Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sankofa Jazz Fest - 4th Annual Event to be held April 7, 2018 in Miami FL to Feature Jamison Ross & Jesse Jones Jr.

vocalist and drummer
Jamison Ross headlines at the 
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
*Sankofa Jazz Fest
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION Saturday, April 7, 2018 ~ 2-7pm
6161 Northwest 22nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33142

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), presents 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 Rossthe 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; Bianca Brewton, dancer (Janet Jackson and BeyoncĂ©); Shareef Clayton, a 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

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 creates opportunities everyday for youth to discover their artistic talents.

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center serves as the nucleus of arts learning, training and access for Miami-Dade County’s African-American community. The Center promotes and fosters the rich, diverse cultural perspective of people of African heritage through high-quality instruction for children and youth in dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, media and visual arts; the nurturing of in-house performing arts companies; a residency program for emerging artists; as well as exciting performances and visual arts exhibitions for the public.

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center complex includes a black box theater, a music conservatory that features a concert hall, piano lab and several practice rooms, a dance studio that is accessible to individuals with disabilities, an art gallery, several studio spaces, a scene shop and classrooms. 

The Center is located at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142 (MAP). Visit the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center online at www.ahcacmiami.org and follow us on social media @ahcacmiami and #AHCAC.

*Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and  the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation.The symbol is based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards. Thus, the Akan believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan, it is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future. The Akans believe that there must be movement and new learning as time passes. As this forward march proceeds, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten.
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