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JOHN PROULX, Instructor in Music

John Proulx

The jazz scene is abuzz about singer, pianist, composer, and MAXJAZZ recording artist, John Proulx (pronounced "Proo"). His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. John’s latest CD, “The Best Thing For You”, co- produced with Bill Cunliffe, features a great line up of musicians: Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, Jeremy Boersma, and guest vocalists Michael Feinstein and Sara Gazarek. John's previous two CDs, "Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker” (2009), and “Moon and Sand” (2006), have garnered national and international acclaim, and John’s fan base is quickly growing. In addition to his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O'Day, Natalie Cole, and Marian McPartland.

John is also a Grammy-winning composer. Jazz legend, Nancy Wilson, recorded "These Golden Years", a song that John co-wrote with lyricist D. Channsin Berry, for her 2006 Grammy-winning CD, “Turned to Blue”. Jazz singer, Mary Stallings, also 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.

John began his formal musical education at the age of 3 in Grand Rapids, MI on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His 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. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. He has emerged as a young talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene and loves the wide-range of opportunities the city has to offer. Currently, John is back in LA after returning from a four-month engagement at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in Manhattan.

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