Masterclass year 2008

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.


Mark Turner รจ noto per un sound che richiama quello di Warne Marsh, arricchito da elementi che richiamano anche lo stile di John Coltrane. Turner cited both Marsh and Coltrane as influences and was able to integrate elements of their styles into his music. Its range extends to the highest high register. His improvisations span several octaves and exhibit remarkable harmonic and rhythmic complexity. His compositions often use repeated patterns, odd times and intervallic jumps, creating a rich and compelling soundscape. Turner is recognized for his ability to explore new musical territories, combining tradition and innovation to create a unique and engaging language.


Roberta Gambarini moved to the United States in 1998, where she began to emerge on the international jazz scene. In the same year, he placed third in a singing competition of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, gaining significant exposure. Gambarini has shared the stage with distinguished artists such as Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride and Toots Thielemans, embarking on world tours that have cemented his reputation. Starting in 2004, he began a fruitful collaboration with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, performing with jazz legends such as James Moody, Frank Wess and Paquito D’Rivera. In 2006 and 2007, he led tours with his trio and with Hank Jones’ trio, achieving success and recognition at the most prestigious jazz festivals, such as the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest.


John De Leo made his debut in the music world in the 1990s, founding Quintorigo together with brothers Andrea and Gionata Costa, Stefano Ricci and Valentino Bianchi. With this lineup, the singer-songwriter recorded the albums “Toad” (1999), “Gray” (2001) and “In Captivity” (2003), gaining appreciation and success. However, in 2004, he decided to leave the group to pursue his solo career. This choice marked the beginning of a new artistic phase for De Leo, allowing him to freely explore his creativity and consolidate his unique and recognizable style in the Italian music scene. His music continues to inspire and excite a wide audience of fans.


Jeff “Tain” Watts got the nickname “Tain” from Kenny Kirkland during a tour in Florida when they passed by a Chieftain gas station. In 2017 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition. Watts attended Berklee College of Music, where he met collaborator Branford Marsalis. His career has been marked by an extraordinary mastery of the drums and extensive collaboration with renowned jazz musicians. Known for his innovative style and versatility, Watts has left an indelible imprint on the world of music, both as a solo drummer and as a collaborator in various ensembles. His dedication to music and unwavering commitment to excellence make him an iconic figure in contemporary jazz.


Allen Hinds (b. 1956) is an American guitarist who has recorded or played with Natalie Cole, BeBe & CeCe Winans, The Crusaders, Hiroshima, Roberta Flack, Randy Crawford, Bobby Caldwell, James Ingram, Marilyn Scott, Eric Marienthal, Marc Antoine, Gino Vannelli, and Boney James, among many others. His songs have been used in the TV series Lucky, JAG, Pawn Stars, Sons of Guns and Sliced, among others. He is also a teacher and resident artist at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, and has released five solo albums. His exceptional skill and vast experience make him a respected and influential figure in the contemporary music scene, appreciated for both his live performances and studio recordings.


In 1995, Kurt Rosenwinkel received the Composer’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and signed a contract with Verve Records. He has since collaborated with the likes of Mark Turner, Brad Mehldau and many others, both as a leader and accompanist. His 2005 album, “Deep Song,” features Mehldau and Joshua Redman. Among his most significant works are “The Enemies of Energy,” “The Next Step,” and the more experimental “Heartcore.” Rosenwinkel is known for his innovative approach to jazz guitar, blending traditional elements with modern influences, creating a unique and distinctive sound that continues to inspire musicians and fans worldwide.


Scott Colley (born November 24, 1963) is an American jazz double bassist and composer. He has played in bands led by Herbie Hancock, T. S. Monk (jazz drummer), Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny, Carmen McRae, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, Antonio Sanchez and Kenny Werner. His musical versatility and ability to adapt to a wide range of styles and contexts make him one of the most sought-after and respected double bassists in the contemporary jazz scene. His career is marked by a series of high-profile collaborations with some of the biggest names in jazz music, confirming his status as a leading figure in the music world.


Guthrie Govan is best known for his work with bands such as Asia (2001-2006), The Aristocrats, GPS and The Fellowship. In 2006 he released his debut solo album, “Erotic Cakes.” He is a regular contributor to the British magazine Guitar Techniques and was awarded “Guitarist of the Year” by Guitarist Magazine, confirming his status as a guitar virtuoso and one of the most talented musicians of his generation. His technical skill and creativity make him an iconic figure in the guitar world, appreciated by both fellow musicians and enthusiasts around the world.


Hailed by the LONDON GUARDIAN as “soulful, charismatic and technically brilliant…a star,” Dean Bowman is internationally renowned for his “somber baritone and ripping falsetto…a spectacle” (VILLAGE VOICE). Undoubtedly a major contributor to the New York City jazz, rock, and avant-garde scene, he is a very talented and successful vocalist and performance/recording artist. He has been described alternately as a “vocal mentalist,” “sound poet,” “avant-garde gospel singer,” and a “jazz singer with the soul of a rocker,” for his work with Don Byron on “Do The Boomerang,” the music of Junior Walker (BLUE NOTE/EMI), as well as for touring the music of Ray Charles with John Scofield.


Norma Winstone discovered jazz at the age of 17, listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson on the radio. In 1968 she joined Michael Garrick’s band, thus launching her musical career. In 1987 he released the album “Somewhere Called Home,” considered a classic of British jazz music. Her extraordinary voice and artistic sensibility have made her an iconic figure in the international music scene. In 2001 she received a BBC Jazz Award and in 2007 was named a Member of the British Empire for her outstanding contributions to music. In 2013 it was recognized by the Royal Academy of Music and two years later by the Ivors Academy, further testaments to its lasting impact and importance in the music world.


Steve Rosenberg presents anthropologically interesting masterclass, performing a collection of English folk songs from the Renaissance and before, played in Appalachian style on a classical African instrument, the banjo.
The banjo, Rosenberg explains, was an instrument brought by slaves, played on plantations around Charleston, and then used by minstrels. It was in the Appalachian Mountains, Rosenberg explains, that the banjo first crossed paths with old English folk traditions. Rosenberg’s concert at the Piccolo will include very old songs such as “The Railroad Boy,” “The Cuckoo,” and “Tom Dooley.” It is only the latest in a long line of musical insights for Rosenberg, whose musical career has included collaborations with the folk revival group Les Menestriers and solo performances of Sephardic, Baroque and Renaissance music. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear a master at work, who combines a deep academic understanding of the material with serious clawhammer banjo playing talent.


Joseph Dominick Calderazzo (Feb. 27, 1965) is a jazz pianist and brother of musician Gene Calderazzo. He has played extensively in bands led by Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis, as well as conducted his own ensembles. Calderazzo is known for his distinctive talent at the piano and his musical versatility, which has allowed him to excel as both a sideman and a leader. His musical career is marked by collaborations with some of the biggest names on the contemporary jazz scene, and he is recognized for his emotional sensitivity and impeccable technique. With a career full of successes and significant contributions to jazz music, Calderazzo continues to be an important and respected presence on the international music scene.