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With one million total YouTube views, Australia's only authentic 1920s jazz singer, Greg Poppleton, brings his upbeat 1920s, Charleston and New Orleans Jazz to Penrith RSL, Wollongong Master Builders Club and the Gin Mill Social at Slide Darlinghurst for his Easter Tour 2017.
Poppleton, described as Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s jazz singer, is completely uninfluenced by contemporary music.
Easter Tour 2017 dates:
Sat 15 April 2-5pm - Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith. FREE
Sun 16 April 2:30-5:30pm - Basement, Master Builders Club, 61 Church St Wollongong. FREE
Fri 21 April 6:45-11:30pm - Gin Mill Social (with other acts and 3 course banquet). $109+bf
Last Easter, Greg was a headliner at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival in New Zealand.
Poppleton's genuine vintage vocal style has excited full houses at the Gin Mill Social, as well as at the Art Deco Ball of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival five years running Sydney Festival, Thredbo Jazz and Blues, Illawarra JazzFest, The Rocks Village Bizarre and Foundry616 jazz club.
“Jazz is about the here and now,” says Greg. “Even in a show of 1920s-30s songs, everything is improvised on the spot. That makes the music fresh and exciting.”
What’s more, the music is just right for swing dancers and there’s a dance floor.
Greg is a dynamo on stage. He’s an actor in movies like Moulin Rouge, Footy Legends and Chronicles of Narnia.
In TV you’ve seen him in Peter Allen Not The Boy Next Door and Underbelly The Golden Mile. Currently he’s in a funny ad for a radio breakfast show.
Greg is Australia's longest-running swing DJ. His multi-award-winning cult Phantom Dancer radio show, now heard on 22 radio stations across Australia, has been on-air since 1985.
Poppleton says to expect an energetic, upbeat show with stand-out performances by world-touring jazz artists.
Grahame Conlon guitar, Dave Clayton double bass, and 14 year old alto sax prodigy Damon Poppleton are in Greg's band at Penrith and Wollongong.
At Penrith, they are joined by Bob Gillespie on drums. Bob was drummer for Maynard Ferguson's English Orchestra, drummer and musical director for Lovelace Watkins, and drummer for Australian tours by the Glenn Miller and Les Brown swing orchestras in the 1990s.
Penrith and Wollongong are free shows.
At the last ever Gin Mill Social at Slide, Greg will open the show from 6:45pm with Geoff Power on the mighty sousaphone and trumpet, and Bradley Newman at the baby grand piano. After 8pm, you'll be entertained by other acts at the Gin Mill, including a juggler, fan dancer, tappers, acrobatics and a second band.
On the song list will be The Charleston, My Blue Heaven, Tip Toe Through The Tulips, Falling in Love Again and On The Road to Gundagai.
“Absolutely flooring. Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing always hits the spot. So authentic.” - Women’s Vintage Radio (U.S).
“Your great voice, your ability to “sell a song” and your particular energy came across as completely American while sounding Australian! And that trio is an absolute knockout.” - Lance Belville, Writer / Theatre Director, San Francisco.
The Gin Mill Social runs 6:45 - 11:30pm. $109 + bf includes acrobat, fan dancer, juggler, tap dancer, second band and banquet menu.
It’s the the 1920s inside The Gin Mill Social, so dress code: guys in ties, girls in pearls.
For more information, please visit the Greg Poppleton website - http://www.bakelitejazz.com