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Jazz Pianist Luke Gillespie

Luke Gillespie with short hair, black hornrimmed glasses, black-and-gray striped shirt open at the collar.

The first day of my eighth grade, I remember it very clearly. One of my classmates invited me over to his house and he said, “Hey let’s go listen to some records.” He played Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk” . . . . I thought I had died and gone to Heaven.

Luke Gillespie studied classical piano at the Osaka College of Music in Japan from age 8 to 18. At IU, he studied jazz with David Baker and classical piano with Michel Block and Leonard Hokanson.

Gillespie has performed with Bruce Bransby, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Sylvia McNair, Dan Perantoni, Dominic Spera, Wanda Stafford, Arturo Sandoval, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, among many others.

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