Review by: Lexi Lewis
9th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival.
Rachelle Ferrell, Stanley Clarke, Boney James, Anthony Hamilton, LL Cool J, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Doug E. Fresh, Dazz Band, The SOS Band, Mint Condition, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Mustafa on Sax, Unir Band and Jay Jones.
Doug E. Fresh
The 9th Annual Jazz in The Gardens took place March 15th and 16th with an opening night party at the Calder Race Course on March 14th. The opening night party featured Doug E. Fresh, Dazz Band and the SOS Band. All of the performers did a fantastic job. As the SOS Band performed, I was reminded of all the hits they had! What a throw-back in time. One of the female singers mentioned that she will be 70 years old soon. I didn’t believe it! She looked nowhere near 70 years old nor did she perform like she is nearly 70 years old. I told someone I’d have to have her show me some ID. The Dazz Band performed their hits including “Joystick” and “Let It Whip” – a woo hoo! There were lots of attendees at the party so I would venture to say it was a success. This was the first time in nine years that they put on an opening night party. I certainly hope this is the new standard! And, it would be really nice if they kept booking old school bands for this particular event going forward….that’s my two cents. Saturday, March 15th kicked of the official Jazz in The Gardens festival with acts such as Unir Band, Jay Jones, Boney James, Mint Condition, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz and Jamie Foxx. The weather was great with plenty of sunshine. Speaking of sunshine, did you know the festival has never been rained out in its nine year history? Now that’s luck! The performances were top-notch, however, I was expecting Jamie Foxx to come out in a suit and tie, sit at the piano, play and sing, then turn it up by ripping of the suit jacket and getting a little more funky singing the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol song. Truth is, I'm not the only one who was anticipating something like that from him however, his performance was great! The entertainment continued on Sunday, March 16th with Mustafa on Sax, Rachelle Ferrell, Stanley Clarke, Anthony Hamilton, LL Cool J and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Rachelle Ferrell's performance was moving to say the least. She put her mind, body and soul into her show. You see, in a previous interview with me, she said she had to "make up for being sick last year" as she was scheduled to perform at Jazz in the Gardens in 2013. Well, she made up for it and then some with her outstanding performance. If you don't know this 6-octave songstress, look her up! LL Cool J is still looking good! His high-energy performance had people on their feet and waving their hands in the air. He did something very unusual; he invited the media on stage with him to surround him and take photographs! Of course I went out there to capture some of the great shots of him you will see in the photo gallery related to this festival. There were some incredibly close shots of his face. That was a neat experience.
Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly closed the night out on Sunday. The host, comedian D.L. Hughley, said he'd never seen a band keep performing and selling out crowds when they hadn't made a record in 74 years! Of course you know 74 years is exaggerated but truth is, it's been about 24 years! That must be a special feeling to have that kind of impact and following with no records in over two decades. Generally speaking, there were an estimated 25-30,000 people in attendance each day. That's huge! This festival has grown tremendously from the days when they saw about 1,800 people attend in the beginning. They've partnered with AEG to help grow the brand and implement other strategic initiatives to propel Jazz in the Gardens to the next level. The festival had a media tent set up where artists appeared for a mini interview and to entertain media questions. This was a nice set up and they even provided complimentary dinner and non-alcoholic beverages for media personnel each day. There were a couple of drawbacks. On average, festivals/concerts allow photographers to photograph during the first three songs, however, this year they only allowed pictures on the first song then they rounded us up like cattle and encourages us to leave the photographer's pit. For a festival of this magnitude and the fact that they had artists in the media tent when other artists began to perform, it was hard to even get photographs of some of the artists because I couldn't be two places at the same time. However, had it still been a three song limit, I would have been able to cover more artists. The one song limit was extremely disappointing and I hope they consider going back to a three song limit since the media attendees seems far less than last year. Besides the media one song photograph limit, the VIP area seems to be in a very strange place in the park. I've heard people complaining that they can't easily maneuver around to get to the general area and to get to food vendors. I even got stuck in an area out side of media but I headed toward where I thought I could go through and couldn't. It would have been nice to have an opening with security personnel there to protect the area then it would have been more convenient for me and the other patrons. There were many food and non-food vendors there; something to please everyone's taste. For those who don't know me, I love to wear jewelry with lots of bling. Well, guess what? There were even jewelry vendors there, and yes, I did buy something with bling! While out "shopping" with the vendors, I noticed that MSNBC had a booth and some of their personalities were on site for autograph signings and pictures. This festival has really grown! In closing, the festival, overall, was outstanding. Mayor Oliver Gilbert and all supporting festival staff should be very proud of the city hosting such an exciting event each year that gets better and better. Next year marks the 10th annual Jazz in the Gardens in 2015. I'm expecting them to do something really big for this one. I cannot wait to see the line-up for next year! Okay Jazz in the Gardens you've impressed me, now surprise me. See you then.
