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Postmodern Jukebox transports Harry Potter to the Jazz Age with toe-tapping covers

Dare you to keep your toes from tapping.


Monica Riese


Posted on Jan 17, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 4:43 am CDT

The lilting “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter movies is one of the most ear-catching soundtracks from the last 20 years, but what if it had come out 60 years prior?

The jazzmasters at Postmodern Jukebox have put their professional retrofication skills to work here, reimagining the iconic tune in a few swinging styles. It’s the toe-tapping enthusiasm of La La Land overlaid on a classic series for fans of all ages, with each instrument getting its time to shine.

The three musketeers of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are hard to top, but you can thank the trio of Mike Cottone (trumpet), Adam Kubota (upright bass), and Scott Bradlee himself (keys) for getting this stuck in your head for the next week.

We’re grateful to have these wizards among us.

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*First Published: Jan 17, 2017, 5:01 pm CST