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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox35.00 €
The work of Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox has been viewed on the ensembles YouTube channel well over a hundred million times. Most of those doing the viewing, however, are not fully aware of the method to Bradlees madness.
On the surface, the method is video clips of full-band performances (thats Bradlee on piano,) shot in the bandleaders living room with a single stationary camera. The madness: pop hits of the present performed à la pop hits of the past. Miley Cyrus „We Cant Stop assayed as a doo-wop number; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis „Thrift Shop tricked out in flapper jazz; Sam Smiths „Stay With Me rendered a 1940s big-band standard.
In fact, Bradlees method runs deeper. Hes educating his audience about 20th- century song styles; hes commenting on the elasticity of the pop form; hes confounding cultural context; hes uniting generations; hes breaking the rules. Hes manifesting postmodernist ideas in his approach to production and business as well as music. But as far as the fans are concerned, its just fun (and sometimes funny). Bradlee himself will tell you, simply, „I re-imagine a song in another style because I want to hear it that way.
Discovering talent and knowing what to do with it is fundamental to the business of music. Bradlee is something of a postmodernist here, too, having achieved renown doing everything himself, mostly online, „with no budget (i.e. using the recording equipment hed had since college). His adherence to the DIY ethos also suggests the decidedly postmodern form of punk rock. „I was a struggling jazz pianist sitting in my basement apartment in Queens, he attests, „but I just figured it out and made it happen.
That said, punk rock is likely not top of mind for those attending a Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox show. The scene is more reminiscent of a speakeasy, with swells in vintage threads swilling Prohibition-era cocktails. „Its a variety show, a musical revue featuring special guests, Bradlee illuminates. „Coming to a PMJ show is like time-traveling back to Old Hollywood its an experience. Creating that for audiences appears to be PMJs ultimate mission.
Veranstalter: Hamburg Konzerte