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Grammy-nominated vocalist and drummer Jamison Ross headlines the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s “Sankofa Jazz Fest”


Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2-7 p.m. Free General Admission


MIAMI (March 21, 2018) The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), presents its fourth annual Sankofa Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event celebrates jazz and welcomes the AHCAC’s alumni and the greater community to reconnect on the historic grounds of Liberty City’s AHCAC, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Moonlight Way. The event is open to the public with free general admission. VIP tickets are also available for purchase for $30 each and include reserved parking, seating and lunch. General admission reservations and VIP ticket purchases are available at SankofaJazzFest.eventbrite.com.


The complete “Sankofa Jazz Fest” lineup includes:


  • Jamison Ross – the concert headliner is a bright young Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, a gifted drummer and composer, and the winner of the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Drums Competition;
  • Jesse Jones Jr. Quintet – Jones, a Miami native and saxophonist “combines the hard-bop influence of Cannonball Adderley, the funk of Hank Crawford, and the sweetness of Paul Desmond”;
  • Melton Mustafa on Sax - the son of international jazz artist Melton S. Mustafa and the nephew of Jesse Jones, Jr., he has already achieved major successes in performance, education, directing and recording;
  • Allen Paul Trio - Paul started playing piano at the age of three and has evolved into an accomplished song writer and performing talent in jazz, R&B, gospel, and classical piano;
  • LaVie – a talented vocalist with an eclectic contemporary sound


“Sankofa Jazz Fest is a celebration with engaging performances that showcase incredibly talented and authentic jazz musicians,” explained Marshall Davis, AHCAC Managing Director, “and it also serves as a special time, when we reunite and reconnect with all the multitalented alumni that have received their arts instruction and training at the AHCAC. Giving young people a solid start and foundation in the arts is central to our Center’s mission.”


The event will be a celebration and family-friendly affair. Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors. No outside food, beverages or coolers allowed.


A premier arts training institution in Liberty City, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is nationally-recognized for developing hundreds of outstanding artists in all arts disciplines over the last thirty-three years. Known as the artistic home of alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-creator of the award-winning movie “Moonlight, the Center's other distinguished alumni include Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Keenan D. Washington and Fergie L. Philippe, US Tour cast members of Hamilton the musical; Bianca Brewton, professional dancer (Beyoncé and Bruno Mars); Shareef Clayton, Grammy-nominated jazz trumpeter (Arturo Sandoval and Stevie Wonder); and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony-nominated play, Shuffle Along.


For more information about the Sankofa Jazz Fest, vendor opportunities or tickets, call 305-638-6771 during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or visit
www.ahcacmiami.org. Follow us on social media @ahcacmiami, #AHCAC, #AHCACMiami and #SankofaJazzFest

It is a policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act. The facility is accessible. To request materials in an accessible format and or/accommodation to attend an event at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, please contact Gloria Wilkins at 305-638-6771 or ahcac@miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).



The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, 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 a means for youth to discover their artistic talents.


The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategic 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.


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