Popular American smooth jazz musician Bob James will be the headline act at this year’s Stanbic Ghana Jazz Festival.
Scheduled to come off from June 24 to 26 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), the festival will also feature some locally-based artistes to be announced soon.
A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Bob James is a keyboardist, arranger and producer. He is recognised as one of the original founders of smooth jazz and renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals.
Well-known artistes that have sampled his work include Run DMC, Paul Simon, LL Cool J, New Edition and Missy Elliott. A source at Stanbic Ghana’s Corporate Communications department said that the festival, which should have happened last February, was pushed back to enable them to have time to negotiate and secure a formidable act whose music would go down well with jazz lovers here.
“We have established a track record that needs to be maintained. After Peter White and Earl Klugh, we had to follow up with another class act and Bob James perfectly fits the bill,” the Stanbic source said.
Well-known works under Bob James’ name include Feel like Making Love, Nautilus, Angela, Take Me to the Mardigras, and Westchester Lady.
He has also collaborated with musicians such as Earl Klugh, Kirk Whalum and David Sanborn and is a member of the formidable Fourplay jazz quartet.