F E A T U R E D P E R F O R M A N C E THE REASON RETRO I S A L L T H E RAGE POSTMODERN JUKEBOX IS A STYLISH MUSICAL TIME MACHINE THAT'S HARD TO CATEGORIZE, BUT EASY TO LOVE. I FALL 2016 | artsLife 57 n at least one respect, Scott Bradlee was no different from any other high school- when it came to music, he just couldn’t relate to the ’90s pop his pals listened to. He liked jazz and swing from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. “My friends weren't into that kind of music,” says Bradlee, 34. “But I wanted to be part of the conversation. So I had an idea.” A musical prodigy, Bradlee began concocting old-school jazz and ragtime piano arrangements of grunge and gansta rap hits. He refers to it today as a "party trick," but admits that it boosted his coolness quotient. These days, Bradlee’s party trick has become an international phenomenon through Postmodern Jukebox, an aptly named consortium of singers and players who’ve conquered YouTube with retro versions of recent chart toppers. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox plays Tues day, October 18 at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $39.50. Bradlee promises that the show, slated to feature at least a dozen entertainers, “will bring people into our vintage universe.” A lot of people are already there. Postmodern Jukebox posts a new song on its YouTube channel every week. Nearly 2 million subscribers routinely tune in to see what the New Jersey-born pianist and his musical cohorts have come up with. Some individual videos have more than 15 million views. And cumulatively, the 150 or so videos posted by Bradlee — many recorded in his living room — have nearly 500 million views.
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