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African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Presents the 3rd Annual Sankofa Jazz Fest Featuring Grammy-winning Trumpet Player and Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton with Amina Scott and Joe Dyson

Saturday, April 8th from 2-7 pm; Tickets are Free

MIAMI (April 07, 2017)

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s 3rd Annual Sankofa Jazz Fest features Grammy-winning trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton with trio members, Amina Scott and Joe Dyson in an outdoor concert on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue in Miami. Tickets are free and reservations are recommended at

The Sankofa Jazz Fest features an impressive lineup.  In addition to Payton and his trio, other performers include New Vision Sax Ensemble, Leesa Richards, Ladies of Simply Simone, Joseph Miller and the Melton Mustafa Next Generation Jazz Contest Participants.

The audience will be among the first to hear music in concert from Payton’s newly released Afro-Caribbean Mixtape. Paytone Records describes it  as a focused sound unique to Payton that captures “Bebop, Swing, the Great American Songbook, New Orleans second-line, Mardi Gras Indian, Instrumental Soul, Rhythm-and-Blues, Urban, Hip-Hop, and various Afro-descended dialects of Central America and the Caribbean.”

On Friday, April 7th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., the Center will host “Talk with Nick,” an open discussion featuring Payton and Q&A session with high school and adult musicians. Payton has a colorful journey in music; he started his professional career at age ten as a member of James Andrews' All-Star Brass and was given his first steady gig by guitarist Danny Barker at The Famous Door on Bourbon Street. This event is also free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended at

New to the Sankofa Jazz Fest this year is the addition of the “Festival of Flavors,” a culinary celebration which offers festival goers the opportunity to experience flavors from diverse cuisines. Hosted by Freez Frame Marketing & Media, “Festival of Flavors” features Jamaican, Haitian, Soul Food and Vegan cuisine to be sampled from four local chefs respectively: Chef Low, Chef Stephan of Taste of Haiti, Richard Hutchinson of Jackson Soul Food and Hakin Alexander of The Vegetarian Restaurant.

Festival goers can bring lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Coolers, food and/or beverages are not permitted.
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, has a long-standing reputation of providing high caliber art instruction. Students, ages 5 - 16 years old, receive professional instruction in music, dance, drama, and visual arts within a creative and secure environment after school, Saturdays, spring, winter and summer breaks. Distinguished alumni of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center include Tarell Alvin McCraney, Executive Producer of Moonlight – the 2017 Academy Award-winning Best Picture; Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bianca Brewton, a professional dancer with the production companies of Janet Jackson and Beyoncé; Shareef Clayton, a Jazz trumpeter, who studied with Arturo Sandoval and performed with Stevie Wonder; and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony nominated play, Shuffle Along.
For more information about the Center and its programs, call 305-638-6771 during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or visit
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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is managed and operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center was founded in 1975 to serve as the nesting ground for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts in the heart of Liberty City. By providing quality instruction, inspiration and encouragement to young people within the community, the Center has fulfilled its mission for more than 40 years, and everyday creates opportunities for youth to discover their artistic talents. The Center is located at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. Visit the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center online at and follow us on social media @ahcacmiami and #AHCAC.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.