Keith Hall

John Proulx (pronounced "Proo") grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, where he started playing tunes by ear at an early age. He studied music at Roosevelt University in Chicago, moved to Los Angeles, and built a career performing as a jazz pianist for artists like Melissa Manchester, Anita O'Day, and Nancy Wilson. He also recorded four solo albums, most recently 2018's Say It But some of his biggest successes came as a songwriter. In 2006, his song "These Golden Years" was recorded by Nancy Wilson on her album Turned To Blue, which went on to win the "Best Jazz Vocal Album" Grammy Award.

John Proulx shares some of these experiences with Keith Hall and talks about what brought him back to Michigan to earn his master's degree at Western Michigan University, where he directs GCII. Proulx performs five of his own songs in the studio, including "Push Hands Annie," Stuck in the Dream With Me," "Stained Glass," "Proulx's Blues," and "Before You Know It."

Peter Eldridge

Greg Jasperse, director of Western Michigan University's Gold Company, and Sarah Olson, a WMU junior in vocal performance, share their thoughts on the upcoming "Sneak Peek," a fall concert by Gold Company and GCII which prepares them for the fully student-produced show in February. Along with behind-the-scenes stories, they also share their experience working with friend and mentor jazz vocalist Peter Eldridge, who will return to Kalamazoo to take part in Friday's concert.