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Disney movie tunes get jazz treatment

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pianist John Proulx and his 4-year-old daughter had been listening to a lot of songs from Walt Disney movies before Corrales trumpeter Bobby Shew came to him with the idea for a concert program.

“Bobby suggested Disney (movie) themes. I thought it was a great idea. I thought of 10 tunes right off the bat that might work,” Proulx said in a phone interview from his Los Angeles home.

Together Shew and Proulx compiled twice that number before whittling the total to about 16 for the jazz quartet to play.

Bobby Shew/John Proulx Quartet
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
WHERE: Historic Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales
HOW MUCH: $22 in advance at Frame-n-Art in Las Tiendas de Corrales Center or $25 at the door

Among the songs they’ll perform are “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book,” “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” from “The Aristocats,” and a medley of songs from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – “Whistle While You Work,” “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “Heigh Ho.”

The Saturday, Sept. 10, concert at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church kicks off the Music in Corrales’ silver anniversary season. The other two quartet members are bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Cal Haines.


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Proulx said he and Shew used the Internet to collaborate on the instrumental arrangements.

“I would send Bobby different files with (musical) charts. He might say, ‘That’s great but let’s do it as a samba.’ And he’d send it back,” Proulx said. “We took songs which might be in a pop style and adapted them into the jazz idiom.”

But he and Shew retained the original form of a couple of songs that are perhaps more familiar to young listeners. One is the theme song from “Beauty and the Beast” and the other is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King.”

Proulx said he will be singing some of the songs on the program. Among them are the a Dixieland version of “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from “Cinderella” and the theme song from “Beauty and the Beast.”