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!

Have us at your place! Visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.

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.

dancers and 1920s Greg poppleton jazz band Greg Poppleton 1920s band with the
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.

Illawarra Jazz Festival

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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!

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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.