Great Art Deco Ball!Greg Poppleton and band play their fifth Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. This is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival. Since Greg Poppleton has been the band at the ball, the event sells out earlier and earlier. Again this year, the $149 tickets (including 3 course meal) were sold out soon after they went on sale (by phoning hotel reception only.) Here are my two favourite photos from the 2016 and 2017 Balls. Photo credits, 'Mountain Life'...
Sunday 4 February, Builders' Club2:30-5:30. Free 61 Church St, Wollongong Age 18+ only. Greg Poppleton: 1920s-30s vocals Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo Dave Clayton: double bass (Damon won't be playing sax because the venue is now 18+) What's it like? THE POPPLETON EFFECT © Kerrie Foster, Illawarra Breakfast Poets. "The jazz crowd, they all got excited. Mr. Poppleton was back in town. He brought with him first class musicians, including his son who came down. This lad of just fourteen was brilliant and the spitting image of Dad. The talent will stay in the family. And I know you’ll agree that’s not bad. The way that Greg moves round the audience and picks out whoever he will, and sings to them through his own megaphone; you see the crowds get a thrill. He sings songs from back in the twenties, and he dresses in clothes from back then. The consummate entertainer, we could have him back time and again.
At a TV audition this week I had my portrait sketched by a young artist
Phantom Dancer Radio ShowI've been bringing you the Phantom Dancer on 107.3 2SER Sydney every week since December 1985. It's your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. And it's now heard on 23 radio stations around Australia. Hear The Phantom Dancer: Sydney 107.3 2SER Tuesday 12:04 - 2pm Canberra 92.7 ArtsoundFM Sunday 7 - 7:56pm You can hear each weekly show online at the radio station 2SER website. And as always, the last hour of The Phantom Dancer is all vinyl. Here's this week's play list...
Happy New Year!Doof-doof, rap-rap, yeah-yeah, oo-oo, plink-plonk and strum-strum is not my soundtrack for New Year’s Eve. So I’ll be enjoying the spectacular New Year fireworks here in Sydney with family and friends to a different soundtrack! And you’re welcome to share. These are swing and jazz soundtracks I’ve made for you myself: 1. New Year’s Phantom Dancer radio show: enjoy a two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio. You can stream it right now at 2ser.com. 2. Enjoy these popular mixes of 1920s – 1930s songs from my four albums. Enjoy!
1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 1 Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com
1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 2 Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com
1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 3 Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com
December Band Photos
Community variety shows are such fun. The Greg Poppleton band got the joint jumping in the Lower Sydney Town Hall Ballroom today. A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s played by singer Greg Poppleton and his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians... Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and jazz band, filled the dance floorAnd lots of guests wanted their photos taken with me singing. I managed to get some of the photo takers to capture a few snaps on my phone, too Keeping the beat on drum kit and washboard with the Greg Poppleton band was Adam Barnard. One of the acts I managed to get a photo of while they were rehearsing before the show was The Friendship Bridge Dance Group. I also had my photo taken with the Friendship Bridge Dance Group as the Greg Poppleton band played, 'This Time The Dream's On Me'. There was also Welcome to Country by Aunty Norma Ingram, Cultural Dance and song in a variety of Aboriginal Languages by Terry Olsen, Zumba Flash Mob, Community Theatre with Kelly on piano (who I hadn't seen since last century), Thor the Magician, the St Mary's Cathedral Boys Choir and a wonderful MC. Sydney's popular Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, welcomed the concert goers. She was mobbed as she went from table to table. Geoff Power doubled sousaphone and cornet with the Greg Poppleton band The Greg Poppleton band instruments on stage and sound-checked ready for the show. Paul Furniss doubled clarinet and alto sax. Grahame Conlon doubled guitar and banjo with the Greg Poppleton band. Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer. Operatically trained, entertaining and energetic, Greg puts on a show full of verve and exceptional musicianship by the world-toured band. We play for festivals, clubs, bars and all private occasions. Visit: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
Remember, Greg can entertain for you, too. Duo to full 1920s Orchestra. Act now.
WeddingHaving 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 NovemberGreg 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 NovemberGreg 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 PhotosBuilders Club Three years at the Builders Club and another fun afternoon with our Wollongong friends. See article » Corrimal Hotel A full house for the whole afternoon as Greg Poppleton and band played for the Illawarra Jazz Club. See article » Contact Greg's management, Tony Jex, directly at OzManagement for all performance enquiries, private events and functions: email@example.com
“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