3-2-1   Let's Jam!
​A Philanthropic Jazz Tribute to Cowboy Bebop

​Join us we celebrate Cowboy Bebop's 20th Anniversary​​

On September 29, Her Royal Airship Ashanti and the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance (MBSFA) will be celebrating 20 years of Cowboy Bebop!

Featuring experienced jazz players from Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, the show features intoxicating jazz tunes that will take you on a wild ride through the stars and have you plotting a course to catch your next bounty!

All proceeds go to Melodic Connections, a Cincinnati-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers music therapy lessons to individuals with special needs. 

Go to 321LetsJam.eventzilla.net and purchase your tickets today! Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.​

Location: Withrow High School, 2488 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Time: Show starts at 6:30PM (Doors open at 6PM). 

Hope to see you there, space cowboy!

For more information about HRA Ashanti check out  http://airshipashanti.com/ 

Learn more abut Midwest BSFA here at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestBSFA/

To learn more about Melodic Connections go to 

Wall of Thanks
Below is a list of wonderful organizations and people who have supported us! Without them, our event would not be possible!

Akira Brown
Milton Davis
Andre Batts
  Eva Roberts
Denise McDonald-Bey
Aiesha Little
Karen Wilson
Angelique Miller
B.A. Klapper
Laneysha Campbell
Denise McDonald-Bey
Aiesha Little
Laneysha Campbell
Eva Roberts
B.A. Klapper
Caelyn Nagle
Bret Daly
Rocio Indacochea
Chris Maule
Karen Wilson
Billie Davis
​TaLynn Kel

