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Jackie Warren

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making!  Hosted by fan-favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his trio - presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF).

Michelle Walker

Akron, OH
Armed with a provocative, whiskey-soaked tone, the charismatic New York City-based breakout jazz vocalist brings her artful blend of blues, bebop, swing & soul back to BLU!

Elan Trotman

Akron, OH
Barbados native award-winning smooth jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping recording artist blends Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures in a roarin' return to BLU!

Jackie Warren

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

East-Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band: "The Magic Continues"

Akron, OH
The driving & hard-swingin' big band sounds of Count Basie, Jay McShann, & Tadd Dameron are celebrated in this special show, including highlights from the group's upcoming album release, "The Magic Continues!"

David Berkman / Tim Armacost Quartet (Concert + Masterclass)

Akron, OH
Master NYC pianist/composer and Northeast Ohio native returns for his first hometown performance in over a decade with a masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert (8PM) at BLU! Featuring Grammy-nominated saxophonist, Tim Armacos... read more

Brandon Meeks

Akron, OH
Breakout jazz bassist, producer, arranger & beatmaker from Indianapolis brings his authentic, high-level artistry to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring Brandon Meeks, Rob Dixon, Theron Brown & Richard “Sleepy” Floyd.

Jackie Warren

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making!  Hosted by fan-favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his trio - presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF).

Katie Thiroux: "Off Beat" Album Release Party

Akron, OH
Extraordinary Los Angeles based bassist/vocalist multi-talent and stewardess of the hard-swingin' mainstream jazz tradition brings all-star trio back to BLU to celebrate her acclaimed new album, "Off Beat," on Capri Record... read more

Ivan Taylor

Akron, OH
All-star Chicago bassist (of Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Garrett, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Curtis Fuller) swings from the Windy City into the Rubber City for a not-to-miss BLU debut!

Benny Benack III: "One of a Kind" Album Release Party

Akron, OH
Award-winning New York City trumpeter & vocalist brings swingin' all-star band and music from his all-new album, "One of a Kind," in BLU debut! Featuring Benny Benack III, Takeshi Ohbayashi, Alex Claffy, Joe Peri.

Jackie Warren

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

Gabrielle Stravelli (Concert + Masterclass)

Akron, OH
Internationally acclaimed New York City vocalist, songwriter & actor brings the music of her award-winning new album, "Dream Ago," to BLU with a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert (8PM)! Presented by the BLU ... read more

The Nasty Nati Brass Band

Akron, OH
With a "socially conscious New Orleans second line inspired brass band with their own jazz, fusion, funk & soulful sound," join us as this red-hot group from Cincinnati makes their BLU return! Featuring Mike Wade, Alexis O... read more

Brian Charette's "Kürrent": Circuit Bent Organ Duo

Akron, OH
Grammy® nominated, Hammond-endorsed New York City organist and 2014 Downbeat "Rising Star" award winner returns with his futuristic reimagining of the jazz organ small group setting! Featuring Brian Charette & Jordan Young.

Jackie Warren

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making!  Hosted by fan-favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his trio - presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF).

Pharez Whitted

Akron, OH
Legendary trumpeter and patriarch of the Chicago jazz scene breezes into the Rubber City for a special BLU debut with an all-star band! Featuring Pharez Whitted, Eddie Bayard, Lovell Bradford, Jonathan Wood, Xazavian Valla... read more

Late Night Jazz Jam w/ Michael Ode

Akron, OH
Up-and-coming jazz drummer, composer, and graduate of the 2016 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program hosts special late night summertime jam session - bring your horn & join in the fun!

Soul Understated featuring Mavis "Swan" Poole

Akron, OH
Jazz, R&B, gospel and funk collide with soul-stirring harmonies, rhythms and danceable grooves as the renowned NYC powerhouse lead by Jeremy 'Bean' Clemons & Mavis 'Swan' Poole makes their return to BLU!

FunkyardX Halloween Party

Akron, OH
Calling all zombies, witches, vampires, and ghosts! Following their recent sold-out appearance at BLU Jazz+, the Funkyard Experiment brings their soul-laced, groove-heavy funk, pop, rock, jazz & gospel sound back to BLU in... read more

Nicole Henry

Akron, OH
Hailed "a pop-soul superwoman" by The New York Times, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist brings her soulful voice & heartfelt charisma in BLU debut!

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: “Vanessa Rubin Sings!”

Akron, OH
International recording star & NE Ohio native, Vanessa Rubin, pays centennial tribute to a remarkable quartet born in 1917: Northeast Ohio's own Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk & Ella Fitzgerald in our speci... read more

Manuel Valera

Akron, OH
Grammy® nominated Cuban pianist & composer (Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch) brings his own high-energy modern jazz trio to BLU by way of New York City for a special two-night residency!

