What do you love about music?
Music gives us a way expressing ourselves emotionally, and engages our imaginations in a way that is beyond words.
Who is your favorite artist?
What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, Abbey Road by The Beatles, Aja by Steely Dan, Rite of Spring by Stravinsky
Do you play in a band or currently perform?
Jim is currently a member of New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo, and West Central Quartet and the Jim Steele Trio.
Jim brings over thirty years of professional performing experience to his private teaching, specializing in traditional classical and jazz lessons. He helps students build strong piano fundamentals, emphasizing focused practice techniques to unlock the full musical potential of each individual student. Jim has also given clinics, taught in classroom settings, and is on the music faculty at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He welcomes students of all levels, including beginners of all ages. Jim has performed throughout Indiana, in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. and played with Ernie Watts, Chuck Mangione, and James Carter among others. He has appeared on jazz, classical, pop, and R&B recordings. Jim is a member of New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo, and West Central Quartet. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble, Indiana All-State Jazz Combo, and New Millennium Jazz Orchestra.