|Also known as||PMJ|
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Labels||Mud Hut Digital, Concord Records|
Postmodern Jukebox, also widely known by the acronym PMJ, is a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. Postmodern Jukebox has amassed over 1 billion YouTube views and 3.4 million subscribers.
Each week, Postmodern Jukebox puts out a new video on YouTube. Although originally most were filmed casually in Bradlee's living room, sets became more elaborate over time. The band has covered songs by artists ranging from Lady Gaga and The Strokes to Katy Perry and the White Stripes. Since their beginnings as a small group of friends making music in a basement in Queens, New York, Postmodern Jukebox has gone on to feature 70 different performers and tour five continents.
Postmodern Jukebox originated when Bradlee began shooting videos with his close friends from college in his small basement apartment in Astoria, Queens. This original group included bassist Chris Anderson, saxophonist Ben Golder-Novick, harpist Brandee Younger, and vocalist Emma Walker.
Bradlee struggled for years post-college as a jazz musician in the New York City area before hitting it big with his first viral video in 2009 – “a medley of ‘80s songs done ragtime style.” A tweet from famed author Neil Gaiman was the beginning of his eventual online viral popularity.
In 2011, a precursor to the Postmodern Jukebox concept emerged in the form of Bradlee’s project A Motown Tribute to Nickelback. It was this video that introduced the world to many PMJ featured performers including bassist Adam Kubota, drummer Allan Mednard, emcee Drue Davis, sax / EWI player / producer Steve Ujfalussy (also known as ’90s R&B icon “Steve Sweat” from Saturday Morning Slow Jams) and Tambourine Guy, Tim Kubart.
With over 1 million views in its first week, and 4 million in its first year, Robyn Adele Anderson's cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis', "Thrift Shop" (2012) was Postmodern Jukebox's first viral music video. The breakout track was included on Introducing Postmodern Jukebox (2013) and eventually found its way to a #8 position on Billboard magazine's Jazz Albums chart. This success was followed by her cover of Miley Cyrus’, “We Can't Stop” in 2013, landing the band a performance spot on Good Morning America (ABC) in September.
In late 2013, Postmodern Jukebox was invited into the New York City offices of Cosmopolitan magazine to film a year-end tribute to 2013, covering the year's hit songs with arrangements transitioning through various genres and time periods. The "Just Another Day at the Office" mashup features: Robyn Adele Anderson singing “Blurred Lines”, Cristina Gatti singing "Holy Grail", Anderson and the Tee Tones singing “We Can't Stop”, Karen Marie singing "Roar", Ashley Stroud singing "Royals" and Andromeda Turre singing "What Does The Fox Say?". The production was completed in a single take, and a companion behind-the-scenes video was also produced.
In 2014, guest artist Kate Davis performed a cover of Meghan Trainor's, "All About That Bass" (2014), in Scott Bradlee's living room after three hours of practice. Davis performs and solos on the upright bass while singing the song and recalls the occasion, "I knew the song, probably could have done it on the fly. Maybe that's why it's so funny. I remember thinking it was so funny at the time I was going to crack up, maybe five times." The 1940s arrangement and piano accompaniment is by Bradlee with Dave Tedeschi on drums. The single was a success, catching the attention of Time magazine, Billboard magazine, the Huffington Post and PBS NewsHour. As of February 2017, the music video has over 16,570,000 YouTube views, and the song is track 11 on PMJ's Historical Misappropriation (2014) album.
BuzzFeed featured a doo-wop cover of "Timber," with Robyn Adele Anderson and The Tee Tones fronting, in February 2014. The group's cover of Radiohead’s seminal ‘90s hit “Creep,” performed by Haley Reinhart, was called a “stunning listen” by the Los Angeles Times in April 2015. As of November 2017 the video had over 39 million views, and was their most viewed video.
In 2015, Broadway actress Shoshana Bean became active with the group as a guest artist when Bradlee moved to Los Angeles. Broadway World raved about Bean's performance of Sia's, "Chandelier," at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, and Billboard magazine did a feature story on her Motown makeover of Justin Bieber's "Sorry." Bean joined the Postmodern Jukebox 2016 spring European tour at its midway point. Sara Niemietz first performed with the cast in August 2015, covering the Talking Heads', "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" (1983), PMJ's rendition of "Hey Ya!" (2003) by Outkast, a Dixieland arrangement of Justin Bieber’s "Love Yourself" (2015), and a club-jazz version of the "Pokémon Theme." Niemietz joined the band's Northeastern leg of its 2015 U.S. tour and the entire 2016 European tour. MTV U.K. caught up with the show in London and spotlighted a big band cover version of Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's" (2014) featuring Niemietz on vocals and Sarah Reich tap dancing.