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Rich Terrell Miami Uber-Music Examiner
March 19, 2014
The term "phenomenal" will become synonymous with "unbelievable," whenever a reluctant crowd member from last weekend's mega-event mentions the ninth-annual Jazz in the Gardens!
A two-day experience of electrifying and non-stop entertainment; the packed show erupted in ticket-sales weeks before – a whopping total of 70,000 plus tickets sold; a new record for the privileged organizers, further signifying the famed event as a cultural mainstay.
An All-Star line-up which included Jamie Foxx, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Hamilton, Rachelle Ferrell, Melton Mustafa, Stanley Clarke, LL Cool J, Trey Songz, Boney James, Mint Condition and the incomparable Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The mixture of genres triumphantly created more memories than many of the fan-attendees can count on one hand…
Special surprise guests came out in droves from Nelly to Joy Reid of MSNBC, Kevin Hart, Sommore, Tank, Doug E. Fresh, Gabrielle Union & Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade to name just a few. The #JITG9 host, D.L. Hughley interjected with side-hurting laughter in roast-styled comedic sets.
In retrospect, Saturday’s kick-off demanded more from the performers than years' past. Challenging each artist to top the previous set; dancing saxophonist, Boney James – who knew? Then, shirtless Trey Songz to follow after sultry Kelly Rowland -- who poured out hits like “Dilemma”, “Bootylicious” and “Motivation”.
One ambitious fan yelled – “Pick me! No pick me….why her” to get face-time on stage? Some ladies literally hurdled to give Miley Cyrus a run for her money during Jamie Foxx’s enticing #TwerkOff contest! Prized actor, Foxx shelled out a measly $5,000 for the winner…maybe in homage to his spirited “Blame It” classic – fitting for an evening of consumptional activities.
Fans from Sunday even attempted to photo-bomb LL Cool J given the current self-ie obsession and fighting over long stemmed roses – a signature player move by James Todd Smith; thematically appropriate for a jazz music-festival held in Miami Gardens.
THE TRAVELING MAN
MELTON MUSTAFA AND PATRICK BARTLEY
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Producing “The Traveling Man” has been one of the most significant, rewarding, eye opening, humbling and life changing events in my life. This CD is a musical story about a man traveling through the world and his life experiences. Ironically enough, while following this musical journey of life you can hear joy, pain, celebration and struggle. This project is significant to me because it documents my dad (Melton S. Mustafa’s) original small band music and introduces a young and super talented saxophonist by the name of Patrick Bartley. At the time of this recording Patrick was in the 11th grade and had expressed an interest in my dads music. My dad (Melton S. Mustafa) looked at this recording as an opportunity to pass the torch to the next generation of jazz musicians.
