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Jim Steele


Jim Steele


Jim Steele



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?
Keith Jarrett

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Abbey Road – The Beatles
Aja – Steely Dan
Rite of Spring – 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 Steele brings over 30 years of professional performing experience to his private teaching, specializing in traditional classical and jazz lessons. He has given clinics, taught in classroom settings, and is on the music faculty at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Jim has performed throughout Indiana, in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C., playing with Ernie Watts, Chuck Mangione, and James Carter, among others. He plays with the 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.

Jim helps students build strong piano fundamentals, emphasizing focused practice techniques to unlock the full musical potential of each student. Regardless of your level, Jim can’t wait to welcome you into his classroom!