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Jesse Jones Jr.'s sibling revelry

Jesse Jones Jr.'s sibling revelry

Saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. modeled his first band in high school, the Melt-Jess Jazz Quintet, after the muscular jazz of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet: Jones, of course, channeled Cannonball, the revered alto saxophonist and onetime Dillard High School teacher, and Jones’ younger brother, trumpeter Melton Mustafa, fancied himself Cannonball’s sibling, Nat.

The lifetime Miami-Dade resident hasn’t changed that arrangement much in the intervening half-century, still gigging in a band led by Mustafa, a recent survivor of Stage 4 prostate cancer, and taking the mixture of Southern sounds he collectively dubs “scat hop” — jazz, funk and soulful scatting rhythms on the mighty flute...

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