Masterclass year 2011

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.


Rosario Giuliani in 1996 won the “Massimo Urbani” award, while the following year he won the “Europe Jazz Contest” award in Belgium for best soloist and best group. In 2000 he won the Top Jazz in the new talent category for the annual referendum of the trade magazine “Musica Jazz.” His collaborations are countless. Others include those with Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Cameron Brown, and Joe Locke.


Danilo Pérez began his musical journey as a child, when he was only three years old, thanks to the influence of his father, a singer in a band. He then continued with classical studies at the National Conservatory of Panama, specializing in classical piano.
In his twenties he also turned to jazz composition and began numerous collaborations. In 1994 he contributed to the success of Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy Award-winning album “Danzón.” In the 1980s he played with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, and many others.
Danilo Pérez has recorded several albums both as a leader and as a member of groups. Among his most notable works are 1994’s “The Journey” and 1996’s “PanaMonk,” a tribute to Thelonious Monk. His illustrious career and versatility make him a prominent figure in the contemporary jazz scene.


Joe LaBarbera grew up in Mount Morris, New York, with his father as his first drum teacher. After two years at Berklee College of Music in the late 1960s, he began touring with singer Frankie Randall. Subsequently, he spent two years with the U.S. Army band at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
His professional career took off playing with Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. His fame grew in the 1970s by recording and touring with Chuck Mangione. He went on to work with Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Art Pepper, John Scofield, Toots Thielemans and Phil Woods. Since 1979 he has been a member of Bill Evans’ trio, with whom he has recorded 16 albums. He also collaborated with Tony Bennett throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and at the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop.


Sheila Jordan has left an indelible imprint on the world of jazz music. In addition to his solo albums, he has recorded as a session man with many great artists. Jordan was a pioneer in the bebop and scat style of singing, accompanied only by a double bass. His music has received praise from many critics, especially for his extraordinary ability to improvise lyrics. Charlie Parker often introduced her as “the singer with the million-dollar ears,” acknowledging her unique talent and musical sensibility. Through her distinctive voice and innovative approach to music, Sheila Jordan remains an iconic figure in the jazz world, inspiring generations of musicians and fans around the world.


Charis Ioannou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1976. In 1997 he enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied saxophone and jazz composition. Charis won the Woodwind Achievement Award in his senior year in Boston, and in 2001, after graduation, he moved to New York City where he stayed for three years. While in New York, Charis earned his master’s degree in performance from New York University and has since performed and taught throughout the state. In 2005 Charis returned to Cyprus, where he collaborated with various musicians and performed in major clubs and festivals on the island, as well as in various locations around the world, including Greece, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Poland, Serbia, Spain, England, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Lebanon, Germany, Senegal and in the United States. Charis has also collaborated with the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus in a bi-communal jazz program called Jazz Futures, with which he performed throughout Cyprus with Ari Roland and Chris Byars’ band for 6 years from 2007-2013. In 2015 he led BopCy, a quartet with all Cypriot musicians, winning 2nd place in the first Greek jazz competition held in Athens that year and appeared in Syros as part of the 2015 International Jazz Day. He has given numerous workshops in Cyprus, Lebanon, Greece and Italy. Charis currently teaches saxophone and jazz language at the University of Nicosia and continues to perform and record as a leader and sideman in Cyprus and abroad. He is a supporter of Hemke reeds manufactured by D’Addario Woodwinds.


Raised in a town near Lisbon, he began his euphonium studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon. Gonçalo received his bachelor’s degree in euphonium performance from the Lisbon School of Music. In 2018, he completed his master’s degree in music education also at the School of Music.
Currently a teacher at the Metropolitan Professional School and the Óbidos Music Academy, Gonçalo has the opportunity to share his passion and technical ideas with his students with love and commitment.
As a guest lecturer, he is often invited to give master classes and workshops around the country. As a performer, Gonçalo Marques is the first euphonist of the Portuguese Air Force Band, with whom he recorded a solo piece in 2019 for the Molenaar Edition. In search of new musical ideas and to showcase his creative side, Gonçalo combined his Sovereign 967T with a piano and oboe in a project of original music written by the trio Duas Chamadas Não Atendidas, who recorded their first album in 2019, due out in 2020.
Gonçalo Marques is also an active member of the Portuguese Tuba and Euphonium Association, with which he organizes a number of festivals, master classes and competitions, contributing to the development of the tuba and euphonium in Portugal.


Mike Clark ‘s career began with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970s, where he was recognized internationally as one of America’s most eminent funk and jazz drummers. Often likened to the “Tony Williams of funk,” Mike instead considers himself a jazz drummer, becoming one of the genre’s most vital during his career. He has played with jazz giants such as Herbie Hancock and Chet Baker. A former faculty member of the Drummers Collective, his book “Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts,” published last year by Hal Leonard, is considered a best seller, offering valuable insights into the world of funk drumming and further cementing his reputation in the field of jazz drumming.


Wanda Sá moved to Rio de Janeiro with her family when she was only one month old. At the age of six, while studying dance, he began to develop a passion for music, and five years later, he gave up dance to devote himself to studying the guitar. From a young age, he actively participated in bossa nova shows, learning the melodic lines and chords of the guitarists on stage.
Later, she became a student of Roberto Menescal and in 1962 joined the group of guitar masters in the instrumental school founded by Menescal in Copacabana together with Carlos Lyra. This experience was crucial to her musical development and prepared her for a brilliant career in the world of bossa nova and Brazilian music.


Richard Drexler released his first album as a leader, “Señor Juan Brahms,” with Bob Mintzer on sax, Kenny Drew Jr. on piano and Alex Acuña on drums, presenting jazz standards and arrangements of Johannes Brahms’ compositions. The album was notable for “blurring the seemingly separate distinctions between classical music, jazz, and Latin American musics” and for writing the album’s program notes in which he asked listeners to “listen to recordings of the original versions of all these pieces to perceive the context and omitted material.”


Anita Wardellis an English jazz singer, renowned for her scat singing. Wardell was born in Guildford, Surrey, England, and raised in Australia. He studied jazz at the University of Adelaide before performing at festivals with James Morrison, Don Burrows and Richie Cole. He then continued his studies, this time in the United Kingdom at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1994 he recorded as a duo with drummer John Stevens. The following year he released a duo album with Liam Noble. He taught a jazz course in Loire, France. Wardell is an accomplished scat singer and is known for her vocal version of Lee Morgan’s solo from “Moanin’.”


Starting in the 1970s, Jeff Berlin began playing with famous musicians and releasing solo albums. He was a member of Bill Bruford’s band, drummer for Yes and King Crimson, and founder of UK. Berlin is known to have turned down an invitation to join the band Van Halen. He has collaborated, live and in the studio, with the likes of Pat Metheny, Rush, Stanley Clarke, Yes (Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe), Allan Holdsworth and Kazumi Watanabe. Among his best-known solo albums are “Pump it!”, “Taking Notes,” “In Harmony’s Way” and “Lumpy Jazz.” His musical career has been characterized by a continuous search for innovation and versatility in the world of bass and jazz.