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If you've been wondering and waiting when news about the Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest would be announced, the wait is OVER! It's time to make your plans for a Smooth Jazz experience like no other. Only a limited number of tickets are still available... so get yours today! You can make your reservations with our exclusive Accommodations Partner... the Embassy Suites Hotel as well.

Just click here to purchase your tickets and you're on your way to the commonwealth of Kentucky's destination for Smooth Jazz.

This year's Jazz Fest kicked off last night at the Lexington Central Public Library Downtown and featured Lexington's own... The Positive Movement Jazz Band.  The audience left the experience with a "Positive Vibe" from a stellar performance that was truly amazing! 

Tonight's second day of festivities shifts to the beauty and charm of the Embassy Suites Hotel Lexington for An Evening of Smooth Jazz featuring Cincinnati, OH based Razzberry White.  A limited number of tickets are still available.  We hope to see your face in the place!

It's not to late to make it a Smooth Jazz weekend... just click on the Accommodations tab above and take advantage of a special discount rate being offered courtesy of the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Stay tuned for more information and updates on this page as well as through the communications channels of our promotional partners: LEX18, KISS 96.9, WBTF-FM, 107.9 "The Beat" and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Forum News

November 27
21st annual event is "Back In Stride Again!"
November 27, 2013 (Lexington, Kentucky) The African American Forum, Inc. (AAF) is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual African American Ball (AAB) will be presented on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, which has been designated the Official Host Hotel for this regional event held annually that celebrates art, culture and entertainment from the African American Experience. more

July 24
The African American Forum is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest
The African American Forum, Inc. (AAF) is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest featuring Alex Bugnon and Special Guests Cindy Bradley and Nelson Rangell. The event will take place on Saturday, August 10; Gates open at 5:30 pm; and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. The African American Forum is pleased that Transylvania University will once again play host to this regional event held annually that celebrates contemporary American Jazz, complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture. more

July 15
Official Host Hotel and Accommodations Partner
The Hilton Lexington/Downtown is pleased to be the Official Host Hotel and exclusive Accommodations Partner of the 2013 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest. more