Photos: Greg 'Swingin' At The Speakeasy', 26 April, Palmer and Co.
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....
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Photos Gin Mill Social 21 April
Greg Poppleton opened the final Gin Mill Social to be held at Slide with a 75 minute set of 1920s jazz, Charleston and hotcha...
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1920s - 1930s Jazz Swing Show
Master Builders' Club, Wollongong
Greg Poppleton, 1920s – 30s singer and band, returned to The Builders Club Wollongong, Sunday 16th April.
It was the second show on the band’s Easter Tour 2017, with a enthusiastic audience in The Basement at The Builders...
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1920s - 1930s Jazz Swing
Show at Penrith RSL
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24 March Gin Mill Social Photos with Greg Poppleton Band
Greg Poppleton and band opened the 24 March Gin Mill Social with plenty of rhythmic 1920s hotcha.
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Harbour Cruise Wedding with 1920s Jazz and Dance
I took some photos of the band and the... read on at Greg Poppleton's Radio Lounge Blog
Greg Poppleton Interviewed By UK Radio Legend Jono Coleman
Greg Poppleton at Jazz Club Foundry 616
Inner West Courier News Article
Radio Icon Bob Rogers Interviews Greg Poppleton
2SER Breakfast Interview with Jess Klajman - Foundry 616 Show, Thurs 19 January. TICKETS
Foundry 616, Thurs 19 January, 1920s-1930s Jazz Show - Scene Street Magazine
Veteran Music Journalist Stuart Coupe Interviews Greg Poppleton About New Album
Christmas Carols in the Garden - Fairfield Museum
St George Auditorium Show - Newspaper Article
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD MUSIC PIC WEEKEND 14 - 15 MAY 2016
2016 Illawarra Jazz Festival
Illawarra Mercury - 30th Illawarra Jazz Festival
ABC Central Coast Breakfast:
Greg Poppleton inteviewed by Scott Levi for 2016 International Jazz Day
2016 International Jazz Day Interview with Mitch on 107.3 2SER Sydney Breakfast
World's First 2016 International Jazz Day Concert - Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
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Sixth annual Waiheke International Jazz Festival draws Easter crowds
by GEORGE GARDNER MARCH 29 2016
NZ TELEGRAM - WAIHEKE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016
Feature Article - Sydney Morning Herald Metro
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer. As this feature article in the Sydney Morning Herald Metro attests, Greg Poppleton has had a passion for the music exclusively since he first heard Louis Armstrong at the age of 3...
Glory Days vintage magazine interview
Doin' The Charleston album now on sale in Glory Days emporium...
Scott Joplin Ragtime Show - Glen Street Theatre
Feature Interview - Antiques and Collectibles Magazine
Kevin Jones Review - 102.5 Fine Music Magazine...
Hurstville discovery festival
1920s Charleston Dance Challenge
THE BOOMER BLOG: 04 FEBRUARY 2014
By JOHN ROZENTALS
Leura puts on the perfect day for a charleston record
The same day last year it was so cold and windy in Leura that the flappers only took off their overcoats long enough to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of costumed people dancing the charleston.
Last Saturday was a complete contrast warm, sunny, bright and still as the crowd of locals and visitors milled along The Mall, inspecting vintage cars, dropping into cafés for a morning fix or just psyching themselves up for five minutes of kicking up their heels while trying to better the record of 276 set last year.
And break it they did, even without my help. I think 319 registered participants was the final figure, more than enough to raise the bar a few notches. Among them was ABC Collectors presenter Claudia Chan Shaw, a self-confessed 1920s fashion tragic.
Festival ambassador Charlotte Smith, owner of the Darnell Collection of International Vintage Couture, was on hand to help Claudia give out the various prizes for dress and dancing.
It was an inspiring start to the 2014 Roaring 20s and All That Jazz Festival, which runs in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon until 23 February.
As was the inaugural Long Lunch in Leura, with more than 150 sitting under a stretched-out marquee and The Mall’s grassy median strip. The hamper boxes were simply brimming with locally sourced delights antipasto with locally grown vegetables from Leura’s Princess Pantry; cold cuts of slow-roasted meats from the ovens of Vesta at Blackheath; fresh tossed salads from Wentworth Falls’ restaurant Nineteen23; cheese and fruit from The Carrington Cellars and Deli; and a wickedly indulgent dessert from Josophan’s Fine Chocolates in Leura.
