Commodification of Rap Music

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Jeffery L. Wright
Humanities 523
Professor Caldwell
28 November 2005

Performance Review of
The John Proulx Trio at LACMA
By Jeffery L. Wright
The John Proulx Trio performed on Friday, November 25, 2005 at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Musically speaking, John Proulx stands out as one of the most consistent and significant artist in jazz today. Leading a tight, well-rehearsed trio through a mix of originals and well-known pieces from modern Jazz repertoire, pianist/vocalist/composer John Proulx revealed once again why he is one of Los Angeles' premier artist. Proulx's contributions to jazz are widely known in Los Angeles and he has become a sought after composer amongst his peers. He is slowly developing a world-class reputation in the jazz genre as one of the most prolific pianist. The piano is one of the most popular musical instruments. Composers from Sebastian Bach to Ludwig Van Beethoven and many more have played this wooden box of strings with black and ivory keys. In the jazz genre alone, pianists run the gamut from Thelonious Monk's, Favorite Things to Art Tatum. If you think you've heard just about everything that can be done with a piano, hold on to that thought and meet John Proulx and his trio. Intense communication is not uncommon for Proulx. He leads the trio with Gary Foster (saxophone), Chuck Berghofer (bass) and Tim Pleasant (drums). During the performance at LACMA, Proulx said "with his trio … it's one of the freest situations he's ever played." John Proulx began his formal musical education at the age of four in Grand Rapids, Mich. He originally started out by taking violin lessons, but quickly switched to piano lessons and has pursued the piano ever since. His grandfather was a jazz guitarist and introduced him to the world of jazz. John completed his secondary studies at Roosevelt University Chicago School of Performing Arts. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles and has since become a young, emerging...
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