Masterclass year 2010

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.


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.


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.


Clarence Penn studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he had the opportunity to take courses taught by Ellis Marsalis and played in the pianist’s trio from 1987 to 1991, including a tour of Japan in 1990. He graduated with a degree in classical percussion in 1991. He was part of singer Betty Carter’s trio from 1990 to 1993. Subsequently, Penn has collaborated with the likes of David Sanchez, Jimmy Smith, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Scott, Greg Hatza, Stanley Clarke, Tim Warfield, Bob Berg, Diana Krall, Cyrus Chestnut, and Stephen Scott. In 1997, he recorded his debut album, “Penn’s Landing,” for Criss Cross Jazz, which included songs composed by himself. Four years later he recorded his second album as a leader, “Play-Penn.”


Throughout his career, Aaron Goldberg has collaborated with leading figures in international jazz. His musical companions include the likes of Al Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Nicholas Payton, Stefon Harris, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wynton Marsalis, Reuben Rogers, Charles Lloyd, Dario Chiazzolino, Eric Harland, Bob Mintzer, and many others. His versatility and talent have made him an in-demand musician, able to adapt to different musical styles and contexts. Through his sensitivity and improvisational skills, Goldberg has left a significant imprint on the contemporary jazz scene, helping to enrich the repertoire and promote the evolution of the genre. His continuous artistic research has led him to explore new sonic territories, always maintaining a high standard of musical excellence.


Ben Allison was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He began guitar lessons at age 9 at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and privately with guitarist George Raccio. From 1983 to 1985, Allison studied West African, Haitian and Cuban percussion traditions with Richard Hill and attended ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA), a performing arts school, and Wilbur Cross High School. During his senior year he studied briefly with bassist Steve Swallow and took courses in 20th century music and childhood development at Yale University. Allison entered New York University (NYU) in 1985 as a University Scholar to pursue a degree in jazz performance and bass studies. While at NYU he studied with Joe Lovano, Dennis Irwin, Jim McNeely and Steve LaSpina. Allison graduated from NYU in 1989 with a B.A. in Music Performance.


Chris Potter began his career in professional jazz at the age of only 13, soon gaining a devoted local following. At 18, he moved to New York to attend college, first at New School University and then at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with pianist Kenny Werner, establishing a lasting friendship with him that led to the recording of a duo album in 1994.
During this time, he renewed contact with the great trumpeter Red Rodney, with whom he had previously played at a jazz festival in Columbia. His four years in Rodney’s band meant a lot to Potter, allowing him to hone his skills alongside a bebop legend until Rodney’s passing in 1994.
After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 1993, Potter began a series of collaborations with such prominent musicians as Patricia Barber, Marian McPartland, the Mingus Big Band, Paul Motian, Ray Brown, Jim Hall, James Moody, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Mike Mainieri, Steve Swallow, Steely Dan, Dave Holland, Joanne Brackeen and others, as well as recording albums under his own name.


In 1999, Fabrizio Bosso was awarded TOP JAZZ as “Best New Talent,” a prestigious award obtained through the historic Musica Jazz magazine referendum.
Later, he was noticed by Enrico Pieranunzi, one of the world’s most renowned pianists, who recruited him into his group. This collaboration led to the publication of “Enrico Pieranunzi & Horns: Evans Remembered” (Philology, 2000), and since that first episode their paths have crossed repeatedly over the years.
Meeting Pieranunzi was a pivotal moment in Bosso’s career, allowing him to work with one of the masters of jazz and contribute to musical projects of great artistic significance. Their continued collaboration testifies to their mutual respect and admiration for each other’s musical talents and sensibilities.


In addition to being a member of Icehouse, Guy Pratt is best known for his work as a session man. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Madonna, Jimmy Nail, Natalie Imbruglia, Michael Jackson, Ronan Keating, Rod Stewart, Dana Gillespie, Robert Palmer, Deborah Harry, Stephen Duffy, and also in Italy with Paola & Chiara. His musical versatility and bass-playing skills have made him a much sought-after musician in the international music industry. Pratt has contributed to numerous hits and left his mark on many recordings by world-renowned artists. His ability to adapt to different musical genres and to provide solid and creative accompaniment has made him a staple in the productions of many prominent artists.


Jonathan Kreisberg has collaborated with Lonnie Smith and performed as a sideman with Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Ari Hoenig, Stefano di Battista, and Don Friedman. He also performed 20th-century works with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
His musical career is marked by a wide range of collaborations with prominent artists in the international jazz scene. Kreisberg has shown remarkable versatility in his style and exceptional talent for playing the guitar. His ability to adapt to different musical contexts and express himself through a variety of genres has made him a highly respected and sought-after musician. His performances both as leader and accompanist have helped solidify his reputation as one of the most interesting figures in the contemporary jazz world.


Billy Sheehan is famous for his extraordinary technical skills and mastery of bass playing, so much so that he has earned the nickname “Eddie van Halen of the bass.” He has collaborated with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Terry Bozzio and Dennis Chambers, as well as co-founded the music group Mr. Big with Paul Gilbert. Sheehan has been repeatedly recognized as the best rock bassist in the world by Guitar Player magazine.
His innovative technique and mastery of the instrument have made him an iconic figure in the world of rock music. His ability to express himself through the bass with energy and precision has been admired by musicians and fans around the world, helping to solidify his status as a living legend of the electric bass.


Leonard White III, better known as Lenny (born Dec. 19, 1949, in New York City), is an extremely talented American drummer, recipient of three Grammy Awards and a Latin Grammy. White is known for his virtuosity in jazz and fusion, and he has left an indelible mark on the history of music.
Among his most famous collaborations are those with Miles Davis on the album “Bitches Brew,” Chick Corea in the group Return to Forever, Jaco Pastorius on the album of the same name, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola, Mike Stern and many others.
His technical skill, musical sensitivity, and versatility have made him one of the most respected drummers in the jazz and fusion scene. His contributions to albums and performances with world-renowned artists have solidified his reputation as one of the great drum masters.


Danilo Rea, a talented pianist, founded Doctor 3 in 1997 with double bassist Enzo Pietropaoli and drummer Fabrizio Sferra, a trio that has been shining on Italy’s most prestigious jazz stages for more than a decade. Their album “The Tales of Doctor 3” was named best Italian jazz album in 1998, followed by the success of “The Songs Remain the Same,” awarded best jazz album by Musica&Dischi in 1999.
In addition to jazz, Rea has extensive experience in Italian pop, collaborating with the likes of Mina, Claudio Baglioni, Pino Daniele and others. She has also contributed to significant musical projects such as the 2001 documentary “Mina in Studio” and the 2006 Concert for Europe in Ventotene, where she shared the stage with Baglioni, Nicola Piovani and Luis Bacalov. His versatility and mastery of the piano make him a prominent figure in the Italian music scene.


When it comes to guitar tone, one name quickly emerges in any discussion: Seymour W. Duncan. A living legend in the world of electric guitar, Duncan not only innovated in the customization of the electromagnetic guitar pickup, but also opened the doors of guitar repair and modification, all with the intent of finding each musician’s individual sound. Duncan’s work has been instrumental in creating the field of aftermarket guitar modifications, and his pickups and designs have been used by millions of guitarists worldwide for more than 50 years. His dedication to finding the perfect tone has made Duncan an iconic figure in the music world, and his legacy continues to influence electric music.