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

In this Live Workshop, we'll learn how to play a traditional minor blues. We'll master the chord progression, 7th chords, an original melody, accompaniment patterns, and a variety of essential solo techniques.

In this course, we'll learn an advanced arrangement of the jazz swing standard - All The Things You Are. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll memorize the melody/chords, embellish the melody with shell voicings & chord extensions, learn a jazz swing bass line, and master a variety of soloing techniques.

In this course, we'll learn how to play the iconic jazz swing standard - All The Things You Are. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll memorize the melody/chords, embellish the melody with rhythmic accompaniment, learn a jazz swing bass line, and master a variety of improv techniques.

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John Proulx's Quick Tips (Instructor)

The Sharp Four Walkdown jazz chord progression adds an element of surprise to the Extended Turnaround...a must-know piano chord substitution!

Shine a light on complex and shadowy jazz scales with this simple approach for piano improv on a minor 2-5-1 with the melodic minor scale.

Learn how to improvise a hip piano solo over neo soul chord progressions. This easy piano improv approach only uses 1 pentatonic scale.

Learn 3 steps to transform an ordinary turnaround chord progression into a bluesy piano accompaniment groove.

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John Proulx's Smartsheets

The Sharp Four Walkdown jazz chord progression adds an element of surprise to the Extended Turnaround...a must-know piano chord substitution!

Shine a light on complex and shadowy jazz scales with this simple approach for piano improv on a minor 2-5-1 with the melodic minor scale.

Learn how to improvise a hip piano solo over neo soul chord progressions. This easy piano improv approach only uses 1 pentatonic scale.

Learn 3 steps to transform an ordinary turnaround chord progression into a bluesy piano accompaniment groove.

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John Proulx's Latest Shows
Live Workshop (September 2022)

For this workshop, we're focusing on the Bebop Minor Blues, a minor blues chord progression that takes elements from the Traditional Minor Blues, and adds on with more chord changes and colors.

Office Hours Intermediate/Advanced (September 20)

Office Hours are an opportunity to get interactive feedback from a professional piano coach!

Office Hours Beginner/Intermediate (September 20)

Office Hours are an opportunity to get interactive feedback from a professional piano coach!

Intermediate/Advanced Live Q&A (September 2022)

In the September 2022 Live Q&A, John answered all of your music questions.

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