Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Everything new is old again nicely describes the retrofitting musical style of Postmodern Jukebox, an ensemble of musicians and dancers who take contemporary popular hits and rearrange them with inspiration from vintage musical genres such as swing, jazz and Motown. Widely known as PMJ, the musical collective has developed an ever-growing collective lineup of more than 70 different performers during its eight-year existence. The group has been touring at a steady pace since 2016.
In 2011, pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee began PMJ as a passion project from his basement in Astoria, Queens. Enlisting the help of some of his close friends from college, Bradlee shot music videos of current rock and pop hits reimagined in earlier musical styles from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘50s and ‘60s. In 2012, their cover version of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” went viral, with one million views on YouTube in its first week and four million in its first year. PMJ’s online performances of popular songs ranging from “A Motown Tribute to Nickelback,” Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop,” Lorde’s “Royals” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” have captured the attention of a worldwide fanbase that propelled the band’s YouTube channel past the one billion-view mark in 2018.
An internationally acclaimed act with more than 22 studio albums to date, PMJ tours regularly and has energized and enlivened audiences at concert halls and festivals all over the world.
The diverse blending of genres and timelines in PMJ’s endlessly creative repertoire means that audiences will hear something new, even if they’ve heard it before.
“(A) good time and exquisite…top-drawer showman- and musicianship. Scintillating…“
– london jazz news
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