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 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)

Discover how to improvise jazz piano with the half-whole diminished scale (or "dominant diminished"), including scale exercises in all 12 keys.

Everything you need to know about reharmonization—what it is, how to do it, modern techniques, examples, exercises, charts and more!

Discover best practices in piano accompaniment for singers while exploring Erroll Garner's timeless jazz standard, "Misty."

To play piano with an original sound think "stylization, not complication." Here are 10 ways to spice up a simple piano chord progression.

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John Proulx's Smartsheets

Discover how to improvise jazz piano with the half-whole diminished scale (or "dominant diminished"), including scale exercises in all 12 keys.

Everything you need to know about reharmonization—what it is, how to do it, modern techniques, examples, exercises, charts and more!

Discover best practices in piano accompaniment for singers while exploring Erroll Garner's timeless jazz standard, "Misty."

To play piano with an original sound think "stylization, not complication." Here are 10 ways to spice up a simple piano chord progression.

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John Proulx's Latest Shows
Office Hours Intermediate/Advanced (June 21)

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

Office Hours Beginner/Intermediate (June 21)

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

Office Hours Intermediate/Advanced (June 14)

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

Office Hours Beginner/Intermediate (June 14)

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

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