Luke Thompson is a singer and saxophonist from Adelaide.
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As a past member of the “Adelaide Connection” Jazz choir Luke performed at the Sydney Opera house in 1996 and at the International Association of Jazz Educators convention in New York City in 1998. He later joined the A capella vocal group “Sonic Fix” in 2001 and the group performed three consecutive Christmas seasons in Tokyo, Japan.
Luke lectured in Jazz Voice and directed the “Adelaide Connection” Jazz Choir at the Elder Conservatorium from 2003 until 2015. He has appeared at four Glenelg Jazz Festivals (1999 - 2002) fronting his own groups“Luke and the Force” and “Swing City Sextet”. He was also involved in the successful Fringe event Jazz at the Stables (2004 - 2008) and the Coopers East End Jazz Festival.
Luke has performed in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with the Paul Kelly / Paul Grabowsky show "Meet me in the middle of the air", with Andy Seymour's "How Great Thou Art - The Gospel music of Elvis Presley" and with Trace Canini’s Gospel Groove (2009). Luke toured nationally in "The Gospel According to Elvis" recreating the vocal harmonies of one of history's lowest ever voices, J.D. Sumner. Luke has enjoyed success with his shows "Taylor Made - the songs of James Taylor" and then teamed up with Amity Dry to present “Carole King & James Taylor – a Tribute” to sell out audiences. Luke created "The Sinatra Songbook" which was presented in the “Out of the Square”concert series.
In 2009 Luke and Mike Stewart embarked on what was to be a long term collaboration presenting “The Basie – Sinatra show”. This show was also presented in the O.O.T.S Concert series, the Adelaide Fringe and the 2010 and 2011 Mildura Jazz Festival. The updated version of this show “Basie – Sinatra and Beyond” sold out 2 shows in the Adelaide Fringe in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 Luke & Mike collaborated on their exciting new show "Backyard Swing"which featured 1950s style Big Band arrangements of Classic Australian Rock songs. The show enjoyed sold out performances at the 2013 Fringe and the 2013 Hoot Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival.
Luke has performed onstage with such artists as Don Burrows, James Morrison, Michelle Nicolle, Paul Kelly, Paul Grabowsky, Vika Bull, Linda Bull, Doug Parkinson, Paulini, Andy Seymour, The Idea of North, Trace Canini, Emma Pask, James Muller, The Boss Trio, The Marmalade Trio, The Bruce Hancock Septet, E Type Jazz, The Bob Johnson Big Band, The Airbenders, J.C. Jazz, Adam Page and Ding Productions and performs regularly at many local venues, Festivals and Events.
Luke is also a founding member of COMA (Creative Original Music Adelaide) and served on the committee from 2005-2009. Luke was a board member of Jazz SA inc. for two years and is actively involved in the local music scene.