Night at the Philharmonic with musicians that started as a 'band of nerds in a basement'

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox -Credit:Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Have you ever wondered what Green Day's punk classic 'Basketcase' would have sounded like in the 1950s?

Yeah, me too. And Scott Bradlee's jazz band, Postmodern Jukebox has the answer. They played the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall last night, Tuesday, April 30, on their 10th anniversary and no pop song is safe from having a ragtime revamp.

From Billie Eilish and Ellie Goulding to Paul Simon and David Bowie, this incredible collection of musicians turns your favourite songs into soulful masterpieces with fun and feeling that will blow you away.

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Tatum Langley's '70s James Bond-style cover of The Weekend's 'Die For You' is now the only version of that song I will accept now. It was a completely captivating, unforgettable performance and a standout moment of the show for me that gave the song an intensity and longing the original couldn't compete with.

This was swiftly followed by our compere for the evening, Rogelio Douglas Jr who gave every fibre of his being to a vintage soul cover of the Kings of Leon's 'Use Somebody' that sparked a standing ovation from the entire audience. Then there is Ashley Campbell's Life on Mars, with her wonderful whispy, Lana Del Ray-esque, vocals and a little Duke Ellington riff on the piano, you will almost be mad at yourself for thinking these were the versions that came first.

And then there is the powerhouse, Sarah Potenza with a cover of Billie Eilish's Bad Guy which is the perfect combination of fun and sultry. And that is exactly the mix for the whole evening as punctuating the mesmerising ballads is the playful tapdancing of Demi Remick to the jazzed-up theme tunes of Super Mario and Zelda and the vintage washboard cover of Tom Jones' 'It's Not Unusual' from drummer Jack Amblin.

It is bass player Adam Kubota who speaks to the audience and tells them of Postmodern Jukebox's 10-year journey from "nerds in a basement" who would beg people to like and share their YouTube videos to touring all over the world. However, what comes over most from Adam, Rogelio and all the performers is the overwhelming gratitude to their loyal fans.

I first saw PMJ in Manchester in 2015, and they are the same slick, sultry, fun jazz band they were then. Even if you think your favourite song of all time can not be improved, you are wrong - and PMJ is here to prove that.

If you missed them in Liverpool, Postmodern Jukebox play Manchester on May 11 and continue their tour of the UK and Europe for the rest of the year, you can see the full dates on their website.

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