Jazz pianist and vocalist, John Proulx (pronounced "Proo"), is excited to be joining the APU music faculty as Director of Commercial Voice, with a focus on jazz singing. John is a MAXJAZZ recording artist, and has released three CDs (“Moon and Sand”-2006, "Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker”-2009, and “The Best Thing For You”, 2012). In addition to his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O'Day, Natalie Cole, Marian McPartland, and Melissa Manchester.
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. Most recently, John co-wrote a song called “Big Light” with Melissa Manchester for her 20th studio album due to be released in the fall of 2014.
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. John’s involvement at APU will include Applied Lessons in Jazz Voice, Jazz Piano, and Composition.
B.M., Roosevelt University (School of Performing Arts), Chicago, IL