Meet the Band!​​

  1. Mike Wade
    Mike Wade
    Trumpeter/Band Leader
    Mike Wade began playing trumpet in his pre-teen years. While attending the Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington, D.C., he received a National Symphony Fellowship to study with symphony trumpeters. He attended Howard University for one year before transferring to Central State University on full scholarship, where he received his bachelor’s in music education. He is no stranger to the titles of producer, composer, arranger, and educator. He is also the founder and leader of the Standard Time Quintet, Mike Wade & The Jazz Mafia and the Mike Wade Reality Band. During his career, Mike has been named one of the top ten unsigned jazz, brass players as rated by Jazziz Magazine (1997). His composition, “Blues for Shorty Bop,” was chosen for inclusion on Jazziz on Disc collection. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as David “Fathead” Newman, Clark Terry, Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie, Don Braden, Steve Wilson, Othello Molineaux, Vincent Herring, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Carl Allen, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks & Annie Ross, Winard & Phillip Harper, Antoine Roney, Herb Jeffries, Craig Bailey, Billy Hart, Marc Cary, Bill Lee, Ricky Wellman, Bootsy Collins, Reggie Calloway, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays, Maurice, Freddie, and Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire), Tom Tom ‘84, and E.U. (Experience Unlimited). Mike has contributed his talent to the recordings of William Menefield’s Big Will Leaps In, Art Gore Quintet’s Artwork, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble’s A Journey’s Quest, Dixie Karas’ Never Too Late, Cincinnati Jazz Collection Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Roots & Blues, and WVXU’s Christmas CD, X Star Jazz Christmas.
  2. Reggie Jackson
    Reggie Jackson
    Reggie Jackson, a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and began working with recording artist Kim Pensyl while he was still in college. Shortly after graduation, he started an 11-year tenure with two-time Grammy winner and jazz legend Diane Schuur. He also did a short stint with Aftermath recording artist Truth Hurts and has toured with Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy Award winner Dr. John. In addition to working these artists, Reggie has performed with likes of Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, Anthony Hamilton, Terence Blanchard, Kirk Whalum, Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, Wendell Brunious, Rodney Whitaker, Marcus Belgrave, Lew Tabackin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chuck Loeb, Nelson Rangel and Antonio Hart. The versatile drummer has been seen on The Tonight Show, played in more than 25 countries, and can be heard on recordings ranging from jazz and gospel to hip-hop and R&B.
  3. George Simon
    George Simon
    A former adjunct professor of jazz guitar studies at the University of Dayton and a finalist for the Jazziz Magazine‘s “Guitars on Fire” contest, George Simon has shared the stage with saxophonist Javon Jackson, trumpeter Philip Harper, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and has opened for vocalist Joe Cocker, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, guitarist Norm Brown and trumpeter Rick Braun. He has played multiple venues throughout the region, including Riverbend Music Center, Fraze Pavilion, Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival, Taste of Cincinnati, Dayton Jazz Festival, Charleston Wine and Jazz Festival, Blues Alley (DC), Bakers Keyboard Lounge (Detroit), Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Gilly’s (Dayton), The Greenwich (Cincinnati), and The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati).d professional.
  4. Peter Gemus
    Peter Gemus
    Originally from New Jersey, Peter Gemus has been living in Cincinnati for the last 10 years. During that time he has been fortunate enough to work with and learn from many of the area’s great musicians. He is currently involved in several collaborative musical projects and can be heard Tuesday and Thursday nights at 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab.
  5. Marc Fields
    Marc Fields
    Marc Fields credits his earliest and most important musical influence to his father, jazz disc jockey Bill Fields. Marc attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied orchestral trombone, enriching his knowledge of music. After graduating in 1975 with honors from CCM, he landed a position as a staff musician working on the Bob Braun show at WLWT-TV, a Cincinnati based television station. During this time he also was a member of the house band for the legendary Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. In 1975, Marc began establishing his career as a jazz trombonist, and as one of the better freelance musicians in the greater Cincinnati area. He has performed with such artists as Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Ray Felder, Fred Hersch, Billy Hart, Kenny Garrett, Ahmad Jamal, Steve Wilson, and Mulgrew Miller. Marc also performed for six years with Ray Charles, touring around the world six times, recording an album, and appearing on the “Ray Charles 50 Year Anniversary” television special. Marc returned home to Cincinnati in 1994 and landed a position as adjunct professor of jazz trombone and combos at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he challenges his students to understand the great qualities of the trombone. Marc Fields, in addition to his position at CCM, actively performs freelance work in the regional area, and still performs with the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Clyde Brown Unlimited and his own jazz quintet.
  6. Terry Twitty
    Terry Twitty
    Terry Twitty earned his degree from Central State University and is a prolific and creative music educator, trombonist and arranger. He is a very versatile musician who has graced the stage with many great and nationally renowned artist jazz, funk, Latin, classical and African high-life are just a few of the music idioms he has successfully performed, written and arranged. Terry has performed with a number of well-known musicians, including Larry Blackmon of Cameo, Bootsy Collins, Brian Culbertson, Dells, Temptations, Four Tops, Slide Hampton and Woody Shaw.
  7. Patrick Kelly
    Patrick Kelly
    Patrick Kelly's older brother showed him chords on the ukulele at age 5. He took trumpet lessons in the 5th and 6th grade and was self-taught on piano beginning at age 14. During high school years he began playing organ in rock bands. At age 18 he began formal piano lessons and began his pursuit of jazz. A first notable gig was as house pianist at the Blue Wisp in 1978 where he played jazz piano with Jimmy McGary, Cal Collins and others. He formed The Groove Organizers with Tim Hagans and Sandy Suskind in 1982. From 1980-1983, he studied with composers Joel Hoffman and Allen Sapp, earning Bachelor of Music degree in composition in from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After living and working in Pensacola, Fla., he returned to Cincinnati and formed the PsychoAcoustic Orchestra (13-piece eclectic ensemble playing original compositions and arrangements) in 1991. The band has released SUPREME THING (1994), REACTIVATION (1996), and FUN WITH NOTES (2016). Pat served as a producer for J Curve Records from 1998-2004 and composed score for feature film Artworks in 2003. He has performed with Teri Thornton, Louis Hayes, Buddy DeFranco, Toots Thielmans, Pete Petersen, Howard Johnson, Chuck Wayne, Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Barney Kessel, Rusty Bryant, Latin X-posure, The Blue Wisp Big Band and The Dee Felice Big Band. He toured Russia in October 2017 with vocalist Mandy Gaines. He leads the group MJQ Déjà vu, which recreates music of the modern jazz quartet. He also leads quartet Big In Space, in which he plays organ, and freelances locally with other leaders.nd professional.
