Hosted by Herbie Hancock and Billy Dee Williams
With a tribute to George Benson
Special Guests Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, and Jimmy Heath
Artistic Director Bob James
Judges: Bill Frisell, Stanley Jordan, Earl Klugh, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and John Pizzarelli
This year's competition will feature several of the world's most talented emerging jazz guitarists, who will be competing for scholarships and prizes. After a round of semifinals, the final competition will be held in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater. The event will also feature performances by some of the most prominent artists in jazz.
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