October Concert for Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Contest Takes Shape while Prize Donations Continue to Grow

BEVERLY HILLS, California – Resonance Records and Indaba Music are pleased to announce further details on the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Contest, including more information on the October 10 concert in New York City and an additional prize donation from Eastman Guitars.
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BEVERLY HILLS, California – Resonance Records and Indaba Music are pleased to announce further details on the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Contest, including more information on the October 10 concert in New York City and an additional prize donation from Eastman Guitars. 

While the deadline for contest submissions has now passed, 30 semifinalists will be announced in mid-August, which will be narrowed to five finalists at the beginning of September. Each of the finalists will compete on stage for the grand prize at the October 10 concert, which will be held at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center (www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org).

In addition, Eastman Guitars is donating an AR403CE archtop Jazz Guitar as a prize for one of the contest finalists.

The October 10 concert will also feature a performance by the Pat Martino Trio (with Pat Bianchi on organ and Carmen Intorre on drums), with special guest Mark Whitfield. The first prize winner will receive $5,000.00. The judges will include Pat Martino, journalist Bill Milkowski, WBGO Radio Music Director Gary Walker, jazz producer/historian Todd Barkan, Robert Montgomery (son of Wes Montgomery), and George Klabin, Founder of Rising Jazz Stars/Resonance Records. 

Tickets to the October 10 concert will be available at www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Founded by Klabin in 2008, Resonance Records is a division of the Rising Jazz Stars, a non-profit corporation created to discover the next jazz stars from around the world. Every Resonance release is produced without compromise, to create and preserve the artists’ legacy. In addition to Wes Montgomery, Resonance has released albums from such iconic jazz artists as John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Scott LaFaro and more.

“We have been blown away by the enthusiasm for the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Contest, with more entries than we anticipated,” Klabin said. “It’s truly a encouraging to see such passion around the world for jazz guitar—it’s something Wes would have been pleased to see as well. We’re also honored to have the support of so many leading manufacturers in the industry, including our most recent contributor, Eastman Guitars.”

Opportunities are still available for music retailers and manufacturers to sponsor the contest or donate products. For anyone interested in sponsoring, please contact George Klabin at George@ResonanceRecords.org.

For more information on Resonance Records, please visit www.resonancerecords.org

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