobhan and Matthew, dress up for Swinging at the Speakeasy and dance to live bands. Free!

Authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton with his 1920s-30s duo to full 1920s orchestra is also available for all your entertainment needs. Request a quote now.

Here are some photos from Greg Poppleton Swinging At The Speakeasy. Photo credits: Pia, Siobhan, Tarsh and Katrina...

1920s jazz trio
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band (Paul Baker banjo, Greg Chilcott sousaphone, Paul Furniss clarinet (out of shot) Swinging At The Speakeasy.

swing dancers and audience
The vibe at Swinging At The Speakeasy as Greg Poppleton played.

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All About Swing
dancers

swing dancers dip with Greg Poppleton swing jazz band
The dipsy doodle

singing to the swing dancer
Greg Poppleton singing to dancer Siobhan Ford

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Greg Poppleton Swingin' at the Speakeasy. Greg is singing the 1920s dance classic, The Charleston, to the All About Swing dancers.

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Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz 19 August

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, the sign in front of the Penrith RSL building.
Saturday Jazz with Greg Poppleton, the sign in front of 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.
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.
Flynn Poppleton sits in on drums for On The Sunny Side Of The Street as Grahame Conlon (g) and Cazzbo Johns (sousa) watch on.

Gin Mill Social 29 July

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 July Gin Mill Social sold out. Greg Poppleton sing through a real 1920s megaphone

The July Gin Mill Social sold out. Greg Poppleton sing through a real 1920s megaphone

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.

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz trio: Greg Poppleton megaphone, Paul Baker banjo, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz trio: Greg Poppleton megaphone, Paul Baker banjo, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone

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Greg Poppleton singing to the bride

Greg Poppleton singing to the bride

Now, back to July’s Gin Mill Social…

Missy stunned with her globe poses and fan dance.

Missy strikes a pose

Missy strikes a pose

Mr Gorski amazed with his fine balancing and juggling.

Mr Gorski balances a bottle on a balloon on a knife while surfing a board balancing on a rolling cylinder

Mr Gorski balances a bottle on a balloon on a knife while surfing a board balancing on a rolling cylinder

The four course dinner was spectacular, as were the cocktails.

The second course

The second course

MC Lou P Lou charmed the crowd.

Mr Gorski and MC Lou P Lou

Mr Gorski and MC Lou P Lou

Of course, being Prohibition, there was a raid!

It's a raid!

It's a raid!

The next Gin Mill Social is Saturday 16 September. Hurry and get your Tickets now before it sells out again.

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Dancing to Greg Poppleton

Dancing to Greg Poppleton

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.