Happy Music Monday All! Today I wanted to throw the spotlight on a favorite of mine. Author Bud Jamie White introduced me to this incredible group when I searched for a new playlist when writing my Diesel period WIP and I’m eternally grateful! Lol So today’s spotlight is on Postmodern Jukebox created by pianist, composer and producer Scott Bradlee! Post Modern JukeBox’s newest release is ‘PMJ Is For Lovers’ – 13 Vintage Valentine’s Day Classics available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify (and on CD in PMJ’s merch store).
Taken from Wikipedia
Scott Bradlee is a pianist, composer and producer best known for being the creator of Postmodern Jukebox, an ever-evolving, revolving collective of performers playing popular music in period styles.
Bradlee grew up in the Pattenburg section of Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey where he fell in love with jazz at the age of 12 after hearing George Gershwin‘sRhapsody in Blue for the first time. He attended North Hunterdon High School.
Bradlee became a successful performer in the New York jazz scene, and served as music director for an interactive, off-Broadway theater experience called Sleep No More.
In looking for creative inspiration, Bradlee began reworking popular music as an exercise. In 2009, he released “Hello My Ragtime ’80s”, which incorporated ragtime-style piano into popular music from the 1980s. After playing and experimenting on stage at his regular gig at Robert Restaurant, he released the compilation Mashups by Candlelight. Bradlee gained popularity in 2012 with A Motown Tribute to Nickelback, a collaboration with local musicians which arranged Nickelback‘s songs in the style of 1960s style R&Bmusic.
In 2013, Bradlee began to work more seriously on forming Postmodern Jukebox, a rotating group of musicians producing covers of pop songs in alternate styles, including jazz, ragtime, and swing. The group burst onto the public radar with their doo-wop cover of Miley Cyrus‘s “We Can’t Stop“, featuring vocal group The Tee-Tones. As the viral surge grew, Bradlee was interviewed by news outlets such as NPR and also performed live on Good Morning America and Fuse. The group visited Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s New York office for a year-end review of their work and popular songs from the year.
Several artists have publicly noted their appreciation for the group’s work. Among the group’s prominent guest musicians are Dave Koz, who collaborated with them in jazz covers of “Careless Whisper” and the Game of Thrones theme music, and Niia, who joined them for a “space jazz” version of “The End of the World“. Postmodern Jukebox’s October 2013 collaboration with Puddles Pity Party on a cover of Lorde‘s “Royals” generated particularly strong interest; as of September 2014, this video remained the second most popular on Bradlee’s YouTube channel with over 8.7 million hits.
In 2013, Bradlee found interest from the video game industry, gaining a composer credit for 2K Games‘ BioShock Infinite soundtrack, which features four of his stylized arrangements: a piano cover of Tears for Fears‘ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (piano and vocals), a jazzy ragtime cover of Gloria Jones‘ “Tainted Love” (arrangement, piano), and covers of R.E.M.‘s “Shiny Happy People” (arrangement and piano) and “After You’ve Gone” (arrangement, piano).
In early September 2014, Bradlee uploaded a 1940s jazz interpretation of “All About That Bass” called “All About That (Upright) Bass”, featuring Kate Davis singing solo while playing double bass, with Bradlee on piano and Dave Tedeschi on drums. The video received 8 million hits in three months. Also in 2014, Bradlee’s YouTube Channel “Postmodern Jukebox” was listed as #42 on NewMediaRockstars‘ “Top 100 Channels”.
In late 2014 to 2015, his band was to tour America and Europe.
Check out more over at Post Modern JukeBox!
Love Yourself – 1920s style ft. Sara Niemietz
Rude – 1950s style ft. Von Smith
I Want It That Way – 70s Soul style ft. Shoshana Bean