Great post about the competition on SmoothJazzBuzz!
Lee Ritenour at Yamaha artist signing; epic group shot!
Beautiful ad in the latest February edition of Music Connection Magazine, page 31:
Thanks to Drummer Cafe for posting about the competition! We’re looking forward to hearing some incredible drummers!
The goal of the competition is to provide aspiring musicians with professional performing and recording opportunities, educational scholarships, mentoring and prizes. Highlights include: the 4 grand prize winners (one in each instrument) will perform at a venue at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the SST guitar grand prize winner to perform with Lee Ritenour and other guitar legends at the “Legends of Guitar” concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Other prizes included are 4 Berklee College of Music scholarships, Guitar finalist to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop Scholarships & Performing Opportunities plus more.
Partnering with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, Jazziz, Music Connection, Concord Records and D’Addario, the 2014 competition offers a total prize package value of over $600,000.