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Jazz Pianist Luke Gillespie

David Brent Johnson speaks with pianist Luke Gillespie, professor of music in jazz studies at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Luke Gillespie

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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