Bookends

American Scott Bradlee is the pianist, arranger and leader of musical ensemble Postmodern Jukebox.
American Scott Bradlee is the pianist, arranger and leader of musical ensemble Postmodern Jukebox.PHOTO: LAMC PRODUCTIONS

Who: American Scott Bradlee is the pianist, arranger and leader of musical ensemble Postmodern Jukebox, who performed last Friday at The Star Performing Arts Centre.

The 34-year-old formed the group in 2011 as he wanted to imagine how today's pop music would sound if it had been recorded many years ago.

The group, which has performed in more than 50 countries, gained popularity through vintage covers of songs - such as Creep by Radiohead and All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor - on YouTube, where it has more than two million subscribers.

What are you reading?

I just finished reading Q: The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones. It was of special interest to me because Jones has had the ultimate career in music: He performed, wrote, arranged and produced some of the best work in popular music. He created a unique sound and it became the inspiration for a new generation of producers. That's the kind of career I'd like to have.

What books would you save from a burning house?

American Scott Bradlee is the pianist, arranger and leader of musical ensemble Postmodern Jukebox.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

I would probably save The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

It is a children's book, but you cannot read it without stopping and thinking about what it means in your life. It has a beautiful sadness.

• The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (2010, Penguin Books, $27.82) is available from Books Kinokuniya.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 25, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe