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, St. Xavier 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.
Luke is the musical director for Big Bad Bones, a four trombone ensemble that brings the energy and intensity of a full big band with just four trombones and rhythm section. The group is under the artistic direction of Luis Bonilla (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) and tours throughout the United States. Luke is also the leader of two sought after Chicago based ensembles, the Heritage Quartet and the East Hubbard Jazz Orchestra. The Heritage Quartet performs mainly adaptations of Polish folk music as well as original compositions inspired by European Jazz and was one of the groups performing at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival. The group also tours internationally and has performed to sold out venues in Warsaw and Krakow. The East Hubbard Jazz Orchestra is a full big band led by Luke that performs every Tuesday night at Andy's Jazz Club and features the best musicians on the Chicago scene.
Luke is an endorsing artist for Greg Black Mouthpieces and AMT Microphones.