Greg Poppleton is self-taught in jazz. He's listened to jazz all his life. His passion is jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s. He's self-taught. So he has his own style. He breaks the rules to create fresh, new, swinging music that makes you feel good.
To his parent’s despair Greg never had any interest in contemporary popular music. So he's totally uninfluenced by it. And with no formal jazz training, his singing style is all his own and as critics in the US have noted 'uncannily authentic to the Swing Era.
Greg does study bel-canto vocal technique. And that's because 1920s and 1930s singers need strong, flexible, expressive voices.
Every day he sings to Pavarotti, Gigli, Bocelli, Carreras, Behle and Bjorling.
The jazz happens when his sings with his Bakelite Broadcasters of world-touring classic jazz musicians. Greg's live shows are spontaneous, witty and lively. He's been called the complete entertainer.
Every couple of weeks he visits opera singer Steve Ostrow for an intense session of arie and lieder.
Steve is a no-nonsense vocal coach from New York City, a student of Gigli and Melchior, he had sung on stage with Pavarotti. Now in his 80s, Steve was the man behind the famous Continental Baths. He launched Bette Midler and Barry Manilow in their pop careers, re-launched Peter Allen's career after rescuing him from a Long Island beach, and booked such jazz stars as Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway and Margaret Whiting into his club, New York City’s hippest night club between 1968-74.
Greg listens to a lot of jazz from the 1920s-30s and beyond. He spends 16 hours every week putting together his multi-award-winning jazz radio show, The Phantom Dancer. Like Greg's live shows, The Phantom Dancer is enjoyed by a passionate audience of jazz and non-jazz listeners .
The Phantom Dancer is a two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. Greg originated the show and has presented it on Sydney’s top community radio station, 2SER, since 1985, when jazz and swing were very dirty words - such is Greg's commitment to the music.
The Phantom Dancer is now heard on over 22 radio stations and online. It has won five radio awards and is currently a finalist in the best music show category for the apex Community Broadcasting Association of Australia annual awards, covering over 200 radio stations.
Greg Poppleton has released six albums of 1920s-30s jazz and swing:
2006 - The Phantom Dancer: Album of the Week: Women's Vintage Radio (US).
2012 - Doin' The Charleston: Album of the Week: 2CH Commercial Radio Sydney, ArtSoundFM Canberra, 5MBS Adelaide.
2013 - Sweet Sue: Album of the Week: 102.5FM Fine Music Sydney, ArtSoundFM Canberra.
2014 - 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 1 (songs from 3 albums) 800,000 YouTube views
2015 - 1920s-30s Background Chill Mix 2 (songs from 3 albums) 60,000 YouTube views
2016 - Back In Your Own Backyard
World's first 2016 International Jazz Day Event, Sydney Festival, Waiheke International Jazz Festival NZ, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Illawarra, Dubbo, Merimbula and Glen Street Theatre Jazz Festivals, Blue Mountains 1920s Festival and many Sydney community and historical events.
Greg Poppleton is an award-winning national jazz broadcaster and DJ. He is a feature film, TV, stage actor and voiceover. He appears on-screen with Nicole Kidman, John Goodman and Adrien Brody.
Please visit the official website for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at http://www.bakelitejazz.com