In early February 2016, Postmodern Jukebox covered the late David Bowie’s classic song "Heroes" in honor of World Cancer Day – featuring vocals by Nicole Atkins. The track was sold on iTunes to earn money for the Cancer Research Institute. In 2016, Heineken announced their global partnership with Formula One racing management and in September released its first "If You Drive, Never Drink" campaign commercial featuring Sir Jackie Stewart (the "Flying Scot”) with PMJ’s cover of “Heroes” as the soundtrack. Around the same time, PMJ launched a program called "Reboxed," consisting of new versions of songs that they'd already covered. The first Reboxed song was Niemietz (and the Sole Sisters) singing "Bad Romance" which had previously been sung by Ariana Savalas (feat. Sarah Reich tap dancing). Adweek went on to feature Bradlee as one of "20 Content Creators Who Are Setting the Bar for Creativity in 2016."
List of songs performed (incomplete)
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The 2016 tours included three continents: 1) a 75-date European tour at Vicar Street in Dublin, Ireland, wrapping on June 3, 2016 in Athens, Greece. 2) A 16-city Australia/New Zealand tour, which kicked off on August 29, 2016 at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, wrapping on September 20, 2016 at the Perth Concert Hall. and 3) a 45-stop fall North American tour, kicking off on September 29, 2016 at the Vets in Providence, Rhode Island, and wrapping on November 27, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona.
PMJ made its first visit of South America in August 2017, with four dates in Brazil and one in Argentina.
Creator and founder
- Scott Bradlee – piano, arrangements
The band has featured the following artists as guest musicians:
- Jesse Elder – piano
- Adam Kubota – bass
- Allan Mednard – drums
- Allen Hunter – bass
- Andrew Gutauskas – saxophone
- Ben Golder-Novick – saxophone
- Bennett Miller – bass
- Brandee Younger – harp
- Chip Thomas – drums
- Cynthia Sayer – banjo
- Dave Koz – saxophone
- Dave Tedeschi – drums
- David Wong – violin
- Erm Navarro – trombone
- Gunhild Carling – trumpet/trombone/bagpipes
- Jacob Scesney – flute/saxophone/clarinet
- James Hall – trombone
- Jason Prover – trumpet
- Jay Ratmann – clarinet
- Joe McDonough – trombone
- Kate Dunphy – accordion
- Kylan deGhetaldi – piano
- Lemar Guillary – trombone
- Michael Sailors – trumpet
- Mike Cottone – trumpet
- Molly E. Fletcher – violin
- Nick Finzer – trombone
- Ric Becker – trombone
- Robert Edwards – trombone
- Sean Clapis – guitar
- Sean Condron – banjo
- Seth Paris – saxophone
- Stefan Zeniuk – woodwinds
- Tim Kubart aka "Tambourine Guy" – tambourine
- Tom Abbott – clarinet/saxophone
- Tom Luer – saxophone
Several former American Idol finalists have found success as part of Postmodern Jukebox’s ensemble, including Vonzell Solomon (season 4), Blake Lewis (season 6), Melinda Doolittle (season 6), Haley Reinhart (Season 10), Casey Abrams (Season 10), Thia Megia (season 10), and DeAndre Brackensick (season 11). Four Season 14 finalists have also performed lead vocals for the group: Joey Cook, Rayvon Owen, Clark Beckham, and JAX. Additionally, vocalists Aubrey Logan, Von Smith, and Brielle Von Hugel are Idol alums who went through the audition process but did not advance to the finals in any season.
Xavier Woods appeared in the cover of What Is Love, with his trombone "Francesca" and later recorded a video that was released on his channel (UpUpDownDown), in which they cover the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.
The band has featured the following artists as guest vocalists and performers:
- Ada Pasternak – vocals & violin
- Addie Hamilton – vocals
- Alisan Porter – vocals
- Amber Eyes - vocals
- Annie Goodchild – vocals
- Anissa Lee – tap dancing
- Ariana Savalas – vocals
- Ashley Stroud – vocals
- Aubrey Logan – vocals, trombone
- Austin Creed – Trombone
- Bernard Taylor – vocals/Tee-Tone
- Blake Lewis – vocals
- Brielle Von Hugel – vocals
- Candice Parise – vocals
- Caroline Baran – vocals
- Casey Abrams – vocals, bass, melodica
- Chloe Feoranzo – vocals & clarinet 
- Christopher Erk – tap dancing
- Clark Beckham – vocals
- Cunio - vocals
- Cristina Gatti – vocals
- Dani Armstrong – vocals
- Daniela Andrade – vocals
- DeAndre Brackensick – vocals
- Devi-Ananda – vocals
- Emma Hatton – vocals
- Emily Braden – vocals
- Emily West – vocals
- Gerard Giddens – vocals/Tee-Tone
- Grace Kelly – vocals, saxophone, swing dancing
- Gunhild Carling – vocals, recorder, trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, tap dancing, harmonica, piano, drums
- Haley Reinhart – vocals
- Hannah Gill – vocals
- Holly Campbell-Smith – vocals
- Ivonne Acero – vocals
- Jasmin Walker – vocals
- JAX – vocals
- Jennie Lena – vocals
- Jerome Cohen – vocals/Tee-Tone
- Joey Cook – vocals, ukulele, and accordion
- Karen Marie – vocals
- Kate Davis – vocals, bass
