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JOHN PROULX is an exceptional jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, recording artist, and educator, living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As well as touring with his own trio, he has performed with Anita O’Day, Natalie Cole, Melissa Manchester, and Marian McPartland. As a composer, he has had his original songs recorded by many well-known vocalists including Nancy Wilson, Melissa Manchester, Mary Stallings, and Deana Martin. His latest CD, “Say It” (ArtistShare), features a duet with Melissa Manchester, and three string quartet arrangements by Alan Broadbent, and his previous three albums on MAXJAZZ have garnered national and international acclaim.  

Proulx started music at the age of three in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His late grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the world of jazz.  His education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University where he received his Bachelor of Music in 1999. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. In 2009, Michael Feinstein invited him to play at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in New York City for 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”. Last year, John relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he is finishing up his Masters degree from Western Michigan University. He plans on returning to LA this summer.

The JOHN PROULX TRIO tonight features jazz masters PAT COLLINS on bass and JEFF HALISCHUK on drums, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The  Home Smith Bar.