Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review: Postmodern Jukebox at Warfield

Ever since I discovered Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox on, I have been an enthusiastic supporter of his arrangements of modern songs.

When I attended Lehigh University, one of my electives was to study Jazz. I really enjoyed the music of the 20's and 30's, especially Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. It was disappointing to see how current Jazz has turned into elevator music, ala Kenny G. When I heard Scott Bradlee's on modern songs, I was quite excited, as it reminded me of the Jazz greats. I purchased all PMJ's albums and eagerly anticipated seeing them live.

Today's performance at the Warfield theater was exciting and uplifting. Although they appeared a bit amateurish at times, I liked the eclectic energy and enthusiasm in the band's musicians.

PMJ stared the set with "Fancy" - an Iggy Azalea cover that sounds nothing like Iggy Azalea.

Both Inna and I really liked the concert and all of the talented singers and musicians.

We especially liked Arianna Savalis singing "No Diggity" and Haley Reinhart singing "Creep". Sara Reich also tap danced very well through most of the songs!

The only disappointment was that some of the major singers were not at the Sunday show. This included Scott Bradlee himself, Robyn Adele Anderson, Morgan James, and many others.

We had a great time and hope to see PMJ again!