I met Scott Bradlee after his Postmodern Jukebox performance at Bemus Point, NY. I had to congratulate him in person on the tremendous success he has found not only as a musician, but also as someone doing something innovative in the music industry these days.
Scott Bradlee takes popular songs from today and yesteryear and reinvents them in a jazzy style, complete with extremely popular YouTube videos which get millions of hits.
Why? Because they’re top-notch, from the singing to the musicianship, and the arrangements to Bradlee’s lively piano playing.
So who is Scott Bradlee, and where did he come from? Born in Long Island, NY, he became a jazz fan and eventually found work in NYC’s jazz scene as both a performer and a music director. His brilliant move to set himself apart from every other pianist in the city was when he mixed pop music with ragtime-style piano as well as taking a song from one genre–say, rock, for instance–and giving it a different musical genre spin, such as “Motown” or “New Orleans jazz.”
Being that NYC is a collaborative place for musicians to meet and work together, Bradlee formed a group called Postmodern Jukebox in 2013. Basically, he’s at the center with his piano, and a rotating mixture of musicians and singers produce YouTube videos with him of pop songs re-done in a jazz, ragtime and swing style. The result? A chance to literally tour the world, as this has proven to be successful.
Do a YouTube search of Postmodern Jukebox and you’re able to find lots of great covers; here are three to give you an idea of the group’s sound and cool visual vibe…
Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”
Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One”
Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up”
Visit www.postmodernjukebox.com to learn more about this vibrant collective of magnificent music makers. –Mark Weber Music Blog