John Proulx - bio
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The jazz scene is abuzz about singer/pianist/composer John Proulx
(pronounced "Proo"). His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his
voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. In fact,
John's 2009 CD on MAXJAZZ, "Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet
Baker” is a tribute to the late trumpet player and vocalist, featuring
trumpet Phenom, Dominick Farinacci. John’s latest CD, “The Best Thing
For You” (2012), co-produced with pianist Bill Cunliffe, showcases a
wide variety of outstanding musicians including Chuck Berghofer, Joe
LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, Ron Stout, Jeremy Boersma,
with guest vocals by Sara Gazarek and Michael Feinstein! These
releases, beginning with John’s 2006 debut CD, “Moon and Sand”, have
garnered national and international acclaim, and his fan base is quickly
growing. In addition to his own trio, John has performed with the likes
of Anita O'Day, Melissa Manchester, Michael Feinstein, 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.
In addition, Deana Martin recorded "Stuck in a Dream" on her latest
release, "Destination Moon". John's most recent collaboration includes
a song co-written with Melissa Manchester for her recent CD, "You
Gotta Love The Life", featuring Melissa along with Al Jarreau on vocals.
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 with the
Clyde McCoy Big Band, and 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.


For more information, please visit http://www.johnproulx.com