  8. Ricardo Wilkins
    Ricardo Wilkins
    Originally from Panama, Ricardo Wilkins and his family moved to Cincinnati when he was 7 years old. He taught himself to play bongos when asked to be part of a church function, which is when he realized he had a gift for music. Ricardo later moved on to congas, and other percussion instruments, influenced by musicians such as Mongo Santa Marie, Santana and Wes Montgomery. He eventually formed his own band, Solid State, before moving to Los Angeles. He played with the likes of Norman Connors, Wayne Henderson and the Crusaders, The Isley Brothers, Barry White, Diana Ross and more.
  9. Joshua Atkin
    Joshua Atkin
    Joshua Atkin has performed in numerous ensembles prior studying at The Ohio State University. While in college, he studied with Gene Walker, Hank Marr and Pharez Whitted. He’s played throughout Europe and the U.S. in multiple jazz festivals including Montreaux, North Sea, Saratoga Springs, New Orleans Jazz Fest and many others. He’s played in many large and small ensembles, including Nasty Nati Brass Band, Imer Santiago Quintet and Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. Joshua currently plays in the Mario Abney Sextet and with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra.
  10. Marvin Curry, Jr.
    Marvin Curry, Jr.
    Marvin Curry Jr. was born in Hamilton, Ohio, and went to the school for the creative and performing arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he performed in all the advanced groups. After high school, he attended Central State University and performed with multiple music performing groups during his time there. He also played alongside big names like Bobby Jones, Reggie Callaway and Bootsy Collins. Marvin released The Seventh Trump, his first solo CD as independent artist, in 2007.
  11. Dwayne Irvin
    Dwayne Irvin
    Born and raised in Cincinnati, Dwayne Irvin studied saxophone at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the Jazz/Studio music program, where he played lead tenor in the 1:00 band. He has performed locally with several groups, working professionally in the Cincinnati area for more than 40 years. He went on to work with several local groups, including January’s Celebration band, and can currently be heard with the Steely Dan tribute group Aja, Clyde Brown Unlimited, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and the Kentucky Symphony Swing group, Devou Daddies. Over the years, he has backed up several national acts, including the Spinners, Drifters, Temptations, Leslie Gore, and Regis Philbin, to name a few.
  12. Eli Gonzalez
    Eli Gonzalez
    A student at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a degree in Jazz Performance, Eli Gonzalez has performed at various places throughout Ohio, including The Greenwich, Blue Note Bistro in Miamisburg, Blu Jazz in Akron and the Jazz & Rib Festival in Columbus. He also performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.
  13. Hal Melia
    Hal Melia
    Playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinets (Bb, Eb Soprano, and Bass), and EWI (electronic wind instrument), Hal Melia spent 1986 through 1991 in Los Angeles recording and arranging with top jazz and R&B groups (Tower of Power Horns, Buddy Rich Band, Billy Vera and the Beaters), and appearing in several major motion pictures (Bugsy, Dick Tracy, The Marrying Man, Mobsters, Parent Trap III and others). He has also recorded with artists on several labels, including MCA Records and Positive Music Records, Inc. In 1991, Hal and his family returned to Dayton, Ohio, where he founded Miami Valley Jazz Labs, a jazz school for kids from middle school through high school. During this time, he attained his masters degree in saxophone performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His premier CD, WADUYATHINK, was released in 1993 on Positive Music Records and was a top 25 jazz CD. From 1998 to 2004, Hal was visiting assistant professor of music and in jazz studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he resurrected a dormant Jazz Studies program, working with jazz great Bobby Watson the last four of those years. During his time there, Hal became an integral part of the Kansas City jazz scene, performing and recording in a variety of venues, and serving as president of the Jazz Ambassadors, a jazz support organization in Kansas City. In 2013, Hal started a popular horn band called Brass Tracks Band, in which he arranges and plays the music of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, and many more popular bands from the 1970s to the current day.
  14. Umvikeli Jones
    Umvikeli Jones
    Umvikeli G. Scott Jones expresses his creativity primarily through music performance and composition and also as a visual artist. He currently serves as Director of Bands and Choirs at David H. Ponitz Carerr Technology Center and Director of Bands at Wogaman Middle School in the Dayton Public Schools. His performance repertoire ranges from jazz to classical, to avant-garde and he has performed with several ensembles in the Midwest region, most recently with the Nasty Nati Brass Band, Tuckie Bailey and the Bagabonds, and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, as well as with national artists such as The Funk Brothers, Spyder Turner and the National Jazz Orchestra of Detroit.
  15. William Ward
    William Ward
    William showed a talent for music at a young age. He began taking cello lessons in the third grade under the guidance of Judith Gardner. In the fifth grade, he began piano lessons and he joined the renowned Cincinnati All City Boys Choir. By junior high school, William had begun his love affair with the trumpet. Upon graduation high school, William attended Central State University, majoring in music. While there, he had the opportunity to learn from musicians such as Donald Bird, Nathan Davis and the great Johnny Lytle. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, William continued his education at Northern Illinois University, where his focus was audio engineering. While there, William studied with Mike Steinel and the renowned jazz educator, Ron Modell. Additionally, William had the honor of performing with the likes of Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Bob Mintzer, Steve Houghton and Vinnie DiMartino. He graduated with a Masters in Music in 1987. In 1989, William joined the faculty at his Alma Mater, Central State University, where he taught music theory, brass education and recording engineering. During his eight-year tenure, William produced and engineered two CDs with the Grammy-nominated Central State University Chorus. Also during this period, he served as music director of the Ghanaian band, Sankofa. With Sankofa, he shared the stage with the likes of Hugh Masekela, King Sunny Ade, Koko Taylor and Regina Belle. He also produced and engineered the bands album, Retrieve The Past. For the past thirty years, William has worked as a freelance musician, performing with artists such as Lionel Hampton, The Dells, Johnny Lytle, The Eddie Brookshire Big Band and Quintet, The Dayton Funk All Stars and Kolage. He is presently a member of the Flye City Hornz, which performs with the legendary R&B group, Cameo.
  16. Roland Joseph
    Roland Joseph
    Roland has been a Cincinnati-based trumpet player for the past 12 years. Playing with several bands ranging from Christian, pop, funk, R&B, blues, big band, Latin and Caribbean styles. He’s a come-back player and a weekend warrior with a passion for playing great music in front of an appreciative crowd.
Get a Sneak Peak...
The Cowboy Bebop big band held another full practice and they sound AMAZING! If you're in Southwest Ohio and enjoy jazz or anime (or both!), missing this show is NOT an option! Get your tickets at 321letsjam.eventzilla.net TODAY!

