Two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer Bob James has arrived in Ghana to headline to third edition of the Stanbic Ghana Jazz Festival.
“I’m extremely proud to be here for the first time in Ghana. The best thing I can say to all of you is thank you very much for welcoming me in such a warm manner to your country,” he said at a media briefing at Stanbic Height.
“I’m really looking forward in the next couple of days of getting to know you and getting to know about your country as I play at the show,” an excited Bob added.
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.
Bob James headlines the Stanbic Bank Jazz Festival slated from June 24 to 26 at the Accra International Conference Centre alongside saxophonist Tom Braxton.
Other acts on the night includes Steve Bedi, Aka Blay, Kyekyeku, Ayisa-Dey Group, Stephanie Benson, Constant Boty, Blue Rhythms, Les Femmes, Owura Kay, Adomaa and KNii Lante.
Last year, about 3,000 patrons attended the event, this year, 4,500 patrons are expected to be part of the festival. Part of the proceeds would be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation of Ghana as part of Stanbic’s support for worthy causes.