Masterclass year 2001

In 2001, the Saint Louis Music Center hosted a series of extraordinary Masterclasses taught by national and international artists, students had the honor of learning directly from the best in their field, honing their skills and gaining valuable perspectives. These experiences shaped their artistic paths and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, born April 24, 1963, is a world-renowned Cuban drummer and percussionist. A collaborator with Latin jazz pianists of the caliber of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Eddie Palmieri and Hilario Durán, he has left an indelible imprint on the musical landscape. His mastery of combining traditional Cuban rhythms with jazz influences has won praise from critics and fans worldwide. With his impeccable technique and infectious passion, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández continues to inspire and transform the music world.


Mike Stern, born Jan. 10, 1953, is a gifted American jazz guitarist. After playing with Blood, Sweat & Tears, he collaborated with drummer Billy Cobham and then with trumpeter Miles Davis from 1981 to 1983 and again in 1985. He later embarked on a solo career, releasing more than a dozen albums. His ability to blend technical virtuosity with a deep melodic sense has made him an iconic figure in the contemporary jazz world, inspiring generations of musicians and music lovers.


Bassist Marc Johnson shine presented an unforgettable masterclass. Celebrated worldwide for his virtuosity and musical sensitivity, Johnson has shared valuable lessons and insights with students hungry for knowledge. His mastery of shaping sound and telling stories through the strings has enchanted and inspired, leaving an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of those privileged to participate. This experience has enriched the music scene in St. Louis, fueling a passion for art and excellence.


Rosario Giuliani in 1996 won the “Massimo Urbani” award, while the following year he won the “Europe Jazz Contest” award in Belgium for best soloist and best group. In 2000 he won the Top Jazz in the new talent category for the annual referendum of the trade magazine “Musica Jazz.” His collaborations are countless. Others include those with Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Cameron Brown, and Joe Locke.