Friday, November 25th, 8pm|Free! Rain or Shine!!
The Melton Mustafa Orchestra
Trumpet player extraordinaire, arranger, composer, producer, and educator, Melton has performed with some of the top names in jazz including the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Bobby Watson, Jaco Pastorius, George Cables, John Hicks, Charlie Mingus Dynasty, and Gunther Schuller, among many others.
Mustafa has played in many of the international Jazz Festivals, including the Playboy Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Ravinia Jazz Festival, SS Norway Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Lugano Jazz Festival (Italy), Pori Jazz Festival, Charlie Mingus Epitaph Orchestra in Russia and many others.
Though a traveling artist, Mustafa manages to perform duties as an educator. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Florida Memorial University, where he teaches Music Theory, Jazz Composition, and other jazz-related courses. He also produces his Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival at FMU. Some of the guest artists that appeared at the Festival from 1996- 2009 were Jon Faddis, Abraham Laboriel, Benny Golson, Dr. Nathan Davis, Dr. Grover Washington Jr., Dr. James Moody, Idris Muhammad, George Cables, Wallace Roney, Patrice Rushen, Geri Allen, Jimmy Owens, Billy Cobham, Herbie Mann, Dr. Billy Taylor, Clarke Terry, Curtis Fuller, Nestor Torres, Winard Harper, Najee, Randy Brecker, Donald Harrison, and others.
The Melton Mustafa Orchestra, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization.
Wow!!…WOW!!… Melton Mustafa is the most incredible human being that I know that has chosen mastering the trumpet as his tool to communicate, educate, encourage and touch the lives of people on this earth. His knowledge, wisdom, and abilities are as vast as the oceans are deep and his ego is protected by his sincere humbleness…
All of these wonderful attributes become a deep well and source for his trumpet playing. You hear a truthful well balanced, complete unselfish life that waste no words or notes. He says exactly what you need to hear when you need to hear it. There are originators and there are imitators. Melton Mustfa is truly an original truthful player. You can’t separate his playing from his life because when he plays you’re hearing all the places he has been in his spritual life….. and it sounds good to me!!
-George Tandy Recording Artist, Producer, Keyboardist