We have been described in many ways, but the one thing that Ghanaians are not typically known for around the world is their appreciation for Jazz music.
Well, we can now add that to our list of qualities; celebrated saxophonist Tom Braxton says that Ghanaians make a very intelligent audience.
The Jazz legend was in Ghana in June to perform with Bob James at the Stanbic Jazz Festival 2016. This was his second time in Ghana; in 2015, he played with Earl Klugh at last year’s edition of the same platform.
“I think that [Ghanaians] are extremely appreciative of Jazz. I was here with Earl Klugh, they loved him; Bob James too. They’ve been gracious to me for the duration of my set and I think [that] they are a very intelligent audience and are very learned about this kind of music,” Tom said.
He added, “[Culturally and historically], Ghanaians go way back, as far as this kind of music goes. I find them to be very hospitable and extremely and deeply intelligent about Jazz.”
It’s a common notion that people , who are able to appreciate and to relate to music genres that are as complex and as sophisticated as Jazz music is, are generally a highly intellectual and perceptive group of people. And if this is the case, then let’s happily accept the compliment!
Tom Braxton has eight albums and his next, The Other Side, is a collaborative album that was released on July 8, 2016.