Donate a Ticket!

Take the #CowboyBebopChallenge and Buy a Concert Ticket for a Local Student!

Ten years ago, back when our Mechanic, Ofeibea Loveless was a full-time magazine editor, she had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of a dream in real time. She'd spent several months in late 2007/early 2008 shadowing a local teacher named Betsey Zenk and her autistic student Latron Dodd. Latron didn’t read, write or talk but he had perfect pitch. Betsey used her music therapy background to connect with him through music. Shortly before winter break, she taught Latron some chords on a piano. When he returned, he was playing parts of “Moonlight Sonata.” Betsey was amazed. Through music, she began to see something come alive in Latron and she wanted to nurture that spark.

With the permission of Latron’s mom, she began to tailor his individual educational plan to incorporate music. She eventually did the same for all of her students. Ofeibea met  with Betsy and wrote her story when her work was just starting to yield some successful results. (You can read more here, if you like:  http://melodicconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/the-sound-of-silence.pdf ) After the story was published, Betsey told Ofeibea how much she enjoyed it and that it inspired her to get her nonprofit off the ground. It would be called Melodic Connections and she recruited Ofeibea to be on the board. She was honored. Melodic Connections had their first board meeting in September 2008. That was the beginning of her six and a half years as the charity’s PR/Marketing chair, pitching the organization to every media outlet in town. Melodic Connections’ first class had 30 students. By the time she left the board, the organization was serving well over 300 students a year.

Ofeibea looks back fondly on her time with Melodic Connections and she always keeps them in mind when she's supporting philanthropic causes. So when HRA Ashanti and MBSFA started thinking about charities to support with their upcoming Cowboy Bebop concert on Sept. 29, Melodic Connections were top of mind! And after hearing our big band practice, she does not only want to help Melodic Connections, she wants to help local students hear these amazing musicians play! 

