Masterclass year 2003

Masterclass year 2003, 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. Masterclass year 2003 shaped their artistic path and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


John Patitucci is acclaimed as “best jazz bassist” by Bass Player magazine. His virtuosity and creativity set him apart in the music scene. In addition to his solo career, he has collaborated with jazz legends such as Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter. His passion also extends to teaching, leading seminars and music schools globally. His influence extends far beyond the stage, inspiring generations of musicians with his artistry and commitment to musical excellence. John Patitucci embodies the essence of the jazz bass, conveying a deep emotional connection through the strings.


He founded Decibel, Enrico Ruggeri. In 1978, the first album “Punk,” released on Spaghetti Records, disappointed expectations with few sales. After the single “Indigestion disko” and the return of Silvio Capeccia on keyboards, the group abandoned punk and moved closer to success. In 1980, they participated in the Sanremo Festival with “Contessa,” consecrating their fame. Ruggeri stands out as an author and performer, helping to redefine the Italian music scene with his talent and versatility.


Gavin Harrison joins Dizrhythmia, along with Jakko Jakszyk, Danny Thompson and Pandit Dinesh. The name of the group comes from the scientific term for jetlag. Their music blends elements of jazz and funk in a context reminiscent of progressive rock. Harrison’s creativity and mastery on drums help define the band’s distinctive sound, providing an innovative and engaging musical experience. With Dizrhythmia, Harrison demonstrates his versatility and talent for exploring new musical territories, anticipating future trends with his bold vision.


Nnenna Freelon attended the Southern Arts Federation jazz meeting, where she met Ellis Marsalis. This meeting marked a significant moment in his musical career. Meeting Marsalis, known for being a prominent figure in the jazz world and a mentor to many up-and-coming artists, was a valuable opportunity for Freelon. From that point, his career took a major turn, with Marsalis’ influence and support contributing to his artistic development and growth as a musician.


Scott Henderson was recruited as a guitarist for the Chick Corea Elektric Band along with Carlos Rios, but his tenure lasted only three months due to disagreements with Chick Corea over the keyboardist’s adherence to Scientology. Henderson was replaced by Frank Gambale. In 1984, he founded the fusion group Tribal Tech with Gary Willis on bass, Kirk Covington on drums and vocals, and Scott Kinsey on keyboards. This lineup became famous for their innovative fusion of jazz, rock and electronic elements, helping to define the sound of contemporary fusion.