John Proulx is a singer, pianist, composer, and educator. In addition to touring with his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O'Day, Natalie Cole, and Melissa Manchester. His four albums have garnered national and international acclaim.

As a composer. John has written songs for many notable vocalists. Jazz legend, Nancy Wilson, recorded "These Golden Years", a song that John co-wrote with lyricist D. Channsin Berry, for her Grammy-winning CD, “Turned to Blue”. Most recently, John co-wrote a song called “Stained Glass” with Melissa Manchester for his new album, “Say It”. John and Melissa also co-wrote a song called “Big Light” for her 20th studio album, “You Gotta Love The Life”, featuring a duet with Melissa and Al Jarreau. Jazz singer, Mary Stallings, recorded "Stuck in a Dream" (2005, “Remember Love”), and “Before You Know It” (2010, “Dream”), two songs John co-wrote with lyricist K. Lawrence Dunham. Deana Martin also recorded “Stuck in a Dream” on her latest album, “Destination Moon”.

John began his formal musical education at the age of three in Grand Rapids, MI on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His late grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the world of jazz. Hooked on the freedom of improvisation, his education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University’s Chicago School of Performing Arts where he received his Bachelors of Music in 1999. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. He emerged as a young talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene and loved the wide-range of opportunities the city had to offer. John also spent four months in 2009 at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in New York City playing a nightly solo piano/vocal engagement.  Since then, John has appeared on Michael Feinstein’s radio show on NPR, “Song Travels” as well as on Marian McPartland’s radio show, “Piano Jazz”. John recently received his Master’s degree in jazz vocal performance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now serves as adjunct faculty at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Long Beach. He is also gives online jazz voice and piano lessons at jazzvoice.com.

About John Proulx

Education

Bachelor of Music - Roosevelt University
Master in Jazz Vocal Performance - Western Michigan University


Favorite piano styles
  • Swing
  • Jazz Ballads
  • Contemporary
John Proulx's Latest Courses

Using the popular jazz standard “The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, we will explore various band accompanying techniques so you’ll sound like a pro!

Master the jazz standard Heart and Soul at the advanced level. We'll start with the basic lead sheet and learn how to make it our own with some pro-level jazz techniques!

Learn the classic tune Heart and Soul at the intermediate level. We'll learn the complete arrangement with a few tasty tricks to spice it up for a final arrangement.

This course will help you master Heart & Soul at the beginner level. We'll learn the right hand melody, left hand shells, and a few easy tricks to spice it up for a final arrangement.

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John Proulx's Quick Tips (Instructor)

Learn how to craft a beautiful solo piano arrangement of Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" from a lead sheet.

Learn to solo on piano with the ultimate scale for minor chords—the Dorian Scale. Discover when to use this scale and how to sound like a pro!

Learn how to play Gershwin's "Summertime" for solo jazz piano. Go beyond the lead sheet with pro insights on the chords and harmonic structure.

There's more to playing standards on piano than single-note melodies. Discover 6 ways to add harmony notes to jazz melodies for a fuller sound.

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John Proulx's Smartsheets

Learn how to craft a beautiful solo piano arrangement of Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" from a lead sheet.

Using the popular jazz standard “The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, we will explore various band accompanying techniques so you’ll sound like a pro!

Master the jazz standard Heart and Soul at the advanced level. We'll start with the basic lead sheet and learn how to make it our own with some pro-level jazz techniques!

Learn to solo on piano with the ultimate scale for minor chords—the Dorian Scale. Discover when to use this scale and how to sound like a pro!

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