“The world famous Singing Spinning Shellac Dj” Gramophone Gregory & His Imaginary Dance Orchestra provides an entirely different vintage entertainment experience. A one man band for ALL occasions.
“Gramophone Gregory’s singing can easily rank with the voice of Al Bowlly & Rudy Vallee, he croons songs that bring echos of the swing era & yet stays up to date” ~ Mr. Lou Curtiss
Using Hand cranked authentic antique wind-up Gramophone machines let Gramophone Gregory rewind you back to the swinging dance hall days of yesteryear. Smartly dressed & right on time Gramophone Gregory hand cranks swinging dance tunes while singing directly into a Ring Mount Carbon Microphone. A steam powered retro dance party for everyone. Take off your shoes and dance in your socks with a Sock Hop, Lindy Hop or a Foxtrot or to your own dance you make up on the spot, let yourself go with The Charleston, The Tango. Dressed in a shiny Top Hat & Tails Gramophone Gregory peers through round spectacles at a modern world that moves far to fast. His time machine is a pair of portable 1920’s Gramophones displayed on top of an antique mahogany wooden radio console. Slowly hand cranking up the spring loaded “talking machines” he, his dancers & listeners instantly rewind back to a joyful innocent time where guys were Gentleman and gals were Ladies. A spinning, singing, shellac 78rpm DJ straight from another era. A traveling music museum under the direction of Mr. Lou Curiss’s record collection at Folk Arts Rare Records, this one of kind contraption is sure to make you smile and tap your toes. There is something magical that happens when you listen to 78rpm shellac records on a vintage Gramophone. The reissued digitally re-mastered Jazz & Blues CD’s are welcome Christmas presents, but to hear how this music actually sounded back in the day is something deep and indescribable. Gramophone Gregory & His Imaginary Dance Orchestra provides heart thumping volume from these machines by adding a microphone into the gramophone’s HMV patented Soundbox 5A, projecting the music through the console’s speaker. From large dance halls, to small classrooms, to outdoor street fairs and retirement homes, this music can now be heard and felt like never before. Classic Standards such as “The Very Thought Of You” feature special “Live” vocal accompaniment sung using a carbon spring mount microphone, together create an authentic balance of nostalgia. With 78rpm records from the 1920’s all the way up to the 1950’s this “One Man Band for ALL occasions” will make you dance your troubles away.
Upon the modern worlds scene music now exists as an invisible intangible binary code it seems that’s the penldium swings like a dance orchestra back to into focus again using a hand cranked wooden and metal box. The American inventor Emil Berliner is best known for developing the disc record Gramophone and founded The Berliner Gramophone company in 1895. Over a hundred years later these wind-up machines are still running strong and are making a fast return into the ears of many. It is said in life we die twice, once when our physical body departs and the second time we die is when there is no one around who remember who we were. The musicians and music that exist on these fragile shellac records are still alive with us as long as they are being heard and appreciated. Its important for our youth to see and hear where the very first “Walkman or iPod” originated from. Gramophone Gregory wants to share the value of these extraordinary songs that fill you with joy and make you want to dance.
With an American treasure chest of songs under the direction of Mr. Lou Curtiss and Folk Arts Rare Records they are presented every Thursday in September at Artlab Studios on Adams Ave @ 7:30 a free all age retro dance party, come one come all!!!!!
Gramophone Gregory is under the direction of music historian & record collector & record shop proprietor, Mr. Lou Curtiss. http://www.folkartsrarerecords.com
“Gramophone Man” is the original “Portable Wind-Up Gramophone Dj” operating his machines in Sydney Australia. http://www.gramophoneman.com
Photograph taken by www.ma5enphoto.com/