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Jazz Up Your Holidays With BAJA

2021 poster for BAJA's A Jazzy Holiday Concert
Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors will bring back "A Jazzy Holiday Concert" beginning 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2021) — Holiday music will fill the air at Singletary Center for the Arts again this week as the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors return to the stage with its 17th annual “A Jazzy Holiday Concert.” The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday), Dec. 14, in the Singletary Center Recital Hall.

The Bluegrass Area Jazz Association (BAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to the promotion of jazz education and the performance of jazz in the Bluegrass area. The Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors consists of community musicians and students from the University of Kentucky School of Music's Jazz Studies Program. This 20-piece big band is under the direction of Artistic Director Miles Osland and Musical Director David Hummel. BAJA has been performing since 2004 for the enjoyment of the community. 

Tickets for “A Jazzy Holiday Concert,” co-sponsored by UK Jazz Studies and BAJA, are $10 for general admission and $4 for students. To purchase tickets, contact Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at or visit the venue in person. 

In the interest of maintaining a safe environment for audiences, performers and venue staff, the Singletary Center requests that all audience members, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, remain masked at all times. Please be aware that musicians may be performing unmasked during this concert. The Singletary Center and College of Fine Arts thank all of our audience members for their cooperation. 

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