Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters release new LP ‘Sweet Sue’



Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters have released their latest LP record, titled, “Sweet Sue.” The record is comprised of 15 tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour. A return to the popular, early jazz era of the ’10s, Roaring ’20s and 1930s, “Sweet Sue” is great music performed the way it hasn’t been done in a hundred years, and it’s creating exclamation points among critics and music fans alike everywhere it goes.


Australia’s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (who take their name from a plastic created in 1907 used largely in radios) are not another latter-day swing-revival big band. This sound is earlier than Glenn Miller’s. This is music F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby might have listened to, and it is entirely legitimate. Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters are a genuine crew of “old souls,” if any performer could ever be called such.


Poppleton himself cites as main artistic influences a top-shelf roster: Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly, Rudy Vallee, Annette Hanshaw, Bing Crosby, Rudi Schuericke, Alberto Rabiagliati, Skinnay Ennis, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa, Cab Calloway, Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, and Jim Davidson and his ABC Dance Orchestra.


To those who don’t know, the above list should at least prove that Poppleton isn’t coming from the usual crowd of fanboys familiar with names like Krupa, James, Dorsey, and Goodman, all of whom are exceptionally popular titans of jazz by any account. But to those who do know, it’s positively clear that Poppleton is a man of exceptionally good taste who really knows his records.


When asked what possible message their new album may have in store for listeners, Poppleton states proudly, “’Sweet Sue’ is a shared acknowledgement between listeners and Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters as to how we choose to fit in the contemporary music scene: ‘Vive la différence!’”


Ironically, the Broadcasters aren’t finding such differences to be anything but a boon. Their 2012 LP, “Doin’ the Charleston,” has become one of a very elite clutch of independent jazz records to be played on modern commercial radio. It has been listed as CD of the Week and Jazz CD of the Week on flagship metropolitan radio stations. They were Jazz Finalists at the 2013 MusicOz Awards.


Also very much of note is the live essence of their “Sweet Sue” recording. Every take is entirely recorded live as a band, all at once as it was done in the 1920s and for decades afterward. The studio was cramped, forcing Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters to play barefooted, as their tapping feet were being picked up by microphones. Alternative takes have been included on the record as an added treat for their fans, many of whom may not have ever heard how the performance of a jazz number will shift from show to show.


“[The alternative takes] show that Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters never play the same song the same way twice,” writes a Poppleton representative. “It’s real improvised jazz and swing – keeping this collection of classics from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s energetic, exciting and fresh. We sincerely trust you’ll enjoy, ‘Sweet Sue.’”


“Sweet Sue” by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is available online worldwide. Get in early.


-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer





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