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Postmodern Jukebox's Aubrey Logan Gives MC Hammer's 'U Can't Touch This' a Jazz Makeover: Premiere

Nick Falangas
Aubrey Logan

Don't tell Aubrey Logan that jazz and pop don't mix -- the singer-songwriter and talented trombone player has heard it before, and she's proving naysayers wrong with cross-genre tracks that bridge the sounds of Herbie Hancock and Bruno Mars. For her latest offering, premiering today (Aug 23) on Billboard, Logan throws it back to none other than MC Hammer's 1990 "U Can't Touch This."

Logan hits every note and rapid-fire rap lyric of the hip-hop classic with her jazzy, four-octave vocal range, accompanied by swing-tinged musicianship, scatting and of course, her own trombone playing. But she chose the MC Hammer hit for a jazzy restyling may be even more entertaining than her applause-worthy makeover.

"I was determined to make a classic hip-hop song in my jazz style, but had the hardest time scouring the '80s and ’90s hip hop Billboard charts to find one I connected with. But one day in the supermarket, I heard MC Hammer’s 'U Can’t Touch This' playing in the produce aisle," Logan tells Billboard of her song choice. "I immediately jumped for joy; started singing along and thinking of ways to re-harmonize the track."

Logan first built up a following through her part in the popular retro musical group Postmodern Jukebox, and has since performed with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Josh Groban. Now, she's stepping out as a solo artist with singles like "Louboutins," "Gossip" and the Motown-influenced "Pistol," and will make her album debut with Impossible, a collection of nine original tracks and three covers that drops Sept. 1. 

Watch the full video of Logan performing "U Can't Touch This" below, and scroll on for her U.S. tour dates.

Aubrey Logan U.S. Tour Dates

Aug 4 - Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place *
Aug 5 - Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater *
Aug 6 - Rogers, AR @ Wal-Mart Amphitheater *
Aug 8 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion *
Aug 9 - Houston, TX @ CWM Pavilion *
Aug 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica *
Aug 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater *
Aug 13 - San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre *
Aug 16 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion *
Aug 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Sep 1 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
Sep 8 - Somerville, MA @ Thunder Road
Sep 9 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
Oct 7 - Seal Beach, CA @ Spaghettini’s
Oct 15 - Orlando, FL @ Disney World *
Oct 24 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Nov 3 - Seal Beach, CA @ Spaghettini’s
Dec 8 - Seal Beach, CA @ Spaghettini’s

* With Postmodern Jukebox