Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group, Postmodern Jukebox, reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles — transforming Miley Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop into a ’50s-style doo wop number, giving Macklemore’s Thrift Shop a ’20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk’s Get Lucky with Irish folk music, and showing how Ke$ha’s Die Young would work as a classic country tune.
Long Island-born Scott Bradlee grew up with a taste for jazz and classic standards, and he rose to a successful career playing supper clubs and night spots in New York City. After Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of We Can’t Stop racked up over four million views on YouTube, Bradlee and his crew became official internet stars, appearing on Good Morning America and being interviewed on National Public Radio. When not busy with his Postmodern Jukebox sessions and live appearances, Bradlee also served as musical director for the “immersive theater” project Sleep No More.