Bob Luke

Bob Luke

Pianist

Bob “Luke” Luedtke has been playing piano since first grade.  During high school Bob studied at the Roy C. Knapp School of Percussion in Chicago while also playing drums in a variety of rock n’ roll bands in the Chicagoland area.  He took drums lessons when he attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and after college he studied music theory at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. After moving to Fort Worth from Philadelphia in 1992, Bob started playing drums with local Blues Bands.  In 2000, he met Fort Worth native saxophone player Donald Walker Jr. and together they started a improvisational, instrumental group called Outer Circles, with Bob playing piano.  The Outer Circles has played at music venues throughout the DFW Metroplex including Buttons Restaurant (Fort Worth and Addison), Mambos Cantina, the Camp Bowie Jazz Festival, the Grapevine Grapefest, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival.  More information about the Outer Circles can be found at OuterCirclesjazz.com. Besides playing music, Bob teaches in the Medical School and Graduate School of Biomedical Studies Programs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth.  He also runs a Biomedical Research Laboratory in UNTHSC’s Center for Neuroscience Discovery.  He has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson’s Research, the  National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the Scottish Rite.   Click play below to enjoy a track of Bob with his band "The Outer Circles"