John Proulx

(Pronounced "Proo")
Voice & Piano Teacher
Composer/Pianist/Arranger/Vocal Coach
Pasadena Studio  OR In your home
(323) 390-9363, ext. 8#

John Proulx offers a unique element of celebrated abilities. Already, he has won a Grammy as a composer, writing a song for Jazz Legend, Nancy Wilson. John’s education at The Roosevelt University’s School of Performing Arts has taken him to a level where the Jazz scene is abuzz and subsequently has emerged as one of the hottest young talents in the country – having played a four-month engagement at the prestigious Feinstein’s (at the Loews Regency) in New York to the finest venues nation-wide.

"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."
-Michael Feinstein, “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook"

"Proulx is FRONT AND CENTER, overflowing with FRESH ZEAL and SPARKLING ENERGY"
-Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

“NEW AND REFRESHING; showing great respect for both the melody and the lyric , A RARE THING among jazz vocalists."
-William Claxton, Jazz photographer

“STRONG MUSICIANSHIP, GREAT INTONATION, MELLOW SWING and a SOOTHING, almost vibrato- less Chet Baker like tone quality. Bravo, John!”
-John Clayton, 3-time grammy nominated bassist, composer, and conductor

"The MOST THRILLINGLY ANDROGYNOUS VOICE since Chet Baker whispered “My Funny Valentine…"
-C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

As a teacher (currently on faculty at Cal State University, Fullerton & at Azusa Pacific College) John offers skill sets that range far beyond private voice and accompanying. From piano – to jazz piano – to arranging – John has honed his skills with some of the finest artists in the Jazz World. He has played for Michael Feinstein, Natalie Cole and Anita O’Day, to name a few. John's appearance on NPR's 'Piano Jazz' with Marian McPartland was one of the first indications that his star was on the rise. Since his move to Los Angeles in 2001, John has been making a name for himself on the jazz scene here ever since. His singing style — a smooth tenor voice lacking vibrato and ornamentation — has elicited comparisons with Chet Baker, though commentators also recognize Proulx's expressiveness and exceptional technique on the piano.

In regard to John’s teaching philosophy, he acknowledges his own mentors that encouraged systematic approaches to jazz and voice, incorporating these with students and professionals at all levels of proficiency. John especially enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with serious and enthusiastic performers. From jazz piano, voice, coaching - as he consolidates the best that is in you - whether performing, recording, choosing and tailoring materials for the individual, keys, working on phrasing, intros, endings, improv, style choices – all of these elements John will employ to get you where you want to be.

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John Proulx with Michael Feinstein & Cheyenne Jackson

Testimonials from John's Students

"What a great workshop! Thank you for sharing your talent with us tonight. I love your coaching style - never a negative word, just ideas for improvement. And always translated into lessons for the whole group. You provide a very safe environment. It was a real joy to meet you."

--Allison Davis, after attending John's vocal workshop at Grandma's Music in Albuquerque, NM

"Wonderful clinic John! It was informative, pertinent and musical! I received lots of positive remarks and I often use information I've learned from you. Most of all we're inspired!

You are welcome to use our classroom or a lesson studio when you return and hopefully you'll consider another Vocal Jazz Clinic."

--Micky Patten
Owner of Grandma's Music, Albuquerque, NM

"John Proulx is an excellent teacher. My mother started taking lessons with him and I could hear such an improvement that I started taking lessons, too! His improvisation techniques and musicianship skills are simply amazing. Not only that, John is patient and kind. We would both highly recommend him as a piano teacher."

--Alicia Nathaniel

"It's said that 'great players aren't necessarily great teachers', but John Proulx is the exception to that saying. He's a great pianist, vocalist, and composer, who knows how to pass on the gift of music. He's the type of teacher who can really evaluate where you are and help you get to where you want to be.
If you're an aspiring jazz pianist/vocalist, John Proulx is the guy to learn from."

--Nicholas Calzada

"John has inspired me to become an optimistic educator, and to believe in whatever students I may have, and help them become the best ensemble, or musician they can be!"

-- Brandon L. Harris
Chair, Arts Inter Club Council CSUF
Choir Director, Gethsemane God's Garden of Prayer Church

John has three CDs available on the Maxjazz label, all of which have garnered critical national and international acclaim: "Moon and Sand", featuring legendary musicians Chuck Berghofer and Joe LaBarbera, and produced by Tamir Hendelman; "Baker's Dozen", a tribute to Chet Baker, featuring trumpeter Dominick Farinacci; and "The Best Thing For You Is Me", released in 2012, featuring Michael Feinstein.

John Proulx's studio roster is currently full, and he is not accepting new students at this time.  Please check back often for openings.