Recording this CD was life changing because during the recording we discovered that dad was in stage 4 of prostate cancer. Before this we knew something was wrong but it had not been diagnosed. It was very humbling seeing a man play through that type of pain. This sickness made playing the trumpet almost impossible and extremely difficult to watch. As you listen to the recording you can hear both his love for music and the pain of a debilitating disease we call cancer. I am humbled by the fact that I was able to produce such a significant CD, which documents original jazz music by Melton S. Mustafa, introduces saxophonist Patrick Bartley and features Pianist Mulgrew Miller, Drummer Victor Lewis, Bassist Essiet Essiet, Trombonist Jason Jackson and Percussionist Ray Mantilla. Thank you mom Zakiyyah Mustafa and dad Melton S. Mustafa for being so supportive. As with all of the projects I have produced I hope you enjoy! Executive Producer Melton Rahsaan Mustafa www.mustafaonsax.com www.mustafaonsax.com www.Facebook.com/mustafaonsax Check out our latest CD www.iTunes.com/meltonmustafa
History comes full circle at Fontainebleau party for Overtown Music Project, A party at a trendy Miami Beach club aims to re-ignite a fabled chapter of Miami’s black music history
Fifty years ago, they were two intimately connected but unjustly separated sides of Miami: the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, and the black neighborhood of Overtown. In the days of segregation, the celebrated black entertainers who performed at the Fontainebleau — artists such as Lena Horne, Count Basie and Nat King Cole — could not sleep, eat or drink at the Fontainebleau or any other Miami Beach hotel. When they finished work, they had to head back across the bay
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The Third Annual Community Concert in the Liberty City/Brownsville area will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2500 NW 50th St. Presented by the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc., the free concert will be conducted by Dr. Nelson Hall and is entitled Bridging Classics of the Past with Classics of the Future. A highlight will be jazz great Melton Mustafa and the 2012 Community Mass Choir and Orchestra performing Handel’s Messiah Miami’s own...
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Meet the 40 Under 40 honorees. Legacy Magazine's 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow 2012, featured in The Business Monday section of the July 23rd edition of The Miami Herald. Honored to be numbered among such an esteemed group of individuals...
Back in the days of segregation, black artists who played luxe Miami Beach hotels had to cross the bay to spend the night in Overtown. From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., will be the site of a celebration of the community’s storied past when the Overtown Music Project hosts its annual fundraiser at the Liv nightclub. Entertainment includes the 18-piece Melton Mustafa Orchestra and DJ Maseo of De La Soul. The project’s newest program will bring a free,...
Legacy Magazine Presents the Seventh Annual 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
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July 20th, 2012
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Legacy Magazine Presents the Seventh Annual 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Miami, FL –Legacy, South Florida’s premiere publication for Black Affluencers and Influencers, is pleased to present an elite group of individuals for its seventh annual 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow designation. These honorees were nominated by their peers, then vetted and chosen by a distinguished and highly accomplished Selection Committee, comprised of 40 Under 40 alumni. Legacy will showcase the honorees in its Monday, July 23 issue in the Business Monday section of the Miami Herald.
Legacy magazine congratulates the following honorees selected as South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow of 2012:
• Victoria Beatty, Esq.: Commercial Litigation Associate, Broad and Cassel
• Rochelle Boreland: Legislative Analyst, Miami-Dade County
• Richard Champagne, Esq.: Managing and founding partner, Champagne Law Group, P.A.
• Ralph Colimon: Financial professional, Space Coast Credit Union
• Christopher Benjamin, Esq.: Managing Shareholder, The Barrister Firm, P.A.
• Matthew Bradford: Infrastructure Technology Manager, Sheridan Healthcare
• Nikole Cleare: President, Integral Financial and Insurance Solutions Incorporated
• Randy Corinthian: Jazz saxophonist, music producer and educator
• Kimberley Curry-Smith, Esq.: Owner, Kymberlee Curry Smith, P.A.
• Betty Davis: Meteorologist, WPLG-TV
• Christopher Edwards: Co-founder and CEO, Reaching U Network
• Nicole Ellis, Esq.: Attorney, Kubicki Draper, P.A.
• Asanyah Davidson: Fashion designer and professor
• Stephanie Ducheine-Welsh, Esq.: Managing Partner, Sweeting Ducheine, LCC
• Tonya Edwards: Voter Education Coordinator, Broward County Supervisor of Election Office
• Adrian Freeman: Professional Speaker, Executive Director of the South Florida Youth Summit, Manager at University of Miami Hospital
• Nancy Gauvin: Program Instructor and Clinical Supervisor, Nova Southeastern University
• Robyn Hankerson: Account Supervisor, Bitner Goodman
• Shavon Jones, Esq.: Partner, Jones McGhee, PLLC
• Kerline Jules: Business Intelligence Analyst, Southern Wine & Spirits and President, Broward County Young Professionals Network (YPN)
• Shana Green: Founder, ILY Beauty Co.
