The African American Forum is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest

Posted July 24th, 13

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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.


We invite you to bring your lawn chairs, fold-up tables and tents to the beautifully manicured lawn and stately atmosphere of Transylvania University as we set the mood for an enchanting, exciting and exquisite Smooth Jazz experience like no other!  It will be “Another Love Season” that promises to bold, lively an “Unscripted” beneath the City Lights!


Alex Bugnon, nephew of trumpeter Donald Byrd, grew up to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland.  He honed his skills while attending the Paris Conservatory of Music and the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. He spent four (4) years working as a session musician in New York paying his dues before he released his debut album, Love Season in 1989 and the rest, as they say, is history.  “Nobody can make a piano sing like Alex Bugnon!  You can tell through his playing of the piano that he has a deep passion and love for music.  As a member of the audience you can feel his passion and love for music it takes over.” Ticketmaster Review


For more information about pianist Alex Bugnon can be found at


Tickets are scaled at $30 for Lawn Chair Seating, $120 for Lawn Tent Packages for four (4) and $75 for VIP seating, which includes a Pre-Show Catered dinner courtesy of South-Van Events.  All tickets can be purchased by contacting the AAF at 859.255.2653 or online at  Net proceeds will benefit the African American Forum Endowment Fund.


Transylvania University, located at 300 North Broadway, is a majestic campus adjacent to Gratz Park, three (3) blocks from the heart of downtown Lexington, amidst picturesque homes, historic landmarks, in a laid back atmosphere of stately trees and beautifully landscaped grounds.  Visit for more information or directions.


In addition to the outdoor festivities on Saturday, August 10th, the Smooth Jazz Fest will kick off on Thursday, August 8th with the Jazz Arts Foundation’s “Jazz: Live at the Library” and a special performance on Friday, August 9th by Lexington native and Boston resident Kevin Harris. 


The 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest is made possible by generous contributions from great corporate partners and sponsors!  Find all of this year’s sponsors at


African American Forum, Inc. (Producer), AdColor, Inc., Bacardi USA, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Burger King, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dever, Inc., Diamond Kut Entertainment, Dynamix Productions, Fifth Third Bank, Hilliard Lyons (Corporate Partner)  Integrity IT, Hilton Lexington/Downtown (Official Host Hotel), Kentucky American Water, KentuckyOne Health (Corporate Partner), LexArts, Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, LG&E and KU Energy, LLC, Lexus Store of Lexington (Title Sponsor), Lowe’s, Meijer, PNC Bank, South-Van Events, State Farm Insurance, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, US Bank and Whole Foods Market Lexington.  Promotional Partners: LEX18, WBTF-FM, 107.9 “The Beat” and WKGS, 96.9 KISS-FM.

The AAF is a non-profit arts and cultural organization based in Lexington, Kentucky.  The organization is committed to presenting programs that address cultural diversity and inclusion as well as celebrate the African American experience. 

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