That’s where you come in: go to  321letsjam.eventzilla.net , buy a ticket to the show and donate it to a local student who can’t afford one! Once you purchase a ticket, email [email protected] and say you’re donating it to a student and we’ll add your name to our “Wall of Thanks”!

What are you waiting for? Take the #CowboyBebopChallenge TODAY!

Costume Contest Winners
Congratulations to our costume contest winners!
For more information on all their hard work and why they choose their cosplays please read below:
About the Costume
I made Spike's costume from modified patterns with the exception of the yellow shirt and tie. We went into detail about how the costumes were constructed on our Facebook page which I have linked below, but it took me quite a while to get Spike's wig just right: I ordered 2 wigs from Arda Wigs after a lot of mulling over which color to get. The wigs I wanted were on back order, so I waited a few weeks for them to arrive, only for them to be stolen right off my porch! I re-ordered just in time for Naka-Kon, the convention where we were going to debut our cosplays (Steve Blum, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn were guests...we had to make it happen!). I separated the wefts from one wig and added them to the second, trimmed it, and hand curled all those spikes with a flat iron and a rat tail comb! It was a labor of love!

Why Cowboy Bebop
I would like to submit my cosplay of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop to the contest on behalf of our group, Pros and Cons Cosplay. We're twin cosplayers from the Midwest who focus on cosplay craftsmanship and increasing diversity and inclusion in our geeky spaces. Spike and Jet were incredibly fun to wear! Not only because we got to hang out as characters from one of the best anime anime ever created (fight me), I think our character choices matched our personalities a little too! 

Tamarah Dixon
Nicci Sefton​​
​​ About the Costume
For a more detailed look at my costume, the shirt i cut the collar off and the bottom and then let my husky play with it for a few days so it would be more stretched out and worn [it took another full day to get it back from him...]. The shorts are just spanks i had and cut to length. The googles i bought and rub and buffed to make silver. The wig is a Epic cosplay wig, Apollo, copper, that i shock upside down and hair sprayed and glued until satisfied. I currently am refurbishing my old laptop to be more like Ed's and am also waiting for the last few pieces for my boyfriends Spike costume that i completely made, so you may get another entry from me if it gets here in time!

Why Cowboy Bebop
My cosplay is Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, alias Radical Ed! But you may call me Ed for short! My costume may not be as sexy as Faye Faye, elaborate as Jet's, or as even suave as Jet's... but all those, like Ed herself, isnt any of those things. She [or he] is simplistic when it gets right down to her core, yes she's eccentric and loopy, but she's free, breezy, and doesn't care what people think. Ed is someone more people should be more like. That's the main reason i like the show, plus you cant deny the amazing music....
About the Costume
My Jet Black cosplay was a true labor of love. All of the shiny metal parts (boot armor, shoulders, eye piece) are all made from polished aluminum that I designed, cut, tig welded, and polished myself. No paint, no plastic, no foam. The blue coveralls are heavily modified fire resistant nomex coveralls as Jets coveralls were supposedly a flight suit. Even the material is authentic. I did all the painting, tailoring, and modifications to the coverall. The boots are knee length leather linemans boots. I designed, built, and attached the aluminum components to the boots to emulate Jets armored boots as closely as possible. The boots as worn in the anime are not really possible in the real world. Jet's bionic arm/hand is a quilted and airbrushed sleeve with glove that I designed,  sewed, and air brushed myself. I wanted a soft, form fitting arm that moved like Jet's arm. Foam and plastic would lack fluid motion. The beard and hair are real except for the black styling wax I use. I shave my head and beard in the style of Jet. No costume or wig hair. All real! The scar is collodion with colored highlights so it shows better in pics. The aluminum eye piece so iconic with Jet was designed and hand forged by me. Its attached with pros-aide 2. The shoulders are aluminum as well and attached with magnets and velcro. The logo on the back of the coverall is hand painted by me based on screen shots from the anime. Tshirt paint allows for the coveralls to be washed along with the arm and glove.

I think that's everything! Basically, other than a few purchased items like the coveralls, black wrist bands, and leather boots; I made, designed, and altered everything on this costume myself. All disciplines from sewing to, painting, to tig welding.