• Felecia Hatcher-Pearson: Founder, Feverish Ice Cream
• Shevrin Jones: Co-founder, L.E.A.D. Nation
• Danielle Koping: Owner, Liberty City Dry Cleaners & Laundry
• Noelle McMahon: Senior Assistant Director, International Admission at the University of Miami
• Melton R. Mustafa: Jazz musician and educator
• Jimmy Nickerson: CEO, JNICK Management Group
• Crystal Pitmman: Business professional and Professor at Miami Dade College
• Felisha Monet: Radio personality, WEDR 99 Jamz
• Al Nelson: Founder, EzVip
• Yolanda Paschal, Esq.: Litigation Associate, Carlton Fields, P.A.
• Asa Sealy: SE Business Development Manager, Carib Beer
• Aisha Thalia: Activist, educator and actress
• Derrick Turton: CEO and President, planetpit.com
• Venessa Walker: CEO and President, Owen Walker Jr. Foundation, Incorporated
• Nicole White-Quinn: President and CEO, Nicole White Designs
• Davicka Thompson: President/CEO, Thompson Creative Collective
• Leslie Walker: Educational audiologist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and President, Hear The Runway Foundation, Inc.
• Leighton Walsh: DJ and entertainer
• Latoya Williams: Community Relations Director, Orange Bowl Committee
La Miami Tower Jazz Series de la Miami Jazz Society presentará hoy, miércoles, en función gratuita a las 7 p.m., al virtuoso saxofonista Melton Mustafa Jr., en lo que será por algún tiempo más la sede de los conciertos de la institución: el histórico Avenue D en South Miami Ave. "Tocar en el concierto de la Miami Jazz Society había sido un sueño de mucho tiempo, que se cumplió cuando la maravillosa vocalista Yvonne Brown me pidió que la acompañara junto a Charlie Brown [bajo], Dolph...
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Congratulations! You have been selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida's 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today & Tomorrow of 2012.
Please forward a high resolution picture of yourself and your bio, a maximum of 125 words to Kallan Louis at email@example.com by June 8, 2012. Your information will be included in the June/July 2012 issue of Legacy magazine. The issue will be inserted on Monday June 25th 2012 of The Business Monday section of the Miami Herald, 156,000 copies will be distributed throughout South Florida.
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Dear Melton Mustafa,
Congratulations! It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been chosen as a quarter-finalist for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award. Although we are very excited to send you this information, it has not been made known to the public yet. Please do NOT announce this information publicly until we have sent out an official press release announcing all of the quarter-finalists. We are sending you the application so that you can begin working on it as soon as possible. The press release will be sent to you are permitted to announce this great news!
***MEDIA ALERT FOR MAY 29, 2014***
222 QUARTERFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE
Recipient and Finalists to Receive Cash Honorariums, with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts,
Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys
Second Annual Award will be Presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony
during GRAMMY® Week 2015
WHO: A total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.
WHAT: The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K – college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony (honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award) during GRAMMY Week 2015.
As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and nine-time GRAMMY® winner Justin Timberlake, the award was open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers were also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application.
One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists each year, and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also will receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. Nominations for the 2016 Music Educator Award are now open at www.grammymusicteacher.com.
WHEN: A complete list of quarterfinalists is below. The semifinalists will be announced in September. For more information, please visit www.grammymusicteacher.com.
