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Friday, November 17th, 2017
If you haven’t heard modern swing phenomenon Postmodern Jukebox play their genre-bending interpretations of today’s biggest hits — a jazz rendition of Meghan Trainer’s “All About that Bass,” anyone? — you are in for a treat. Postmodern Jukebox is the brainchild of pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee, who began to test his musical creativity by rewriting 1980s pop tunes as jazz, swing and ragtime arrangements. After posting solo video performances of these remakes on YouTube in 2009, Bradlee became a virtual sensation. By 2013 Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox’s revolving cast of 50 musicians were posting a new video each week and attracting tens of thousands of views. Today, more than 160 videos later, Postmodern Jukebox’s YouTube channel boasts 1.9 million subscribers and more than 400 million views. In just four years the band has released 12 albums, including last year’s “Top Hat on Fleek,” which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart. As Bradlee recently told Parade.com, Postmodern Jukebox is a “musical time machine,” taking their multi-generational audiences down a weirdly nostalgic road without ever straying very far from today’s pop favorites.