Nich Anderson, lauded vocalist with Seattle Jazz Singers, had two very big reasons to celebrate last night’s fantastic “Boys, Boys, Boys” concert, as part of the JazzVox house concert series, in Auburn, WA. Reason #1: It was a CD Release party for his stellar debut JazzVox CD “Back in your own backyard” (a showcase of new studio recordings by past JazzVox artists) and Reason #2: It marked the resplendent return of great LA-based jazz vocalist/pianist John Proulx. Nich has been hosting this incredible house concert series at his cozy condo in Auburn, WA and also the lovely home of friends Andy and Patti Carr on Camano Island for 3 1/2 years now. He continues to enthrall audiences every time, bringing in the best national/international vocal artists as well as fostering a wealth of local and regional talent.
It was a magical evening with John singing in an understated, mellow style reminiscent of Chet Baker such eclectic tunes as his heart-rendering ballad “Welcome To My World” (about then-newborn daughter Maya who is now 3), the wonderful Jimmy McHugh song “I just found out about love” and “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? popularized by Nat King Cole. John encouraged lively audience participation in such numbers as his light-hearted original “Push-Hands Anna” (a tribute to his wife) and “Sing”, known by many from The Carpenter's timeless version. He also featured songs on his two marvelous CD’s (“Moon and Sand”, and “Baker’s Dozen”) including “I’ve never been in love before” and the catchy closing number “Look for the silver lining”.
Not only is John Proulx a master of song but kept perfect time with his “toes” while playing a mightily swinging piano, yet had a sweetly sensitive, nuanced touch on gentler tunes. He was accompanied brilliantly by local favorite Chuck Kistler who is established as a first-call bassist throughout the region. Chuck plays with command and vigor and knows how to accentuate the melody and rhythm of every song to great effect.
I always relish each morning following a JazzVox concert because it allows me to reflect on the awesome music and special people I meet again or for the first time. If you love vocal jazz in an intimate setting and want to be a part of this fabulous experience, and to purchase Nich’s fine JazzVox CD, please visit jazzvox.com. Please also visit John Proulx’s terrific website at johnproulx.com for his latest concert and bio/CD information, as well as Chuck Kistler’s wonderful website at ChuckKislter.com.