Francis Howell Middle School
Penfield High School
Diamond Bar High School
Kenmore East High School
South Miami Middle Community School
J. Anthony Allen
McNally Smith College of Music
Kaiser High School
West Genesee High School
Oswalt K8 Academy
Murrieta Valley High School
New Hope-Solebury High School
Nancy Maria Balach
University of Mississippi
The New School
Graham "Scott" Barton
Moreau Catholic High School
Richland Center High School
Cane Bay High School
North Smithfield High School
Edmonds-Woodway High School
Pearre Creek Elementary School
Woodbridge High School
Colonial Road School
Franklin High School
Progress South Elementary School
DeWitt Middle School
Seymour High School
Howell High School
Otis Carter III
Moss Point High School
Windham High School
Glenbard East High School
Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts
Deming High School
California State University San Marcos
Stewarts Creek High School
Waubonsie Valley High School
East Detroit High School
Dr. Buddy Clements
Walnut High School
North Central High School
Biloxi High School
Itawamba Community College
Cranston High School East
Moc-Floyd Valley Senior High School
Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts
Greenacres Middle School
Upper Moreland High School
Fruita Monument High School
Ed W. Clark High School
First Avenue Middle School
Roosevelt High School
Reavis High School
Harmony Middle School
Mark De Hertogh
R.L. Paschal High School
Monte Vista Christian School
Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy
Waubonsie Valley High School
Marriotts Ridge High School
Falmouth High School
Bay High School
Springdale Elementary School
Vina Danks Middle School
Caddo Middle Magnet
Western Illinois University
Millis Middle/High School
Mission Vista High School
Franklin L. Williams Middle School #7
Washington Middle School
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts
Fairview Elementary School
Lamphere High School
Hoboken Charter School
Alexandria Middle School
South Miami K-8 Center
Nicholas Oresko School
Lehman High School
Lawrence Central High School
Fordham High School for the Arts
O'Fallon Township High School
Bangor Area High School
Derby High School
Frank W. Cox High School
Old Kings Elementary School
Johansen High School
Havre de Grace High School
Havre de Grace
Meeker Middle School
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Lenora Helm Hammonds
North Carolina Central University
Chase High School
Michael Anthony Hernandez
Plano Senior High School
Aaron Hill Sr.
Smithfield High School
Wissahickon High School
Homestead Elementary School
Frostburg State University
Indio High School
Bledsoe County High School
Bridle Path Elementary School
Jefferson Middle School
Northeast High School
Agnes Scott College
West Virginia Wesleyan College
North Monterey County High School
JJ Pearce High School
Camelback High School
Sandy Run Middle School
Sedgefield Middle School
San Diego State University
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Greenfield Middle School
Barry E. Kopetz
Barrington High School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo
Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School
Patch High School
Georgia Southwestern State University
Pioneer High School
Memphis Central High School
Wilmington High School
Pearl Hall Elementary
Verona High School
University of Louisville
American Boychoir School
West Port High School
Glenbrook South High School
Sam Houston Elementary School
Arcadia High School
Garden City High School
Sandra Day O'Connor High School
The Manning School
Carlos Mendez Jr.
Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Douglas County High School
P.S. 182Q Samantha Smith
Briar Woods High School
Cameron Park Elementary
Joliet Junior College
CSI High School for International Studies
John Metcalf Junior High School
Parkway Middle School of the Arts
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School
Academy of Arts and Academics
Rockford Christian Schools
Pine Shadows Elementary
Centennial Lane Elementary School
Northern Highlands Regional High School
Bryan Station Middle School
Fenton High School
Beaumont Middle School
Park Ridge Middle/High School
Mesa Verde Middle School
Brownsburg High School
Blue Valley Southwest
Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8
Oklahoma City University
Immaculate High School
Springhouse Middle School
Howland Middle School
Inglemoor High School
Glades Middle School
Montana State University Billings
Fitzgerald High School
Charleston School of the Arts
Chaminade College Preparatory Middle School
Curtis Senior High School
Fleming Island High School
East Islip High School
P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake
Whiteland Community High School
Westmont High School
Perrysburg High School
Metea Valley High School
Fremont Middle School
Beltline Elementary School
Homestead High School
Miller Grove High School
Freeport Area Senior High School
John H. West School
Elwood Community High School
Bellefonte Area High School
Maplewood Middle School
Nyack High School
Hillcrest High School
Pueblo West High School
Northfield Mount Hermon
Andrea Crisara Snouffer
West Ridge Middle School
McLean Middle School
Chaska Middle School West
Lake Orion High School
Chicago State University
Volunteer State Community College
Fall Creek High School
University of Miami
Jesse C. Carson High School
Brighton High School
S. H. Rider High School
Arnold Memorial Elementary School
Howell L. Watkins Middle School
Palm Beach Gardens
River Trail Middle School
Savannah Arts Academy
Tarpon Springs Middle School
Scotch Plains Fanwood High School
Liberty Middle School
Fox Lane Middle School
Clarksburg High School
Saint Clair High School
Ashley "AJ" Walker
Linden Hall School
Dana Elementary School
Brunswick High School
East Middle School
Indian Trail High School and Academy
Firelands High School
Sauk Elementary School
Cathedral Catholic High School
Northgate Middle and Senior High School
Pershing Middle School
Jefferson Township High School
Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School
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