Jazz lovers turned out this past Friday for Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Music in the Park series. The free jazz concert, which was scheduled to be held at Ives Estates Park, was moved to Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School’s gymnasium because of inclement weather.
Left: Melton Mustafa gets the crowd moving with the sounds of his trumpet. Middle: Jesse Jones Jr., who performs with Melton Mustafa’s Orchestra, dazzled the crowd with his saxophone skills. Right: Members of The Elements made their mark with original jazz tunes
“We thought the rain would literally dampen our event,” said Commissioner Jordan. “But true jazz aficionados turned out en masse to witness the legendary Melton Mustafa’s performance. We were also treated to the sounds of The Elements, which is a younger jazz band that wooed the crowd.”
The Music in the Park series was co-hosted by the Sunshine Jazz Organization, which is a group that has sponsored jazz events in South Florida for more than 25 years. They have advocated on behalf of the genre through their website and through community events.
“This was a great partnership,” said Commissioner Jordan. “It takes associations such as the Sunshine Jazz Organization to help bring these types of events to the community.”
In addition to the Sunshine Jazz Organization, the Music in the Park series was also sponsored by the Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, LiUNA, Burger King, Ted Lucas Foundation, Calder Casino and Race Course, Mercedes Benz of Miami, MAT Concessionaire LLC, Miami Marlins, Overnight Success, Inc., and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council.