Sankofa Jazz Fest 2017
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
In one of the first concert performances since the release of his new LP, Payton to perform selections from Afro-Caribbean Mixtape — a powerful personal statement and journey in Black American Music
MIAMI (April 4, 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 8th, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue in Miami. Tickets are free, RSVPs are encouraged: http://ahcacmiami.eventbrite.com
Festival goers should bring lawn chairs, lots of friends (but no food, beverages or coolers allowed) and expect to enjoy a spectacular lineup which includes New Vision Sax Ensemble, Leesa Richards, Ladies of Simply Simone, Joseph Miller and the Melton Mustafa Next Generation Jazz Contest Participants.
The Sankofa Jazz Fest audience will be one of the first to hear music in concert from Payton’s newly released CD 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 an event where Payton will discuss his journey in music at the “Talk with Nick,” an open discussion and Q&A session with high school and adult musicians. Payton has a colorful past; 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. Tickets are free, RSVPs are encouraged: http://ahcacmiami.eventbrite.com
New this year and in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, a culinary component has been added to the Sankofa Jazz Fest to give festival goers an opportunity to experience flavors from diverse cuisine. 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.
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. Follow us on social media @ahcacmiami and #AHCAC.
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