Over the last few years, jazzy covers of modern-day pop tunes with accompanying s-style videos have been trending all over the internet. Many of these covers come from a project by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee, who releases videos under the moniker Postmodern Jukebox that feature modern musicians performing his arrangements while dressed in period clothes. Despite this recent surge in popularity, covering pop songs and re-arranging them using staples of jazz and swing styles has actually been a trend for a while. Musicians past and present have recognized the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities that jazz can offer the pop canon. Merging these two styles opens up a whole new world for experimental musicians and listeners, alike. So, here are eight recent jazzy covers of pop songs that encapsulate this trend. The tight horn band plays along like a New Orleans-style street band, marching through the streets, taking the roots of jazz and intersecting them with the future of African American music—hip-hop. Pianist Taylor Eigsti and vocalist Becca Stevens bolster the melancholy in this classic Elliott Smith with their soulful interpretation that glides along like a funeral procession. Twenty-two-year old multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier has garnered attention from Quincy Jones among other music industry legends for his incredible ear and impeccable improvisation. This is one of the best of the plethora of pop covers that draw from early jazz in particular.
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Reckon jazz is just for connoisseurs and is merely a niche genre these days? Rack up the volume and wallow. With lrving Mills having added the lyric, this remarkable standard has since been covered by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Joe Jackson and Kelly Hogan. In , Calloway famously performed his signature tune in the smash hit movie The Blues Brothers. His fifth album Giant Steps , however, was his first to feature all self-composed material and it remains a must-have record for all series jazz fans. From it is this transcendent, Amy Winehouse -enhanced version of the standard, also covered by legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra and Etta James. But the beauty of C Jam Blues is the inventiveness each player can have while there soloing.