JOHN PROULX @ Upstairs at Vitello’s Supper Club
April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$20 – $30
The jazz scene is abuzz about singer/pianist/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, John’s 2009 CD on MAXJAZZ, “Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker” is a tribute to the late trumpet player and vocalist, featuring trumpet Phenom, Dominick Farinacci. John’s latest CD, “The Best Thing For You” (2012), co-produced with pianist Bill Cunliffe, showcases a wide variety of outstanding musicians including 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 John’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 trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O’Day, Melissa Manchester, Michael Feinstein, Natalie Cole, and Marian McPartland.
John is also a Grammy-winning composer. Jazz legend, Nancy Wilson, recorded “These Golden Years”, a song that John co-wrote with lyricist D. Channsin Berry, for her 2006 Grammy-winning CD, “Turned to Blue”. Jazz singer, Mary Stallings, also recorded “Stuck in a Dream” (2005, “Remember Love”), and “Before You Know It” (2010, “Dream”), two songs John co-wrote with lyricist K. Lawrence Dunham. In addition, Deana Martin recorded “Stuck in a Dream” on her latest release, “Destination Moon”. John’s most recent collaboration includes a song co-written with Melissa Manchester for her recent CD, “You Gotta Love The Life”, featuring Melissa along with Al Jarreau on vocals.
John began his formal musical education at the age of 3 in Grand Rapids, MI on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist with the Clyde McCoy Big Band, and introduced him to the world of jazz. Hooked on the freedom of improvisation, his education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University’s Chicago School of Performing Arts. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. He has emerged as a young talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene and loves the wide-range of opportunities the city has to offer.