John Proulx
Welcome Home and Album Release Concert

February 25, 2018
2:00 PM

On February 25th, John Proulx will appear at St. Cecilia Music Center with a trio including Paul Keller on bass and Pete Siers on drums for a concert followed by a post-concert CD signing party. Tickets in the A section include a copy of the new CD. 

The jazz scene is abuzz about singer, pianist, composer, and recording artist, John Proulx. His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. John’s latest CD, “Say It”, is due out on February 19th, 2018 on the ArtistShare crowd-funding label.  It features Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Sheppard, a duet with Melissa Manchester, and three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent. 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 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.

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 moved to Michigan to pursue a Masters degree from Western Michigan University.

I am thrilled to be celebrating two life milestones!  After living in Los Angeles for 16 years, my family and I have recently moved back to Grand Rapids, Michigan!  I have started working on my Masters degree at Western Michigan University, and we’re grateful to be closer to our family here in West Michigan.  In addition, I am happy to be releasing my fourth album, “Say it”, on the ArtistShare crowd-funding label on February 19th, 2018.  The new album, produced by Judy Wexler, features a great lineup of musicians including Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, Bob Shepard, three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent, and a duet with Melissa Manchester.  The songs are a mixture of jazz standards, folk tunes, and one original song.  I am especially excited to be holding this CD release concert right here in Grand Rapids at St. Cecilia Music Center, a place where I used to play piano recitals at as a child.  Thanks for welcoming me back home and for supporting my new album.  It’s going to be a fun show, and it will be great to see so many friends and family there! – John Proulx