I came across Post Modern Jukebox for their great cover of George Michael’s Careless Whisper (at the time, I was practicing that melody myself, badly, on guitar). They are a rotating musical collective playing current songs with a 1930s jazz twist, brainchild of New York jazz pianist Scott Bradlee. My daughter and I got into watching their prolific output on YouTube. Try Haley Reinhart singing Radiohead’s Creep or again singing All about the Bass with a three other vocalists.
They are still on a UK tour. We saw them in snowbound Birmingham on 2nd March. For me the star was diminutive, understated clarinettist and saxophonist Chloe Feoranzo. I did not get the names of the guys – the bassist, the trombonist and the tap dancer. The other singer shown below is Dani Armstrong (the linked video is not official – the best I could find is shot from the audience in another performance). The unnamed pianist in this performance was not Scott Bradlee (a real franchise this operation!). Ahead of Dani’s Chandelier, he slowly captured the audience’s attention by building a series of cadenzas, subtly shifting the key with each iteration. Not pictured here is Emma Hatton, English singer who took on Haley Reinhart’s numbers on this tour.
These were drawn afterwards from memory and poor quality shots taken on my phone from far away.
As I say, PMJ is not a band but an ever-changing collective. I would like it if they gave more credit to the singers and musicians they recruit as they roll through each country on tour. They deserved the plaudits and I have had to scour the net and twitter to identify those I could.
You put me on to PMJ in an earlier post and I have since spent many happy times watching their YouTube videos. I think Careless Whisper is one of their best also Despacito which is usually sung entirely in Spanish by Luis Fonsi. PMJ bring a whole different approach.
Great post and great drawings, Neil. Hope you are well.
Nice work! 🙂