14th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival At Florida Memorial University

MIAMI GARDENS – Music lovers around the world are anxious to experience “It’s All Pure Jazz,” which will serve as this year’s theme for the annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival.

Now in its fourteenth consecutive installment, MSM Arts, Inc. and Florida Memorial University will sponsor the accompanying workshop on Friday, February 12, 2010 and concert on Saturday, February 13, 2010.

The 14th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival Workshop will be held on Friday, February 12, 2010
with Master Classes from 9am to 3pm. The cost for walk-ins is $35, School Groups of 25 is $135. The workshop will be held at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University.

The master classes will be presented by all headliners with a special jazz composition master class with Charles Tolliver.

On Saturday, February 13 the 14th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Concert, “It’s All Pure Jazz” will be from 6pm-10pm. General admission tickets are $35, Florida Memorial Students w/ ID tickets are, $20 taking place at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University.

The concert will be featuring the music of legendary trumpeter/composer-Charles Tolliver (trumpet), Master Drummer- Victor Lewis, Jazz Saxophonist and Scat Singer-Jesse Jones Jr., Pianist Extraordinaire-Edward Simon, Bassist-Ed Howard, Song Stylist-Yvonne Brown, and the Melton Mustafa Orchestra.

Melton Mustafa

The highly-anticipated festival bears its name from internationally-known Miami-based trumpeter Melton Mustafa, who leads the Melton Mustafa Orchestra and directs Florida Memorial University’s Jazz Studies Program. He promises that this year’s intimate setting, along with the artistic and promising performers, will “blow everyone away.”

The theme “It’s All Pure Jazz” promotes the recruitment initiative for the University’s fully-accredited music program. “For the past three years, the concert has been held off campus,” stated Mr. Mustafa. “Now we’ve decided to bring it back to the University so people can really see what we’re all about here at Florida Memorial,” he added.

“It’s All Pure Jazz” also heralds talented and emerging musicians. “We will have the legendary Charles Tolliver who is so intense,” stated Mr. Mustafa. “We also have an exciting group coming out of New York, and the most exciting collegiate bands from Broward College, Michael Krop High, Dillard Performing Arts, and the best of all Florida Memorial University,” he continued. He later spoke about his brother, Jesse Jones Jr., and assured that Jones will bring his renowned group.

Tickets can be purchased from the Florida Memorial University Music Department or from the theater the night of the show. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the University’s Jazz Studies Program.

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