Luke Malewicz, a native of Nowa Sol, Poland, moved to Chicago at the age of 11. He showed exceptional promise as a young musician, having started trombone at age 6. After receiving degrees from the Jacobs School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music he returned to Chicago where he currently resides as a freelance trombonist and educator. He teaches at various Chicago area schools and colleges and performs at some of Chicago’s best jazz venues including Andy’s Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, and the Green Mill. He has performed throughout the Midwest including Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis and the New York State Fair.
Luke is a sought after clinician/guest artist as well. Some of his clinics and guest performances include the Downers Groove North High School, Oswego High School, Northern Illinois University, Indiana University and Northeastern University. He has performed with Luis Bonilla, Ingrid Jensen, Stefon Harris, David Liebman, Elliot Mason, The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Rob Parton Big Band, Mary Wilson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and the Grammy Award Winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
Among his current projects Luke performs and tours with Big Bad Bones, a group under the artistic direction of Luis Bonilla, and with his own group, the Heritage Quartet, which recently finished an international tour performing his music to sold out venues in Warsaw and Krakow. The Heritage Quartet is comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the city and performs mainly adaptations of Polish folk music as well as original compositions inspired by European Jazz.
Luke plays King trombones and is a Conn-Selmer artist/clinician as well as an endorsing artist for Greg Black Mouthpieces and AMT Microphones.