In order to make audiences listen to rhythms from the past, the Postmodern Jukebox (known widely as PMJ) take songs from today’s and play them mostly in swing and jazz style very common at the beginning of the 20th century.
Weekly, the group (lead by Scott Bradlee) posts a video in its You Tube channel with a total of 3.4 million subscribers and a total of 1 billion views of its channel in the website. Furthermore, the assemble of musicians offer the opportunity to its followers to enjoy the music presented in the channel in live performances in different cities in North America and the rest of the world. The upcoming concerts are scheduled from the month of August until March 2019 and they are going to covered locations in cities like Asheville, Fargo, Cincinnati, Akron, Richmond, Long Beach, to mention some in the USA; and they will also be dates during 2018 in the following cities around the globe: Singapore, Perth, Fortitude Valley, Canberra, Newcastle (Australia), Leicester, Southampton, Paris, Nice, and many others.
Get tickets to any of the events scheduled for the following months, and you will be able to enjoy one of the hot top 40 hits of the moment in different styles that range from jazz, swing and gospel to Motown, soul and ragtime. In a usual concert, the list of songs performed starts with a doo-wop version of “My Heart Will Go On” to end with Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” in a show that gives “the vibe of being at a Broadway show more than just your average concert”.
BiographyThe idea of performing top popular hits in style that differ from the original version was originated when pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee got together with some of his friends musicians and shot videos in his small basement apartment. Stryggling as a jazz musician for years in New York city, Bradlee got the fame and recognition when his first viral video in 2009 consisting of a medley of 80s songs played in a ragtime style. The backing in a tweet of author Neil Gaiman was the starting point of his eventual online popularity.
In 2012, the channel got 1 million views during its first week and 4 million in the very first year, leading the group of musicians to the first televised performance on Good Morning America in September, 2013.
The assemble consisted mostly by Bradlee and Jesse Elder in the piano; Adam Kubota playing the bass; Dave Koz in the saxophone; Allan Mednard in the drums; violinist Davin Wong; Gundhild Carling in the trumpet, trombone and bagpipes and many other musicians are backed up in the vocal part by several jazz performers like Ariana Savalas, Pia Toscano, Robyn Adele Anderson and the videos have counted with the participation of several American Idol finalists such as Vonzell Solomon, Melinda Doolittle, and DeAndre Brackensick.
Due to the success of the You Tube channel, Postmodern Jukebox started touring in 2016 when it opened the Dubai Jazz Festival in company of big artists and like Sting, Toto, Chris Botti and David Gray.
|2018||Jazz Me Outside, Pt. 2||Mud Hut Digital|
|2017||The New Classics||Concord|
|2017||New Gramophone, Who Dis?||Mud Hut Digital|
|2017||33 Resolutions Per Minute||Mud Hut Digital|
|2016||Squad Goals||Mud Hut Digital|
|2016||Swing the Vote!||Mud Hut Digital|
|2016||PMJ and Chill||Mud Hut Digital|
|2015||Top Hat On Fleek||Mud Hut Digital|
|2013||Introducing Postmodern Jukebox||Slimstyle|