WMWes Montgomery is arguably the most important and influential guitarist in modern Jazz History. In the span of his tragically short yet prolific recording career, Montgomery paved the way for generations of improvisational guitarists.

Now, Resonance Records is teaming up with Indaba Music in search of this generation’s next great jazz guitarist.

Entry details are as follows:

    • Contestants must be between the ages of 14 and 33
    • Applicants must provide three audio samples of their performance – selections must contain a cover of one of the Wes Montgomery songs provided in the playlist, and 2 additional songs (see creative brief for full details)
    • Total performance time for all three submissions combined should not exceed 10 minutes

The contest will culminate with a concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on October 10, featuring guitar great Pat Martino, where 5 finalists will compete and winners will also be announced. 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.

The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a Benedetto Pat Martino Signature Model guitar!!!

CLICK HERE to submit a Wes Montgomery guitar cover and two recordings for a chance to play live in NYC.

Help us find this generation’s next guitar great!

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