Ali Cultural Arts at Pompano Beach presents the Melton Mustafa Orchestra
Ali Cultural Arts Center hosts the Melton Mustafa Orchestra in the beautiful covered outdoor courtyard of Pompano Beach.
The orchestra, founded by the late Grammy Award-winning artist Melton Mustafa, is now conducted by his son, Melton Mustafa, Jr., a renowned saxophonist. The orchestra is the only 18-piece jazz big band led by African Americans in South Florida. The concert is on Saturday November 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $ 15 and are available at www.pompanobeacharts.org. Food and drinks will also be on sale.
“We are delighted to welcome Melton back to Ali’s stage,” said Phyllis Korab, Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “He is an extraordinary musician who mesmerizes audiences with his own distinctive style, while paying homage to his father’s unparalleled heritage.”
Melton Mustafa, Jr. is a two-time Grammy-nominated educator who was recently presented at the Jazz in The Gardens Festival in Miami.
Mustafa Jr. received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Florida A&M University, where he served as Head of the Saxophone Section and Head of the Dance Routine Committee for the Legendary Marching “100”. While at FAMU, Mustafa performed with the FAMU “Strikers” at the Apollo Theater and traveled the world with the Marching “100”. He obtained a Masters in Education from CRF and is currently working on his Doctorate in Leadership. Mustafa currently works as a professional music teacher at the Parkway School of the Arts and is an adjunct professor at Florida Memorial University.
As a director, Mustafa directed the “Star Spangled Banner” for the Junior Olympics, directed a Super Bowl show called “Global Rhythms Local Beat”, was musical director of the “From the Porch” show featuring Danny glover, led the group and choreographed Marching in Master “P” and Little Romeo’s music video, “Two Way” (which was featured on the BET Access Granted TV show – making the video). Mustafa also wrote and received a grant to create a community group at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
Ali Cultural Arts Center is located at 353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Pompano Beach.