After hosting two successful events in the last two years, Stanbic Bank Ghana has launched the third edition of the annual Stanbic Bank Jazz Festival slated from June 24 to 26.
The year’s edition scheduled to take place at the Accra International Conference Centre would be headlined by Bob James. Also on the bill are saxophonist Tom Braxton as well as local acts such as Aka Blay, Ben Ayisah, Kyekyeku and Constant Boty.
Speaking at the launch, Mawuko Afadzinu, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Stanbic Bank Ghana said this year’s event is a progressing of what they had organized previously with Peter White and Earl Klugh.
“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,” he said.
“This year we are presenting Bob James to cement the plan of making this a must-attend event on the jazz circuit. Stanbic Bank’s association with such world class talent is to buttress the point that we aim to deliver world class service.”
“We want to contribute in positive ways to the local economy by developing and growing the music industry, thereby providing employment, training and skills development in all the related fields of technical production, including sound engineering and lighting, marketing, Public Relations, event management and hospitality,” said Mr Afadzinu.
Mr Afadzinu told GhanaGist.Com in an exclusive interview after the launch that, “This year is going to be very different. If Last year was fantastic, this year is going to be much better. Indeed we said that, as a bank we believe in constantly raising the bar. We are going to have three days instead of two days.”
Launching the event, Nana Dwemoh Benneh, Head – Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic Bank said the Jazz is a great entertainment for their customers and they are pleased to organize it for their Ghanaian customers.
“Jazz is one of the ways in which our customers have continually told us that, it enhances their lifestyles and it’s a great entertainment for them. So I echo the sentiments of all our customers and say we are pleased to be able to do this for our Ghanaian customers and it’s a way which will reflect how we want to embed into their lives as well.”
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.
Renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals, the career of Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his days in Marshall Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world.
Ticket prices for the show includes 250GHC for Showtime single; 450GHC for Showtime Double; 350GHC for VIP single and 650GHC for VIP Double. Reserve your tickets before 6th June and enjoy a 10% Early Bird Discount.