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Phil Jones Bass and Labella Announce SOLO BASS COMPETITION Winners

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jan 28, 2020.


  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Phil Jones Bass and Labella Strings first annual West Coast Solo Bass Contest was held on Thursday night at NAMM at the Clarion Hotel in front of a capacity crowd. The pre-selected finalists performed for a celebrity panel of judges that included bass legends Lee Sklar, Bakithi Kumalo, Bob Glaub, Oskar Cartaya, Jerry Watts, and producer Jeff Weber. The winners of the contest included Josh Cohen 1st place, Kirby Barber 2nd place, and Samual Smith 3rd place.

    The evening began with a total of ten finalists that competed for prizes from sponsors that included PJB, Labella, NS Design, Warwick, Gizmotron, Bass Magazine, Marleux basses, Sandberg, Brubaker, and Lathon Basswear. Michael Albronda of Phil Jones Bass hosted the event along with assistance from Eric Labella.

    The Solo Bass Contest is a popular annual event that takes place each October at the LaBella showroom in New York City. As a result of the success of the NAMM event plans are already underway to book a larger venue for the January 2021 contest as many interested attendees were turned away due to the capacity crowd.

    Judges Bass Contest.jpg
    Judges left to right: standing Rick Carlson and Phil Jones of PJB

    Sitting: Jeff Weber, Lee Sklar, Oskar Cartaya, Bob Glaub, Bakithi Kumalo, Jerry Watts


    Bass Contest Winners.jpg

    Contest Winners

    Left to right Kirby Barber, Josh Cohen, Samual Smith
     
  2. Bassaga

    Bassaga

    Sep 4, 2015
    Super excited to see that they held this competition, and I really hope it grows! Solo bass has so much room to be shared and developed, so I'm in favor of anything the encourages it and gets people thinking about it.
     
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