May 7, 2008 (Lexington, Kentucky) – The African American Forumproudly presents Smooth Jazz at The Lexington Opera House featuring Najee.The event takes placeSaturday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m., and is the first of a two-part Smooth Jazz Concert Series for 2008.
Saxophonist Najee, known for his combination of improvisation and classic R&B is one of contemporary jazz’s true pioneers. Creating a fresh and pulsating "rhythm and jazz" dynamic in the early days of the smooth jazz format, the versatile saxophonist—whose first two recordings, 1986’s Grammy nominated Najee’s Theme and 1988’s Day By Day, went platinum—inspired the whole urban vibe that took over the instrumental world throughout the ‘90s.
Recording on Heads Up International since 2005, he continues to explore new creative avenues by mixing up his trademark soulful soprano with dynamic touches of flute and alto, and surrounding himself with some of the best session players and collaborators in the business. On May 24, Najee will feature songs from his latest release, Rising Sun. Visit www.AAFinc.com for more information about the artist.
Ticket prices begin at $42.50 and can be purchased by contacting the African American Forum at 859.255.2653 or by visiting www.AAFinc.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will run from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. All seats are reserved. The second Smooth Jazz Concert Series event will take place August 2 at Equus Run Vineyards. Net proceeds from both events will benefit the African American Forum Capital Campaign Fund.
The Lexington Opera House, located at 401 West Short Street, is centered in the heart of downtown Lexington. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lexington Opera House is known as one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region Visit www.lexingtonoperahouse.com for more information or directions.
Corporate Sponsors for this event are: Porsche of Lexington and AT&T Real Yellow Pages. Media Sponsors are: Insight; LEX 18; and “Smooth Jazz” 102.1-FM, WKYL.
The African American Forum, Inc. is a non-profit arts and cultural organization based in Lexington, Kentucky. The organization is committed to presenting programs that celebrate the African American experience. For more information about the African American Forum, please visit www.AAFinc.com.