Postmodern Jukebox European Tour

For the last four years I have been working for Holland America Line playing music in the show band. I have been doing this as a sideman and as the Musical Director. During September of this year (2017) I was asked to take part in a trial of a brand new project with them. It was to test the idea of franchising Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox on board their luxury Cruise Ships. It is a fantastic idea! For anyone not familiar with them Click Here to go to their website and Here to go to their youtube channel. In short they play top 40's music in vintage styles ranging from 30's Trad Jazz, all the way to Motown and the occasional Rock and Roll grove. 

Needless to say I JUMPED at the chance to work on this project. Having followed PMJ since they popped up on my radar in 2013, I was very excited to be meeting and working with the PMJ team, including Scott Bradlee - Creator, Jesse Elder - Musical Director, and well as the three wonderful singers they brought, 'Jack' Dani Armstrong (Also known as Jackie Dan - to me), Mykall Kilgore, and Lisa Gary. On top of these great musicians, I was working with some of the finest musicians that Holland America Line supplied for the trial. These legends were Zack Brown on Bass and Tom Jorgensen on Drums. It was a fabulous team and from day one - Jet lag and all - We were making some great music. It, of course, helped that HAL were treating us like celebrities! ha. 

The whole month was a fantastic experience and we all made some beautiful music playing brilliant arrangements, made some great new friends and had an all around great time. As a result of a great hang and play with the PMJ guys I have since been asked to join the band for their European Tour next year (2018)!! It's a fantastic opportunity and I can't wait to hit the road with the PMJ team! Check out my Live Shows page for the dates, starting February 16th 2018. Tickets can be found on the Postmodern Jukebox website.

Be sure to follow all of the guys in the band...  @pmjoffical - Scott Bradlee @scottbradlee - Jackie Dan Armstrong @jackdanisings - Jesse Elder @jesseelder - Zack Brown @zdbrown847 - Tom Jorgensen @tjsound - Mykal Kilgore @mykalkilgore - Lisa Gary @lisagarymusic - They are all legends!


Mike Chisnall
Guildhall Mmus Intermission

I have now finished a fantastic term at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I have been on the Postgraduate course, studying Jazz Guitar. What a term it has been! After being away from studying for the last five years, it has been an absolute joy to be learning from some of the Uk and Europe's finest Jazz musicians. I've covered everything from playing standards, modal and functional harmony, composition, chord voicing and even studio playing. Some how a few gigs have even been crammed in there! It's been a fantastic few month and I'm thrilled to have been studying there. I have just decided to take a year long intermission on my studies. As of February I will be touring with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox throughout the UK and Europe. This four month long tour will be a wonderful experience and thanks to the help of the team at Guildhall I will be taking some time out of school to be able to be a part of the PMJ group. Thanks for everything Guildhall and I'll see you in 2019! :)

Mike Chisnall