Masterclass year 2005

Masterclass year 2005, 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 2005, these experiences shaped their artistic path and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


Enrico Rava, renowned Italian trumpeter, has left an indelible mark on the international jazz music scene. His career has been enriched by collaborations with such legends as Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, and Joe Henderson, elevating his name to levels of global prestige. With his creativity and virtuosity, he has shared stages and recordings with such luminaries as Michel Petrucciani and Paul Motian, helping to define new musical horizons. His artistic foresight has also been evident in partnerships with innovators such as Richard Galliano and Joe Lovano, confirming his enduring influence in the jazz world.


Bob Mintzer is a leading figure in the contemporary jazz world. In addition to delighting audiences with his extraordinary skill as a saxophonist, Mintzer generously shares his vast knowledge through teaching at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. There, he leads the Thornton Jazz Orchestra and coordinates a jazz workshop for students of all levels. His dedication to education is evident in his commitment to helping students develop their skills and explore new musical horizons. His influence extends far beyond the notes, shaping the minds and careers of future jazz musicians.


Jojo Mayer, son of legendary bassist Vali Mayer, spent his childhood immersed in the world of music. From an early age, he was fascinated by rhythms and drums, receiving his first set when he was only two years old. His extraordinary ability emerged early, with his first performance when he was only three years old in Hong Kong, proving that he was a true drum prodigy. Growing up, Jojo Mayer continued to develop his talent, becoming a prominent figure in the international music scene, renowned for his impeccable technique and boundless creativity.


David Binney was born in Miami, Florida, but spent his childhood in Carpinteria, California. Growing up in a family where the love of music was palpable, he was exposed from an early age to the albums of legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Jimi Hendrix, being inspired by their genius. In Los Angeles, he took saxophone lessons, thus starting his musical journey. This educational experience helped shape his unique and innovative style, which has made him a leading figure in the contemporary jazz world.


Marco Minnemann, a virtuoso drummer, has revolutionized the concept of complex interdependence in the drumming world. With this advanced technique, he is able to perform different rhythms and tempos simultaneously with each limb. His mastery of weaving intricate and complex rhythms has opened new vistas in the world of drumming, influencing numerous musicians and redefining standards of technical skill in the field of percussion. Through his innovation and creativity, Minnemann has gained a prominent place in the international music scene, leaving an indelible imprint on the art of drumming.


Gianni Nocenzi, together with his brother Vittorio, started the legendary Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, a cornerstone of Italian progressive music. However, in 1985 he decided to take a new path, focusing on researching the technological aspect of music. His interest focused on audio production media and sound creation, thus opening a new frontier in the field of music production. His pioneering vision and passion for innovation helped shape the Italian music scene, leaving a lasting imprint on the evolution of contemporary music.


Pippo Matino, an electric bass virtuoso, masterfully embraces a wide range of musical genres, from jazz to funky, blues to rock and Italian pop music. His versatility has allowed him to express himself in multiple musical contexts, enriching each piece with his impeccable technique and artistic sensibility. Over the past two decades, he has initiated seven projects both as a soloist and as a co-leader, demonstrating inexhaustible creativity and a continuous search for new sounds. With his extraordinary talent, Pippo Matino continues to distinguish himself as a leading figure in the international music scene.