CAPITOL SWING is a seven piece band perform classic arrangements by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Darin and more. With a slick three-part horn section, this group is a versatile Mini-Big Band.
As a past member of the “Adelaide Connection” Jazz choir Luke performed at the Sydney Opera house (1996) and at the International Association of Jazz Educators convention in New York City (1998).
Luke’s passion for Choral singing saw him join the Acapella vocal group “Sonic Fix” in 2001 and the group performed three consecutive Christmas seasons at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan.
He has been the director of the “Adelaide Connection” since 2003, Elder Conservatorium’s leading Jazz Choir. He currently lectures in Jazz Voice at the Elder Conservatorium.
Luke 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 2004/06/08 Fringe event Jazz at the Stables and the 2005/06 Coopers East End Jazz Festival.
Luke has performed in four Adelaide Cabaret Festivals (06) 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” (2003/05) and with Trace Canini’s Gospel Groove (2009) .
More recently, Luke has enjoyed success with his shows “Taylor Made – the songs of James Taylor” (Fringe 08/09) and this year he 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 collaborated to present “The Basie – Sinatra show” which was also presented in the O.O.T.S Concert series, the Adelaide Fringe 09 and the 2010 Mildura Jazz Festival. The updated version of this show “Basie – Sinatra and Beyond” sold out 2 shows in the Adelaide Fringe 2011.