Jazz lovers take note: this is your chance to see and hear one of the hottest new jazz pianists on the West Coast, John Proulx (pronounced Prue), at the Tempe Center for the Arts this Friday, May 25. John sings in a style reminiscent of the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. His most recent album, titled Baker’s Dozen, is retrospective on Baker.
An accomplished composer, John co-wrote “These Golden Years,” with lyricist D. Channsin Berry. The song was recorded by jazz legend, Nancy Wilson on her Grammy-winning CD, Turned to Blue. Jazz singer, Mary Stallings, recorded “Stuck in a Dream”, a tune John co-wrote with lyricist K. Lawrence Dunham, on her 2005 release, Remember Love.
In addition to performing with his own band, which features some of the top session musicians in Los Angeles, John has performed with such jazz greats as Anita O’Day, Natalie Cole and Marian McPhartland. He recently returned from a four-month gig at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in Manhattan.
You’ll find many more arts, culture and entertainment events happening in Tempe this week. Here’s a sample. View a complete listing of Tempe events or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
- May 22: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- May 23: Stu Siefer Combo, Mad Hatter Brewpub
- May 23: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 23-26: World Premiere of Topia, Desert Botanical Garden
- May 24: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
- May 24: A Boy Named Sioux, Cadillac Ranch
- May 24: Jeff Sullivan Live, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- May 24: Penneywise; May 25: Kottonmouth Kings, Marquee Theater
- May 24-June 9: Stray Cat Theatre Presents Heddatron, Tempe Center for the Performing Arts
- May 25: Lakeshore Jazz Series: The John Proulx Quartet, Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 25: Music in the Garden: Chris Burton Jácome, Desert Botanical Garden
- May 25 & 26: Arden Myrin & Steve Hytner, Tempe Improv
- May 25: Take Cover; May 26: Resonation, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- May 25: Think Horses Featuring León Santiago; May 26: Ratio, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- May 25: Stephanie Light; May 26: Teneia Sanders, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- May 26: Tribute To Al Harbison, Marquee Theater
- May 26: Community Performance – Talent Team Performing Arts, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- May 27: Some Magical Animal, Rula Bula Irish Pub