Bob James, two-time Grammy Award-winner will headline the 2016 edition of the Stanbic Jazz Festival.
The festival which is scheduled to take place at the Accra International Conference Center from June 24-26, 2016 will also have other artistes like saxophonist Tom Braxton and a host of local acts like Aka Blay, Ayisah, Kyekyeku and Constant Boty all performing great jazz tunes.
Speaking at the launch of the festival in Accra on Wednesday, Mawuko Afadzinu, head of marketing and communications at Stanbic Bank said:
“Over the past three years we have been ensuring that the Stanbic Jazz Festival gains recognition as a stop on the global jazz calendar by presenting top-flight musicians to the people of Ghana”.
“This year we are presenting Bob James to cement the plan of making this a must-attend event on the jazz circuit,” he added.
According to him Stanbic intends to develop and grow the jazz music industry in Ghana hence the decision to introduce the annual concert.
Mr. Afadzinu also revealed at the launch that Stanbic will use 20% of proceeds from the event to support the Leukemia Foundation of Ghana.
The three-day Stannic Jazz Festival is co-sponsored by Vodafone Business Solutions, Labadi Beach Hotel, Graphic Communications Group limited Joy FM and Citi FM.
Bob James is an American smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognized as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals, and his work is frequently sampled.
Within a year of his discovery by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, for Mercury Records. Fifty-eight albums and innumerable awards have followed in the last five decades.