Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival

For Immediate Release
January 2021
Media Contact: Melton Mustafa

The 24th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival celebrates 24 years of Jazz music in Miami

February with 3 Days of Events at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater

What: 24th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival “Jazz on the Plaza”

Who: Presented by MSM Arts United and host sponsor, The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.

When: Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2021

Where: The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

About: The Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival is a three-day music festival, featuring a selection of the best jazz musicians in the world. This year #MMJF24 welcomes International Trumpeter Marquis Hill, Multi-Instrumentalist Jason Marshall, Mr. Entertainment Jesse Jones Jr., Jim Gasior, Tal Cohen, Chello Davis, May Reign, Will Serious, Dony Felix, Eddie Balzoa, Harvel Nakundi, Allen Paul, Marty Quinn, Lenard Rutledge, James Cotman, The Melton Mustafa 18 piece Orchestra, selected middle, high school and college bands, local bands, accomplished authors, artist, vendors and more.

For the sixth year, the Festival will be hosted by the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc., at the 105-year old Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. In its heyday, Overtown was called, “The Harlem of the South,” and was home to night life which rivaled the biggest, hottest clubs around the country. Musical greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin and more graced the stages of the nightclubs, theaters and hotels that lines Northwest Second Avenue, known then as “Little Broadway.”

The late Melton Mustafa, Sr., Founder & Director of the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival started the multi-day event with the vision to perpetuate great legacy of jazz music.  “The Melton Mustafa Big Band is keeping the jazz tradition alive,” said Mustafa. “The Ellington Band did, Count Basie and Charles Mingus did, and now I’m paving the way for young musicians to get on board and carry the torch.”

“It is an honor to partner with the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival again for the sixth year,” said Black Archives executive director, Timothy A. Barber. “Mr. Mustafa was an amazingly talented musician, and a man with great vision. Our support for this festival is right in line with what we do all year round-- preserve Black history and create a platform to showcase our rich culture through the arts, culture, and education.”

The festival opens with a night of live jazz and poetry, and continues with workshops and performances on Saturday, the festival ends with a red-carpet event and closeout concert. For tickets & more info, visit.

The 24th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Weekend Schedule:

2/26       “Live on the Plaza” - LIVE JAZZ, POETRY, SILENT AUCTION, VENDORS                        7PM-10PM

2/27       Virtual Zoom Jazz Workshops                                                                                               9:50AM-12PM

2/27       Jazzy Mixer @ The Lil GreenHouse Grill, LLC.                                                                     6PM-8PM

2/28       MMJF24 RED CARPET EVENT 5PM & “LIVE on the Plaza Concert                                   5PM-9PM

For tickets & more info, visit