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John Proulx at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill
February 28 @ 6:00 pm - February 29 @ 2:00 amFree – $20
First seating, 6pm-8pm | No cover charge
Second seating, 8:45pm-11pm | Per person cover charge of $20 applies
John Proulx: piano/vocals | Alex Frank: bass | Dean Koba: drums | Tom Luer: Tenor sax
John Proulx, pronounced “Proo”, is thrilled to be joining the Cal Poly Pomona Music faculty this semester! He is the new director of the vocal jazz group, “Polytonix”, the “Soul Ensemble”, and teaches applied Commercial piano lessons.
Based in South Pasadena, CA, John works nationally and internationally as a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, recording artist, and educator. John’s latest CD, “Say It” on the ArtistShare label, features a duet with Melissa Manchester, and three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent. John’s previous three albums on MAXJAZZ have garnered critical acclaim, and John’s fan base is quickly growing. In addition to touring with his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O’Day, Natalie Cole, Melissa Manchester, and Marian McPartland. As a composer, John has had his original songs recorded by many well-known vocalists including Nancy Wilson, Melissa Manchester, Al Jarreau, Mary Stallings, and Deana Martin.
John started music at the age of 3 in Grand Rapids, MI on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His late grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the world of jazz. John’s education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University where he received his Bachelor’s of Music in 1999. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. In 2009, Michael Feinstein invited John to play at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in New York City for a nightly solo piano/vocal engagement. Since then, John has appeared on Michael Feinstein’s radio show on NPR, “Song Travels” as well as on Marian McPartland’s radio show, “Piano Jazz”. John received his Master’s degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University, and is currently a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State University Long Beach.