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Jazz pianist John Proulx works with heavy hitters like Melissa Manchester, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole

Jazz pianist John Proulx has been working with Melissa Manchester on some new music.

Jazz pianist John Proulx has been working with Melissa Manchester on some new music.

John Proulx likes to keep things running smoothly.

“I’ve been working a lot and going from project to project,” he says during a recent phone interview. “It’s been great for me.”

Proulx is a jazz pianist and has been working with some heavy hitters. The various projects have helped him start to set the stage for his next solo album.

“I want to put an album out, but I don’t have a record label right now,” he says. “The label MaxJazz isn’t releasing any more albums because the owner passed away. I’m weighing if I should release an album independently.”

While he’s figuring that out, he’s been busy working with Melissa Manchester and Al Jarreau on the single, “Big Light.” The song is on Manchester’s album, “You Gotta Love the Life.” Proulx is very proud of the song and says Manchester’s album is a strong body of work.

“It could be the type of album that can get a Grammy,” he says. “It has a strong presence and features duets with lots of singers.”

Proulx also is gearing up for a short stint with Natalie Cole in early August.

“I enjoy collaborating with other people,” he says. “Usually another artists seeks me out in a way. This is the best way to collaborate.”

Proulx is ready to get out on the road and perform. In fact, before he goes on tour with Cole, he will record a song with fellow jazz singer Denise Donatelli.

“This will be the only song with vocals on her album,” he says. “This is special because I don’t usually get a chance to sing in my music. I’ll be able to step away from the piano and sing. I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”

Proulx hopes to figure out the next step with new music.

“It’s all a learning process,” he says. “I’m learning all about what record labels handled. It’s a lot.”


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