Jean Prosper is a consummate pianist and performer. Jean (pronounced Jon) hailed from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti prior to his family's emigration to Montreal, Canada. Classical training in Canada's Royal Conservatory Program deepened his appreciation for the practices that would give him mastery of the keyboard. While attending School, he also found enough time to enter and win the Kiwanis Piano Competition in Ontario. Further study in piano performance at Indiana University and frequent concert opportunities have honed his skills and helped develop his distinctive voice as a musician.
A true jazz artist, his music is rich, soulful and satisfying. Jean's tone, color and rhythm all reflect the special Prosper sound and mark of excellence. With his style and skills, he has created a niche for himself in the competitive world of jazz piano performers.In 1999 Jean garnered a prestigious Stellar Award nomination for his release entitled Getting Up Morning. Mastery of his craft is evidenced in his piano solo project entitled TENDER TOUCH, a wonderful collection of popular music standards.Jean brings his good taste and impeccable music style to original compositions of such music classics as Rogers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and George Gershwin's "Someone To Watch Over Me" to name a few. His presentations are always command performances.
Jean's spectacular gift for composition and arrangement are very much in evidence in his debut release entitled IN THE MOMENT. From the funky contemporary sound of "Stepping", the Latin rhythm of "The Journey" to the island textures of "Haiti", or the bouncy samba beat of "Bush Dance", Jean displays a sparkling originality and versatility in his musical offerings while maintaining a seamless musical experience.
With his gift of music, Jean has traveled across the United States and parts of Canada sharing and expressing his musical viewpoint. Jean's concerts have taken him to many cities in the United States and Canada. His cabaret skills are constantly in demand as evidenced by his enlistment as an artist of choice for the distinguished Mendel Performing Arts center of Benton Harbor , Michigan. He has been called upon as reception entertainment at numerous events including for such world renowned performers as Ramsey Lewis and Lou Rawls. Additionally, Jean has twice had the great honor of being called on to perform for the greatest of all times Muhammad Ali.
Always broadening and stretching himself to the fullest, Jean has delved into the world of jazz with a passion, communicating with the integrity of one who knows himself and what his is truly about