- Kelley Jakle – vocals
- Kenton Chen – backing vocals, vocals
- Kiah Victoria – vocals
- Ksenia Parkhatskaya – swing dancing
- Lara Johnston – vocals
- Lauren Molina – vocals, cello
- LaVance Colley – vocals
- Lisa Gary – vocals
- Luke Edgemon – vocals
- Maiya Sykes – vocals
- Mario Jose – vocals
- Matt Bloyd – vocals
- Mayré Martínez – vocals
- Melinda Doolittle – vocals
- Melinda Sullivan – tap dancing
- Miche Braden – vocals
- Morgan James – vocals
- Mykal Kilgore – vocals
- Natalie Angst – vocals
- Niia – vocals
- Nicole Atkins – vocals
- Noah Guthrie – vocals
- Olivia Kuper Harris – vocals
- Puddles the Clown – vocals
- Rayvon Owen – vocals
- Robyn Adele Anderson – vocals
- Sara Niemietz – vocals
- Sarah Reich – tap dancing
- Sarah Marie Young – vocals, ukulele
- Scout Ford – vocals/Tee-Tone
- Shoshana Bean – vocals
- Tara Louise – vocals
- Thia Megia – vocals
- Tickwanya Jones – vocals
- Tomasina Abate – vocals
- Tony DeSare – vocals
- Von Smith – vocals
- Vonzell Solomon – vocals
- Wayne Brady – vocals
- Wilkie Ferguson – vocals
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Notes|
|Jazz Albums||Top Heatseekers||Top Independent Albums|
|2013||Introducing Postmodern Jukebox (EP)||8||31||—|||
|2014||Twist is the New Twerk||4||7||48||#16 on Billboard Jazz Albums: Year End 2015.|
|Clubbin′ With Grandpa||4||—||—|
|Saturday Morning Slow Jams||—||—||—|
|Historical Misappropriation||3||7||43||#20 on Billboard Jazz Albums: Year End 2015.|
|A Very Postmodern Christmas||7||22||—|
|2015||Selfies on Kodachrome||6||—||—|
|Swipe Right For Vintage||5||19||—|||
|Top Hat On Fleek||6||20||—|||
|2016||PMJ And Chill||10||—||—|||
|Swing the Vote||11||—||—||Jazz Albums, May 7, 2016|
|The Essentials||—||—||—||Compilation album|
|2017||33 Resolutions Per Minute||—||—||—|
|New Gramophone, Who Dis?||—||—||—|
|The New Classics (Recorded Live!)||—||—||—|
|2018||Jazz Me Outside Pt. 1||—||—||—|
|Jazz Me Outside Pt. 2||—||—||—|
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POSTMODERN JUKEBOX actually originated as a musical concept created by our bandleader/pianist Scott Bradlee," lead singer Robyn Adele Anderson told Pipe Dream last year. "He came up with the term some years ago when he first started covering songs in different genres. I loved the idea but didn't get involved until February of  when Scott first asked me to be in a video (our vintage 'Thrift Shop' cover) and we've continued to make videos together ever since.
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Robyn’s actually my girlfriend. We dated for about a year before I put her in one of the videos, too. “Thrift Shop” I wasn’t even familiar with at the top, and she was one day just sort of singing it in jazz style. I thought, We should do video of this. And we did and posted it. It was her first video singing in public. And that has over 2 million views now.
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The idea was to take Meghan Trainor's hit song, which preaches self-acceptance, and jazz it up in the Postmodern Jukebox style. "But I'm here to tell you," the song says, "Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top."
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As for Bean—good lawd, this gal can saaaang. Already one of the musical theater world's favorite "Elphabas" (from WICKED, of course), this flawless-sounding, remarkable soul diva feels right at home with PMJ's vintage sounds. Along with her slinky soul viral hit cover of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," (which she thankfully recreated for the concert), she also blessed the audience with outstanding, jaw-dropping covers of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
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The YouTube superstar is just about to hit the road on her first tour of Great Britain, Scandinavia and Europe as lead singer of the group Postmodern Jukebox.
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Caroline Baran, who is just 14 years old, is blessed with an incredible voice. The PMJ team was so impressed with the voice of this little girl during their #PMJ search contest that they immediately booked her and her mother’s ticket to Los Angeles so that she could record a PMJ video with them.
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Haley Reinhart from Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox performs at L'Alhambra on March 12, 2015 in Paris, France.
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The folks at Postmodern Jukebox have a new video out, but this time around there’s no old-timey cover of a new-fangled tune. Instead, we get a dance—specifically, a tap dance, one that sees renowned tapper Sarah Reich shuffle and shimmy her way through the Star Wars soundtrack
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Was there a Darth Bojangles?
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