Bakelite Dance Band - 1920's and 1930's Band.

A specialist band offering swing jazz music from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Sydney, Australia

Booking Details

Bakelite Band with Greg Poppleton is Sydney’s only authentic 1920’s Great Gatsby  Dance Band which will take you on a trip through time. In an instant, you’ll find yourself at a Roaring 20s dance party where time has stood still.

Ideal for 1920’s, mafia/mobster, Prohibition, Gatsby, Chicago, Hollywood or Charleston era theme parties, or simply as a classic jazz ensemble for the opening of cocktail parties, wedding receptions, top class private or corporate functions and events.

The Bakelite Dance Band specialise in the dance music of the 1920s & 30s. It’s the music they love. And that creates a special atmosphere your guests will love to dine and dance to. Many of the Bakelites are listed in the prestigious Oxford Companion to Australian Jazz. Respected jazz & swing musicians like Ray Aldridge, Chris Taperell, Dieter Vogt, Dave Ellis, Laurie Bennett, Joel Davis, Lloyd Taylor, Bob Henderson, Geoff Bull & Eric Holroyd. All have performed & recorded here and overseas.

They will gladly meet with you before your event (Sydney metro only) They’re happy to make planning for you as easy as possible…Brides, choose your special song for your entrance and/or bridal waltz from the song list below. Have another 1920s & 30s song you want played? Just ask once you have made your booking. If your special song is on a track, they can easily play it for you on the day through their high quality PA.

Collectively, band members have played for hundreds of weddings. You can be confident that your 1920s & 30s music is in safe, experienced hands.

The band keeps their performance times flexible and will fit into your schedule.  They’ll make every song count creating a happy, romantic mood. Guests will dance to their favourites all through the night.

They bring their own high quality sound equipment to your occasion and will play appropriate 1920s & 30s music during breaks. You can use their 1939-style birdcage microphone or the 1929-style crooner megaphone for your speeches. Saving you worry and money.

The musicians all presented in 1930s’ style suit and tie and backed by a real 1927 vintage drum kit.

Band size options:

  • Trio of singer, keyboard and drums: ideal for private parties, boats and small lounge bars.
  • Quartet: add double bass. This would be minimum for cocktail parties and receptions
  • Quintet add trumpet for any size function.
  • Full 11 piece Band

*We can also add 1920’s Dancers please enquire for details.

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Sample Repertoire List

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Ain’t She Sweet?
All Of Me
And The Angels Sing
As Time Goes By
Back In Your Own Backyard
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Brother Can You Spare
A Dime?
Carolina Moon
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?
Don’t Fence Me In
Honey Hush
Honeysuckle Rose
Honky Tonk Train Blues
How Deep Is The Ocean?
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans
I Only Have Eyes For You
I Surrender Dear
I’ll Get By
I’m Coming Virginia
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down &
Write Myself A Letter
I’m Through With Love
Indiana It Had To Be You
It’s Only A Paper Moon
I’ve Got The World On A String
Jeepers Creepers
Just A Gigolo
Just One More Chance
La Cumparsita
Learn To Croon
Love Is Just Around The Corner
Love Me Or Leave Me
Makin’ Whoopee
Mississippi Mud
Moon Song
More Than You Know
Muddy Water
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Blue Heaven
Night & Day
Over the Rainbow
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Pink Elephants
Polkadots & Moonbeams
Rainbow Round My Shoulder
St Louis Blues
Shuffle off to Buffalo
Singin’ in the Rain
Small Hotel
South Of The Border
Sweet & Lovely
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Sue
T’aint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do
The Old Music Master
The Very Thought Of You
The Way You Look Tonight
These Foolish Things
Time On My Hands
Tip Toe Through The Tulips
Two Sleepy People
Us On A Bus
When The Red, Red Robin
Comes Bob, Bob Bobbing Along
Where Or When
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
You’re Driving Me Crazy
We also have 100s of Instrumentals…

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