Then it’s back to The Gatsby for some brief R&R before being picked up by my charming hosts, Lorraine and Roger Allanson, to attend the The Great Art Deco Ball in Katoomba’s spectacular and very historic Carrington Hotel.
I’m told we form quite an impressive trio as we enter the Carrington’s lounge bar. Roger and I reckon it’s because we’d make such fine Chicago stand-over men, but Lorraine cuts us down to size: “You’re both just lucky to have been with me.” Touché.
And it really is a grand venue, with superb entertainment provided by a LOCAL LEGEND, Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters. A wow of a night.
No, it's not The Great Art Deco Ball, but it is Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcaster on stage at The Carrington. And yes, the clock does always say it's 9pm. Or is that 9am? What do you mean it's time to go home?
7-Piece Swing Orchestra with Australia's best...
FIVE STARS - eJazzNews Review (US)
Greg Poppleton (1920s & 1930s style vocals) Bob Henderson (tpt) Paul Furniss (as, ts, clarinet) Matt Baker (piano, tracks 2,5,7) Peter Locke (piano) Dieter Vogt (bass) Joel Davis (1927 drum kit and temple blocks)
This recording of swing era tunes from 1926-1939 is a pleasant departure from my BeBop roots. This music was the precursor of the big bands of the '40s and the 'modern' jazz that followed.
"If I Could Be With You" saunters along with Bob Henderson's trumpet opener having a whisper of dixieland. Poppleton's vocal is truly representative of the era.
Jump time with "My Blue Heaven" Henderson's trumpet solo again in a dixie bag and he jumps on this tune like it was something good to eat. Poppleton's vibrato filled vocal again captures a moment in time and then some.
"Anything Goes" and it sure does in this day and age, the lyrics are certainly apropos to both now and then. Greg Poppleton's in fine fettle as he swings nicely.
This album is rooted in dixieland more so than the early swing era, but that is not to detract from the intent of this recording. Poppleton's vocals capture the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by John Gilbert
"Don’t you just appreciate pleasant surprises? Especially musical ones! There’s nothing like stumbling across an artist who is fresh, original, filled with musical integrity, and especially one that has a unique perspective on the familiar. Australian Jazz vocalist extraordinaire Greg Poppleton is such an artist; one whom this reviewer can’t say enough great things about.
The album “The Phantom Dancer” by Greg Poppleton & His Bakelite Dance Band is a delightful tribute to the swing era of 1926-1939 and approaches the material with remarkable finesse and a genuineness that places the listener squarely in the lap of nostalgic mystic. Even the artwork and notable liner notes are unfeigned in their approach to the rich history of a period where jazz was the official pop music of the day. Greg & crew has maintained the sound and feel of relatable records by recording live in the studio in one session, so you get all of the energy (and sonic infidelities) – the truth of musicians swinging their hearts out.
And boy do these guys swing! Peter Locke plays the meanest, leanest piano this side of the Australian border and drummer Joel Davis (playing a vintage 1927 kit) is pocket perfect on every cut. Double bassist Dieter Vogt adds a pliant bottom to drape the incredible horn section of Paul Furniss (alto & tenor saxes and clarinet), and trumpeter Bob Henderson. The thoughtful pianist, Matt Baker who sits in on the tender ballads, adds an arrant dash of sensitivity to these magnificent selections. Sprinkling his mystifying vintage stardust throughout the mix is the ever daring Mr. Poppleton, delighting us at every turn.
The set opens with the uncompromising James P. Johnson/Harry Creamer mixer “If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)” allowing the band to stretch out a minute before we are introduced to ‘the voice’ and are firmly indoctrinated into the epoch of reminiscence. This tune is the perfect set up to understand the depth of each musician’s skill and prepares us for what is to follow.
The Gershwin magnet “Do, Do Do” (1926) quaintly follows with pianist Matt Baker perfectly comping Poppleton’s tender delivery. A perfect duet makes this a classic yet again!
“My Blue Heaven” (1927) is a solid toe-tapper. Joel’s hit-hats are singing, Peter’s piano is swinging and the horns are soaring. Greg handles the Donaldson/Whiting composition with a clarity that makes it a vibrant romp 80 years later.
“Love Me or Leave Me” (1928) shows the band peaking at the arc of swingdom! A mellow cascade into the melodic Donaldson/Kahn rhapsody showcases the heart of Furniss and Henderson who share a flaring duet gingerly encased by Locke’s piano strut while Greg sings with the perfect miscellanea of silk and soul. This is my favorite track!
