Masterclass year 2017

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 Macaluso played a significant role in several bands, including TNT from 1990 to 1992, Ark from 1990 to 2002 and again from 2009 to 2011, and Riot V from 1995 to 1997. In 2013, he replaced Jason Rullo during a tour with Symphony X while Rullo was hospitalized with heart problems.
He also played with Yngwie Malmsteen on the albums “Alchemy” (1999), “War to End All Wars” (2000) and “Anthology” (2002), as well as collaborated with James LaBrie and Nicko McBrain. His musical versatility and technical skills have made him a sought-after and respected musician in the international metal scene.


Marti Jane Robertson, a sound engineer with a professional career of more than 30 years, will explain to musicians how to get the most out of studio work by relating to the sound engineer in the right way: from the right attitude of respect and openness, to knowing how to communicate what you need and what you want to achieve as a musician.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the sound characteristics of their instrument and/or voice, gaining a greater awareness of the expressive and artistic potential that can be achieved in the studio through the synergy between sound engineer and musician.


Jay Clayton is an internationally renowned vocalist, composer and educator whose work ranges from jazz to experimental music.
With more than 40 recordings under his belt, Clayton has collaborated with major artists such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Reich, Kirk Nurock, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Jane Ira Bloom, Gary Bartz, Jack Wilkins, George Cables, Fred Hersch, Gary Thomas, tap dancer Brenda Bufalino, and singers such as Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone, Urszula Dudziak, and Bobby McFerrin.
He has taught and given seminars all over the world. His book “Sing Your Story: A Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing,” was published by Advance Music in 2001.


Adam completed his Ph.D. at the University of Hull where he conducted interdisciplinary research using phenomenological and musicological research methods to explore the role of music makers in the twenty-first century. Alongside his research work and teaching efforts, Adam is also an active music producer, composer and performer. He is a founding member of the electronic ensemble, “Nightports,” with which he has produced works for international conferences and festivals.
Most recently, the group collaborated with Matthew Bourne to create an album for piano and electronic instruments, scheduled for release on the Leaf Label in the coming months. The work will be premiered live as part of “Hull City of Culture 2017.”
Currently, the group is also collaborating with guitarist Stuart McCallum and microtonal guitarist Tolgahan Çoğulu.


Workshop with the great conductor Vince Mendoza, who will talk about groove and how to translate rhythmic ideas into an arrangement for large ensembles.
Guided listening to a few examples of grooves will enable them to be analyzed and their application to wind instruments and rhythmics studied.


Class with metal guitarist Paul Gilbert. A clinic will be held at the House of Jazz on Tuesday, April 4, during which Paul Gilbert will share the secrets of his technique with participants, alternating between teaching and jam sessions.
Appreciated for his speed and technique, Paul Gilbert is best known for playing for several years in Racer X as well as for being among the founding members of Mr. Big, which he left in 1996 to devote himself primarily to his solo career.
Over the years he has collaborated with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci on the G3 project, with George Lynch and Richie Kotzen for the Guitar Generation Tour, and many others.
He was ranked 4th by GuitarOne in its list of the greatest shredders of all time, while Guitar World mentioned him among the 50 fastest guitarists of all time.


Scott Henderson was recruited as a guitarist for the Chick Corea Elektric Band along with Carlos Rios, but his tenure lasted only three months due to disagreements with Chick Corea over the keyboardist’s adherence to Scientology. Henderson was replaced by Frank Gambale. In 1984, he founded the fusion group Tribal Tech with Gary Willis on bass, Kirk Covington on drums and vocals, and Scott Kinsey on keyboards. This lineup became famous for their innovative fusion of jazz, rock and electronic elements, helping to define the sound of contemporary fusion.


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.