MUSTAFA ON SAX
Melton Mustafa son of International Jazz Artist Melton Mustafa Sr. was born in Atlanta, GA. and raised in Miami, Fl. where he started playing music in high school under the direction of Mr. Frank Neal at Miami Carol City HS. Melton Mustafa received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida A&M University where he served as Section leader 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 theatre and traveled the world with the Marching “100”. After undergraduate school, Mustafa received a Master’s Degree in Education from Florida International University and where he is currently working on his Doctoral Degree in Leadership. Melton Mustafa currently works as Professional Music Educator at Parkway School of the Arts & Florida Memorial University, performs, directs and produces music professionally.
As a musician, Mustafa has studied and performed all over the United States. Performing with with groups like: The Melton Mustafa Orchestra (A 17 piece jazz big Band ala Count Basie), Rock With You Ent., Ike and Val Woods (Blues Band), Betty Padgett (Blues/Funk Vocalist), The New Vision Sax Ensemble (Sax Quartet), Barabas and "The New Tribe" in the Bahamas
As a director, Mustafa has conducted the “Star Spangled Banner” for the Junior Olympics, written and directed a show for the Super Bowl entitled “Global Rhythms Local Beat”, served as the Musical Director for the Show “From the Porch” featuring Danny Glover, directed the band and choreographed Master "P" and Little Romeo’s music video, “Two Way”(which was featured on the show TV Show Access Granted- the making of the video).
A couple of years ago, Melton Mustafa wrote and received a grant to start a community band at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. The grant was written to allow a venue for anyone in the community who plays jazz or classical music and wants to play and perform.
Melton has been featured on the following: “Butterfly” CD (poetry and sax), “St. Louis Blues” CD (Big Band), “Sea B Marrah”CD (Reggae), Betty Pageant CD (Blues sax), Ike and Val Woods CD (sax), Guest Artist for the show “By Kids for Kids (channel 10), acted in Tom Dowd (Film), Acted in “The Buddy Holly Story” Actor’s Play House”(off Broadway), danced at the Apollo Theater (Striker dance troupe).
As a producer, Melton Mustafa just released “Scenes from Miami” Vol. 1 “The Softer Side” CD (featuring International trumpeter and recording artist Melton Mustafa Sr.) and just came back from New York recording his latest CD “The Traveling Man”. Melton Mustafa is currently working on adapting his original music “Shalom Salaam Serene” into an audio book to be used in the public school system and a "play along" CD/Book to be used as an educational resource.