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News from the International Society of Bassists

The International Society of Bassists' biennial double bass competition was held June 3-4, 2013 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Diana Gannett, professor of double bass at the University of Michigan, served as chair of this year's competition. The five divisions were Solo, Jazz and Orchestra, with competitors from age 19 to 30, and two divisions for younger bassists, age 15 to 18 and age 14 and under.

The Scott LaFaro Prize was won by Martin Jaffe (NMH '12). Just two weeks short of his 19th birthday when he took first prize in the 2013 ISB jazz competition, he makes his home in Conway, Massachusetts. His jazz teachers include Avery Sharpe and Ray Drummond, and he is a self-taught jazz pianist and a composer. Jaffe is also an award-winning classical bassist who has studied with Lynn Lovell, Yasu Suzuki and Sal Macchia. Accolades for Jaffe include Most Valuable Player, Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education Western District Festival (2008), Outstanding Musicianship, Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education-Worcester (2008), and the 2011 Berklee High School Jazz Festival Superior Musicianship and Judge's Choice Award. He has participated in the Vail Jazz Workshop, the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Workshop. Jaffe was named one of twenty 2012 United States Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Since 2001 the $2,500 Scott LaFaro Prize has been given by the family of the late bassist who rose to fame as a member of Bill Evans' legendary trio. Jaffe also received an amplifier from Acoustic Image, the official amplifier of the 2013 ISB convention. He will make an expenses-paid concert appearance to open the 2015 ISB convention.

[caption id="attachment_586" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Marty and John Clayton ISBN 2013 Martin Jaffe (right) and his mentor John Clayton.[/caption]

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