Masterclass year 2021

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.


Gonzalo Rubalcaba is considered one of the world’s jazz stars. He earned 15 Grammy Awards nominations and won-with Jay Newland and Charlie Haden producing-as Best Latin Jazz Albumcome with “Nocturne” (2002). He has collaborated with the world’s greatest jazz musicians:(from Dizzy Gillespie to Herbie Hancock, Richard Galliano to Ron Carter, to name a few.
His projects, in solo piano and band, move in both the jazz and classical music worlds. His artistic repertoire has never stopped evolving going to Afro-Cuban sounds, traditional Cuban and Mexican ballads, boleros, and classical Cuban works.
He has always challenged traditional musical classifications to transform daily routine into beauty with his music. Downbeat wrote that Rubalcaba has the ability to make simple what is very complicated.


Mark Lettieri is a Texas-based guitarist, songwriter, and session player known for being a member of the bands Snarky Puppy and Fearless Flyers.He has played on stage or recorded in the studio with artists of all genres, including David Crosby, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin, 50 Cent, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Lalah Hathaway, Phillip Phillips, and even Pat Boone.
Mark Lettieri has released several albums as leader: Knows, Futurefun,Spark and Echo, “Things of that nature,””Deep: The Baritone Sessions” Vol 1, “Deep: The Baritone Sessions” Vol 2.
Stefano Volpe is an Italian drummer. He has collaborated on stage and recorded with artists such as Richard Bona Group, Michael Landau, Greg Phillinganes,Will Lee,Eric Marienthal,Munir Hossn, Oz Noy.
Federico Malaman is an Italian bassist. He has collaborated on stage and recorded with artists such as
George Benson, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Al Jarreau, Kid Creole, Zucchero, Lucio Dalla, Ron, Renato Zero, Claudio Baglioni, Gianni Morandi, Giorgia, Gianna Nannini, Fabio Concato.


At only 9 years old, Stef Burns founded his first band, called “The Yellow Brick Road.” During high school, he played in the band “Legend,” performing covers of iconic 1970s bands such as Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montrose, Led Zeppelin and many others. The keyboardist on this lineup was David K. Mathews, who would go on to play with the likes of Tower of Power, Boz Skaggs, Etta James, and Santana.
Later, with “New Legend03,” Burns began exploring jazz and fusion, offering original songs as well as covers of Jeff Beck, Return to Forever, George Duke, Herbie Hancock and other artists from the 1970s fusion scene. This lineup also included keyboardist John Seppala, with whom he would collaborate on the album “Swamp Tea.”


Robben Ford gained worldwide fame as a guitarist on Miles Davis’ 1986 tour, in which he combined the technical gimmicks of blues and jazz. Robben also played on the records and concerts of Jimmy Witherspoon, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell and with the Yellowjackets of which he was among the forming members.


Lage Lund Acclaimed as one of the best guitarists of his generation and among today’s leading jazz artists, Lage Lund juggles his original compositions and the great standards of the jazz tradition with great authority, with stunning harmonic refinement and melodic fluidity. As the New York Times called him, a truly “magnetic” presence on stage.


Piero Pel├╣ – Litfiba protagonist of the first “Incontri di Musica” event, guest of Ernesto Assante in the virtual music lounge of the Saint Louis Club House.
Saint Louis Club House, the new virtual music lounge designed by Saint Louis to listen to, see and taste music from the comfort of your couch at home in times of Covid-19 emergency, presents “Music Meetings,” the month-long events in May, led by journalists and music critics Ernesto Assante and Vincenzo Martorella, who will meet with musicians to share together projects, perspectives and personal visions on the future of music.