MIAMI — Musical giants, celebrities, supporters and friends gathered March 12 to raise funds for one of the most celebrated jazz artists in the world – South Florida’s own Melton Mustafa, the world renowned trumpeter, composer, arranger, musical clinician and educator.
At a jazz soiree at Crescendo’s Jazz and Blues Lounge in Miami, lovers of the American classical music art form pledged financial support for medical treatment needed by the legendary musician, currently director of Jazz Studies at Florida Memorial University.
“Anyone in the jazz arena knows and respects Melton Mustafa,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who along with Alonzo and Tracy mourning was part of the host committee. “He has given so much to the music industry and has devoted much of his time to educate young people about jazz.”
Mustafa’s credits include playing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra and the likes of Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. He has performed at countless jazz festivals throughout the world.
George Tandy, one of the jazz greats who participated in the fundraiser, praised Mustafa for his educational and artistic contribution to the industry. Tandy drew thunderous applause when he tickled the ivory after delivering a heartfelt plea of support.
“I have never met a man who, when you speak of him, he dignifies you with life and humanity,” said Tandy. “Melton saw to it that after 30 years, I went to Florida Memorial University and got my degree in Jazz Education. We are all students of Melton. I just want to say thank you.”
Anyone interested in donating to this cause can make a contribution to the Melton Mustafa Medical Trust, c/o Attorney N. Sabir, 18350 N.W. Second Ave., Fifth Floor, Miami Gardens, Florida 33169. For additional information contact musician Jesse Jones Jr. at 305-624-5940.
Photo: Melton Mustafa