Why Cowboy Bebop
My oldest son, currently 24 and an accomplished cosplayer, watched Cowboy Bebop on adult swim. It was a bonding time that was incredibly special to both of us. Jet being the "Dad" of the show always held a spot in my heart. As as a tribute to those fond memories and to honor the art that is Cowboy Bebop, I created this cosplay. I hoped that I could at least do Jet justice. At Mechacon 2318 I met Mr Beau Billingslea. His approval validated my efforts. We are now Facebook friends and he has expressed the following to me in a post "You are very special to me Brady! Your Cosplay touched my heart". I'm just happy that I could bring a beloved character to life, make fans smile, make Beau smile, and make my kids proud. 

Brady Broussard 
Joe Christie
About the Costume
The suit was made from scratch by a friend of mine, who goes by ‘ Belle’s Domain’. We decided on the materials and she used structuring for the shoulder pads and the jacket fastens with poppers to get the right kind of slouch. The wig was made from scratch by me, using Kanekalon synthetic hair, hot glue and an old pair of tights. This was then cut and styled and was a more recent addition to the costume. I blended 4 parts black with one part dark green to get the correct shade that fit with my references. 

The shirt was bought and distressed, and the tie was from a charity shop. The boots are what I’d usually wear to the office. As well as this, I’ve been working on my makeup skills to give myself convincing green eyebrows and more ‘flawless’ anime skin.

Why Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop wasn’t my first anime, but it remains my favourite to this day. The music and visual aesthetic makes it one of the most unique and immersive series in my opinion, and the emotional depth allowed down to the fleeting score kept me invested until I had recommended it to all of my friends.

Photos by Manticore Cosplay and BigGuySlim photography.
Costume Contest Rules

​We're celebrating 3-2-1 Let's Jam Philanthropic Jazz concert by hosting an online costume contest!

 Rules and Requirements
  • Contestants are required to submit 3-5 photos and a short bio by August 15.  Entries can be submitted:
    • By email to  [email protected]
    • Via Instagram using the tags @airshipashanti or @midwestbsfa
    • On Facebook by tagging @Airship Ashanti or @Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance 
  • Each entry should include:
    • One (1) head shot
    • One (1) full body shot
    • A short bio that includes the cosplayer's name, cosplay page (if applicable), brief description of costume, and why you like show Cowboy Bebop
  • All costumes must be Cowboy Bebop related/ inspired and will be judged on 3 criteria: Costume Quality, Presentation, and Effort (see below for more detail)

 Voting and Prizes
  • On August 27, the top 5-7 contestants will be placed in a poll located on the Facebook  3-2-1 Let’s Jam – A Philanthropic Jazz Tribute to Cowboy Bebop event page! Here fans will have 2 weeks to vote for their favorite cosplay.
  • In addition, chosen contestants will be featured on our website, Facebook cosplay page, and Instagram accounts
  • The winner of the costume contest will be announced on September 10.
  • Winners will be awarded several prizes: one (1) free ticket to the jazz concert, a personalized funko pop of their Cowboy Bebop cosplay, and a copy of our concert poster autographed by Melissa Fahn, the voice actor of Radical Ed

 Judging Criteria
  1. Costume Quality:
    All costumes are valued. However, costumes made from scratch vs store bought pieces then modified will be given extra consideration. In addition, if sewn/ crafted the quality of the stitching and choice of fabric as well as the choice of structural materials that include foam, worbla, or cardboard, to name a few, and the difficulty in creating the costume will be taken into account. Costume accessories such as wigs, makeup, or jewelry and their quality and fluidity to the costume will be judged accordingly
  2. Presentation:
    Photos that make an effort to pose and portray characters will be given additional points. Effort to stage characters in an environment related to Cowboy Bebop will also be given extra points. Photo quality and professionalism will also be taken into account.
  3. Effort:
    The effort category somewhat goes hand in hand with quality. The overall amount of time spent in creating the costume will be taken into effect, as well as paying attention to detail, accessories, handmade verses store bought, and so forth. Point out to the judges any details that required extra effort to complete, or rare props and accessories that make the costume unique.