Masterclass year 2004

Masterclass year 2004, 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 2004, these experiences shaped their artistic path 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.


In London, Kenny Wheeler began playing with prominent artists such as Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. His recording debut came with guitarist Terry Smith’s “Fall Out.” He soon distinguished himself as a brilliant composer and arranger, collaborating with big names such as Maynard Ferguson. His musical brilliance established him as a major figure in the international jazz scene. Wheeler became known for his unique sensibility and ability to convey emotion through music, leaving an indelible mark on the history of contemporary jazz.


Dominic Miller has toured as a guitarist with World Party and King Swamp. As a session musician he has recorded with the Pretenders, Phil Collins, Paul Young and Level 42. His versatility and talent have made him an in-demand musician, contributing to the success of numerous musical projects. His ability to adapt to a variety of musical styles and genres has made Miller an iconic presence on the international music scene, confirming his reputation as one of the most talented and influential guitarists of his generation.


Mark Murphy, celebrated for his unique jazz voice, has won six Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Down Beat magazine honored him as Best Male Vocalist. Murphy embodied the essence of the jazz singer, with his ability to interpret songs with deep emotion and creative improvisation. His vibrant voice and impeccable technique have inspired generations of musicians. His impact on the music world is lasting, leaving an indelible legacy in the history of vocal jazz and continuing to influence artists around the world.


Pat Petrillo, is world renowned in the drum industry. He has played and recorded with a wide range of artists of many genres, including Patti LaBelle, Gloria Gaynor, Oz Noy, Chieli Minucci, Debbie Gibson, Glen Burtnik and numerous Broadway productions. His versatility and artistry have made him a sought-after presence in the music scene, contributing to the success of countless projects. Petrillo continues to be a leading figure in the drumming world, inspiring and influencing drummers of all generations.


Frank Gambale is recognized as one of the pioneers of modern rock fusion guitar. He introduced innovative techniques such as sweep picking and economy picking, becoming symbols of his unique style. His discography ranges from fusion to blues rock and acoustic tracks. Gambale has influenced generations of guitarists with his creativity and virtuosity, solidifying his iconic status in the music world. His ability to fuse different musical genres with mastery and originality has made him a prominent figure in the contemporary guitar scene, leaving an indelible mark on the history of music.


Dave Weckl is an American drummer, considered one of the most influential and technically gifted jazz fusion drummers of all time. He boasts collaborations with numerous artists, including George Benson, Chick Corea, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Michel Camilo, and Madonna.