A Fresh Approach
As an educator with over ten years of teaching experience at the collegiate level, John brings his wealth of knowledge to this forum, offering a diverse skill set in teaching jazz voice, jazz piano, jazz arranging, and jazz composition. John is currently a lecturer at Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona where he teaches vocal jazz ensembles, jazz voice, and jazz piano. John has also taught at Cal State Fullerton and was the director of Commercial Voice at Azusa Pacific University.
John is also a recording artist, with four albums to his credit (“Moon and Sand” MAXJAZZ, 2006, “Baker’s Dozen” MAXJAZZ, 2009, “The Best Thing For You” MAXJAZZ, 2013, and “Say It” ARTISTSHARE, 2017). In addition to touring with his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O'Day, Natalie Cole, Melissa Manchester, and Marian McPartland.
John is 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 album, “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. In addition, John has co-written songs that have been recorded by Mary Stallings and Deana Martin.
Being a vocalist has made John a sensitive accompanist to singers, and he understands how to create arrangements that are tailor-made for each unique voice and style. As an arranger, John has written arrangements for many notable singers including Ann Hampton Callaway, Antonia Bennett, and Linda Purl.
John spent four months in 2009 at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in New York 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, and currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a full-time teacher and performer.
"It takes a lot of imagination as well as natural talent to make jazz standards sound fresh and vital. John sings and plays so beautifully and is an outstanding songwriter as well. He's simply a joy to hear"
You can tell immediately that John’s approach to jazz is both new and refreshing; showing great respect for both the melody and the lyric —a rare thing among jazz vocalists. I’ll bet that Chet Baker is looking down on John saying, ‘Yeah, John, go for it’.”
William Claxton - Jazz Photographer
This introduction to young, talented John Proulx does a great job of showing us what he is about: Strong musicianship, great intonation, mellow swing and a soothing, almost vibrato-less Chet Baker like tone quality. Bravo, John!”