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 two
CDs ("Moon and Sand"-2006 and "Baker's Dozen-Remembering Chet
Baker"-2009). 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. John’s
involvement at APU will include Applied Lessons in Jazz Voice, and a
Commercial Vocal Styles class.
Bachelor's of Music: Roosevelt University (School of Performing Arts), Chicago, IL