“…a tenor whose tone resembles champagne and who has pinpoint pitch and a lilting swing.”
-- Neil Tesser
John Proulx - piano, vocals
Christian Dillingham - bass
Clif Wallace - drums
John is thrilled to be back in Chicagoland area to celebrate the release of his latest album,“Say It”, released on March 14th, 2018 on the ArtistShare label.
Produced by Judy Wexler, the new album features LA-based players, Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, a duet with Melissa Manchester, and three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent.
John’s previous three albums on MAXJAZZ, “The Best Thing For You”, "Baker’s Dozen-Remembering Chet Baker”, and “Moon and Sand”, have garnered national and international acclaim, and John’s fan base is quickly growing. 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.
For his Chicago release performance, John is honored to be joined by two Chicago-based players, Christian Dillingham on bass and Cliff Wallace on drums.
Although John grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, he went to Roosevelt University in Chicago from 1996-1999 where he received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits, and emerged as a young talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene. John also spent four months in 2009 at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in New York City 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 moved back to Grand Rapids, Michigan to pursue a Masters degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
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”.
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. Jazz singer, Mary Stallings, 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. Deana Martin also recorded “Stuck in a Dream” on her latest album, “Destination Moon”.