Trumpeter, Composer/Arranger, Educator, Clinician, International Recording Artist
Melton has recorded and toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, Bobby Watson, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus Epitaph Big band among many others. Mustafa has released three CD's entitled MELTON MUSTAFA ORCHESTRA Boiling Point, MELTON MUSTAFA ORCHESTRA St. Louis Blues, and Mustafa’s Jazz Quartet’s new CD is entitled (The Softer Side, scenes from Miami vol.1)
The Melton Mustafa Orchestra is a powerhouse orchestra in the Basie tradition, rooted in swing and blues, though also featuring bebop, modal and Afro-Cuban flavors. The Melton Mustafa Quartet and sometimes quintet, focuses mostly on original compositions and incorporates many jazz styles ranging from blues to free-jazz.
Most of the trumpeter's early musical experiences came from working in local R&B bands and then later with regional and nationally known R&B artists. By the mid-eighties, Melton's growing reputation had spread throughout the jazz world and he found himself working with the likes of The Duke Ellington Orchestra (under Mercer Ellington's direction), Bobby Watson, James Williams, John Hicks and Gunther Schuller.
Mustafa has performed with many big names including Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Joe Williams just to name a few. He also has several television performances to his credit. Mustafa has performed at most of the major jazz festivals including the North Sea Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival.