The 2017 edition of Ghana’s elite jazz concert, the Stanbic Jazz Festival, has been launched at a high profile ceremony in Accra.
The Stanbic Jazz Festival, a musical journey that began in 2014, brings world-class quality jazz concerts to serenade jazz lovers in Ghana.
The Stanbic Jazz Festival provides a platform for top-flight musicians by bringing global legends and local icons together in keeping with the tradition of the Standard Bank Group.
The 2017 Stanbic Jazz Festival, which is under the theme “Sax and Strings on Cruise”, will host American Jazz legend Gerald Albright and Cameroonian born sensation Richard Bona.
Gerald Albright is one of the biggest contemporary and straight-ahead jazz musicians who has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.”
Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. Albright’s love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist.
Richard Bona, is no stranger to jazz lovers in Ghana, having headlined a number of jazz events in Ghana. Bona is a jazz bassist who has played and performed with jazz greats such as Joe Zawinul, Regina Carter, and Bob James.
Bona also had a two-year stint with the great Harry Belafonte as his musical director.
Speaking at the launch of the 2017 Stanbic Jazz Festival, Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Mr. Alhassan Andani said jazz music with its long history in Ghana, is loved by many people in the country and the Stanbic Jazz Festival provides a platform for both local and global icons to meet and musically interact with each other.
“We are a local bank with global links and we believe that getting the chance to play with legends would make for the cross fusion of ideas between our indigenous and foreign artists to make them greater acts, thereby enhancing the glocal nature of the event,” he said.
Fifteen Ghanaian acts led by Aka Blay and the Abiza Band will be part of the show. Others will include Steve Bedi, the Ayisah Dey duo, Licks and Riffs, Paa Kow, Adoma and Stephanie Benson.
As part of Stanbic’s support for worthy courses, this year’s event is in aid of the fight against malaria and part of the ticket proceeds shall be used to support the Infanta Foundation.