Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival

For Immediate Release
January 2018

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The 21st Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival celebrates 21 years of Jazz music in Miami February with 3 Days of Events at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater

What: 21st Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival “Celebrating Miami’s Jazz Legend Melton Mustafa”

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

When: Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, 2018

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 #MMJF21 welcomes Nestor Torres, Ira Sullivan, Winard Harper, Richie Cole, Jim Gasior, Wendy Pedersen, Jesse Jones Jr., Jean Caze, Doug Michaels, Yamin Mustafa, Allen Paul, The Melton Mustafa Orchestra, The New Vision Sax Ensemble, the Tri- County Honors High School Big Band conducted by Richard Beckford, Broward College Jazz Band conducted by Johnathan Dadurka, Miami-Dade College conducted by Mike Dolito, The winners of the Melton Mustafa Jazz Combo Festival, Florida Memorial University Ambassador Chorale conducted by Melvin White, selected middle and high school bands, local bands, accomplished authors, artist, vendors and more.

Previously, #MMJF has been hosted at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. This year, the Festival will be hosted by the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc., at the 103-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.”

In partnership with MSM Arts and Florida Memorial University, the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival is joining with host location sponsor, The Black Archives, to bring the jazz back to Overtown!

“The Melton Mustafa Big Band is keeping the jazz tradition alive,” said Melton Mustafa, Sr., Founder & Director of the Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival. “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.”

The 21st Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Schedule:

2/23       The Florida Memorial University VIP RECEPTION/SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER 6:30-8:00PM

2/23       Artists, Authors, Live jazz, Vendors & Film presented by the Miami Jazz & Film Society 8-10PM

2/24       Workshops, Master Class, Tri-County Honors Big Band, Featured Bands, Vendors 7AM-8:30PM


Tickets Available via Eventbrite