Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 20th Feb 2018

A station callsign on a 1930s radio broadcast brings to mind Mechanical TV. See and read about mechanical TV here. The wonder of the 1920s. Plus Greg Poppleton brings you a non-stop swing jazz mix with Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Miles Davis and Fred Astaire on The Phantom Dancer. Here the mix hear from 20 Feb. Also heard on 2SER and 23 radio stations. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 13th Feb 2018

Before Timmie Rogers, African-American comedians had to either work in pairs or groups, talking only to each other while playing characters This week's Phantom Dancer has a set by this breakthrogh singer and comedian. We also hear jazz on 1948-49 TV presented by Eddie Condon. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 6th Feb 2018

Jazz composer Duke Ellington's most ambitious work, 'Black Brown & Beige' had its premiere in a high school. After another two performances at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, Ellington never played the entire work again. We hear two excerpts in today's Phantom Dancer mix live over the Blue Network from the 400 Restaurant New York City in 1945. Yes, 'serious' compositions can be entertaining! Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 30th Jan 2018

Pee Wee Russell's unique clarinet sound stretched the boundaries of jazz clarinet. He plays with Mary Lou Williams on 1948 TV in this week's Phantom Dancer. And he was bullied. Over 23 stations and online, The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV with Greg Poppleton. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 23rd Jan 2018

On this week's Phantom Dancer... There's jazz harpsichord by Sylvia Marlow from 1941 radio, a set Duke Ellington's women singers on live 1930s-50s radio, and a set of  1943-45 recordings by Sydney swing band leader, George Trevare, with a track by singer Lawrie Brooks, father of Pulitzer author, Geraldine Brooks. Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 16th Jan 2018

Hearing child prodigies while they were still children is a rare thing. But radio recorded some in the 1930s-50s. We'll hear them on this week's Phantom Dancer. Greg Poppleton presents Baby Rose Marie, Sugar Chile Robinson, Frankie Lymon even Frank Sinatra! Read More

Phantom Dancer :: 12:00pm 2nd Jan 2018

Glenn Miller speaking German? He does on this week's Phantom Dancer - swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio. Plus hear music from 1930s broadcasts by AVRO in Holland and Radio Normandy. See play list, live stream link and video here. Read More