Henderson’s trumpet opens Hoagy Carmichael’s haunting ballad, “Star Dust” (1929). Poppleton takes ownership of the Mitchell Parrish lyrics and the satiny saxophone of Paul Furniss subtly seduces. Henderson returns for a whispering solo. The band takes their sweet time, lingering over every chorus and phrase, making sure you know they are rewriting history. This is the consummate presentation of perfection.
By the time the groove begins “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (1930), you realize that the Bakelite Dance Band is a critical force to be reckoned with. Everyone approaches this bash with ease and frolic where solos abound. Furniss whips out his clarinet and begins to chase Henderson around the studio. Poppleton knows this song like he knows his name. Vogt & Davis swing like a playground and Locke hops in and out of a Double Dutch! Just TRY not to sway to the music. I dare you!
Baker returns for “Would You to Take a Walk” (1931) and you’re immediately captivated by the chemistry he and Greg create, as if out of thin air. Suddenly Tin Pan Alley is right outside your window. As Poppleton scats the melody, he asks, “Isn’t this a pretty tune?” Baker’s sumptuous playing seems to answer, “Why, yes it is!”
A little Cuban synergy etches Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” (1932) with some sultry percussion caressing the horn section and the groove is magnetic. For some reason, Henderson’s trumpet seems distant, either by design or poor placement, but swings incessantly. Furniss is my new favorite altoist. Peter Locke’s beautiful approach to this cut actually made me stop writing to ‘google’ him. I will be following his career from now on! Feel the energy!
How many times have you heard Billy Rose’s “It’s Only A Paper Moon” (1933)? It’s been performed in several genres in a myriad parade of shapes and sizes. Well these guys take it up a notch by boosting the tempo and pumping a tad of funk into the swing. You can actually feel Vogt’s fingers and he dances across the fret board. Out comes the clarinet and everyone is all over Davis’s big beat, bending and stretching and GROOVING – and then we’re out! At 2:25, it’s the shortest cut on disc and my second favorite!
But the fun doesn’t stop there as we revisit Porter’s “Anything Goes” (1934). The horns are delightful, but are somewhat suppressed by Henderson’s trumpet being so far away from the microphone (perhaps this is the same session as “Night & Day” –giving preference to the percussion.) Nonetheless, the guys whiz along without a care and this standard is the better for it.
Brooks Bowman’s “East Of The Sun” (1935) is treated with similar TLC. Drummer Joel Davis pays careful attention to the lockstep Vogt. It’s hard to figure out how they control their energy for ballads like this as they seem to sprinkle and pour just the right amounts of snap into the groove for the solos and then pull back in time for Poppleton to cautiously walk across the lyrics.
The Yiddish “Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen” (1932) – this interpretation highlighting Sammy Cahn’s version features Davis’ bouncing drums and (finally) a solo. The tune perks along and gets you UP out of your seat! Furniss & Henderson make fantastic use of the melody and clarify the definitive phrase ‘ It Means That You’re Grand’ in appropriate style.
“Two Sleepy People” (1938) is gorgeous. The lyrics are placed squarely center stage. The atmosphere is full of comfort and provides fertile space for Locke, Furniss and Henderson to waltz through their solos with discerning repose.
The set ends with the Carr/Kennedy epiphany “South of the Border”(1939). The band moves easily between the dynamics of the Mexican excitement and Big Band Flair concluding with the entire gang singing background with Mr. Poppleton in the final chorus – the prefect end to a great hour of music!
I thoroughly enjoy this CD. It’s fresh and open. The music literally pulls you into yesteryear and reminds you of the infinite palettes jazz offers and a peak into where it was in the late 20s. The musicians are incredible and their presentation is flawless.
Greg Poppleton has captured the essence of the jazz singers of that era and is able to exhibit an originality that make his offering a new standard for tomorrow’s generation. You will be listening to this disc for years to come!"
Tracks: If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight), Do Do Do, My Blue Heaven, Love Me or Leave Me, Star Dust, On The Sunny Side of the Street, Would You Like to Take a Walk?, Night & Day, It's Only A Paper Moon, Anything Goes, East of the Sun, Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen, Two Sleepy People, South of the Border
Musicians: Greg Poppleton (Swing Era Vocals), Paul Furniss (Alto & Tenor Sax, Clarinet), Bob Henderson (Trumpet), Peter Locke (Piano), Matt Baker (Piano - Tracks 2,5 & 7), Dieter Vogt (Double Bass), Joel Davis (Vintage 1927 Drums)
Reviewed by: Gerald H. Beulah, Jr.