Lakeshore Music presents John Proulx Quartet
- Date: 03/23/2019 7:30 PM
- Location: Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85281
The jazz scene is abuzz about young Los Angeles singer-pianist-Grammy-winning composer John Proulx (pronounced "Proo"). His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. In fact, Proulx's 2009 CD, “Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker,” is a tribute to the late trumpet player and vocalist.
Proulx’s CD “The Best Thing for You,” co-produced with pianist Bill Cunliffe, showcases outstanding musicians Chuck Berghofer, Joe Labarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, Jeremy Boersma, with guest vocals by Sara Gazarek and Michael Feinstein. These releases, beginning with Proulx’s 2006 debut CD, “Moon and Sand,” have garnered national and international acclaim, and his fan base is quickly growing. In addition to his own group, Proulx has performed with Anita O'Day, Melissa Manchester, Natalie Cole and Marian McPartland.
Proulx is a Grammy-winning composer. Jazz legend Nancy Wilson recorded “These Golden Years,” a song that he co-wrote with lyricist D. Channsin Berry, for her 2006 Grammy-winning CD, “Turned to
Blue.” Jazz singer Mary Stallings recorded songs he co-wrote with lyricist K. Lawrence Dunham, “Stuck in a Dream” and “Before You Know It.” Proulx teamed with Melissa Manchester on her CD, “You Gotta Love the Life,” which includes Al Jarreau on vocals.
Proulx began his formal musical education at age 3 in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano. His grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist with the Clyde McCoy Big Band, and introduced John to the world of jazz.