One of Akbank’s most important symbols of its determination to create lasting values and to make these values sustainable, and one of Turkey’s most enduring festivals, the Akbank Jazz Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. It has staged unforgettable performances and hosted the world’s most prominent jazz artists, including Max Roach, Art Ensemble of Africa, Cecil Taylor, Abbey Lincoln, Dave Holland, Archie Shepp, McCoy Tyner, Henry Threadgill, Abdullah İbrahim Trio, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Stephan Micus, Roberto Fonseca, İbrahim Maalouf, Eleni Karaindrou, Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, Enrico Rava, Mare Nostrum, Jim Rotondi, Jamie Cullum, Christian McBride, Terje Rypdall, Manu Katché, John Scofield & Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell. With its quality musicians and ensembles, the Festival has become an eagerly anticipated event in not only Turkey but also internationally. Celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2016, the festival is once again introducing the city to an exciting variety of jazz between 12-23 October. A legendary jazz musician as well as one of the most prolific names in jazz having featured in almost 2500 albums, two-time Grammy award winner Ron Carter is among the stars to be featured in the 26th Akbank Jazz Festival; along with Imany, known for enriching contemporary soul music; drummer, composer and songwriter Nigerian Tony Allen, who represents a fusion of rock and hiphop with Afrobeat, which is a blend of jazz and funk strains; and one of the world’s greatest tenor saxophone artists, 75-year-old Pharaoh Sanders. Music lovers will also be treated to many Turkish jazz musicians including Fatih Erkoc, Ilham Gencer, Onder Focan, Okay Temiz and Ferit Odman.