Manuel Valera (Masterclass & Concert)

Akron, OH
Grammy® nominated Cuban pianist & composer (Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch) brings his own high-energy modern jazz trio to BLU by way of New York City to conclude his two-night residency with a special mast... read more

Kandace Springs

Akron, OH
Vibrant Nashville jazz & soul vocalist/pianist and Blue Note recording artist brings her remarkably fresh & sparkling sound to the Rubber City in BLU debut!

Dave Stryker

Akron, OH
Internationally-acclaimed jazz guitarist, composer & recording artist (Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Steve Slagle) makes his BLU debut in a special late night show! Co-presented by Youngstown State University Jazz Guita... read more

Michelle Lordi ft. Orrin Evans

Akron, OH
Captivating jazz vocalist & Philadelphia native brings the varied repertoire of American Songbook classics and modern pop hits from her latest album, "Drive," to the BLU stage with special guest pianist, the sensational Or... read more

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: "Peanuts Meet the Grinch!" ft. Russ Mitchell & Evelyn Wright

Akron, OH
WKYC’s Russ Mitchell narrates “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and Louis Armstrong’s last recording, “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, along with swinging versions of the perennial favorite “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in ... read more

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: "Love in Cleveland" ft. Helen Welch & Ernie Krivda

Akron, OH
The best date night in Northeast Ohio! Premiere singer/entertainer, Helen Welch, and legendary North Coast saxophonist, Ernie Krivda, join the CJO in an evening of love songs, from Rodgers & Hart to the Beatles in our spec... read more

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: "Caribbean Music Explosion" ft. Dan Wilson

Akron, OH
Dan Wilson is one of the great talents rising in jazz today - his treatments of Afro-Cuban, samba & bossa nova are not to be missed in our special concert series with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra!
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Past Events

Dan Wilson: "Balancing Act," Live at BLU Jazz+ Album Release Event

Dan Wilson: "Balancing Act," Live at BLU Jazz+ Album Release Event

Akron, OH
Join us as master guitarist & national touring artist (Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride), Akron's own - Dan Wilson, returns to BLU celebrating the release of his all-new album, "Balancing Act," recorded LIVE at BLU earlier this summer! Featuring Theron Brown, Kip Reed, James Johnson III, Sam B...
Sunday, September 24 2017 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

Matthew Stevens: "Preverbal" Album Release

Matthew Stevens: "Preverbal" Album Release

Akron, OH
On the heels of a busy 2016 after playing an integral role as sideman on wildly successful releases by Esperanza Spalding & Christian Scott, virtuoso guitarist makes BLU debut with a masterclass (6PM, FREE) & concert event (8PM) in celebration of his critically acclaimed new album, Preverbal! Vi...
Saturday, September 23 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

James Lloyd

James Lloyd

Akron, OH
Billboard chart-topping keyboardist, recording artist, and co-founder of legendary group, "Pieces of a Dream," brings an exciting new project to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring James Lloyd, West Byrd, John C. Hall Jr., Justin Lee Walker, Tony Watson, Monica Carter. Keyboardist James Lloy...
Friday, September 22 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"Salsa & Bachata Thursdays" Latin Dance Party

"Salsa & Bachata Thursdays" Latin Dance Party

Akron, OH
Join us for our new "3rd Thursdays" summer series at BLU as host DJ Yama spins some red-hot dance music to make you move!  Each "Salsa & Bachata Thursday" kicks off with a free dance lesson at 8PM - come party with us! BLU Jazz+ and Gala Events invite you to enjoy our new "Salsa & Bachata Thursd...
Thu, Sep 21 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Sep 22 2017 12:00 AM

Jackie Warren

Jackie Warren

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it! Jackie Warren, a cornerstone of the Cleveland jazz & salsa scenes, is one of the mos...
Wednesday, September 20 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Adam Hawley & Phil Denny

Adam Hawley & Phil Denny

Akron, OH
Billboard #1 chart-topping hit maker & smooth jazz guitarist sensation teams up with international R&B soul jazz saxophonist for a very special BLU debut, one night only! It has been an exciting past year for guitarist Adam Hawley, who’s debut record “Just The Beginning” was released on March 18...
Saturday, September 16 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Hot Djang!

Hot Djang!

Akron, OH
Sip on one of our specialty cocktails and soak in the sounds of 1930's Paris, France with one of the area's finest gypsy jazz & early swing bands - Hot Djang! Featuring Reed Simon, Kevin Richards, Brad Smedley, Bryan Thomas. Hot Djang! is an acoustic jazz quartet featuring violin, acoustic guita...
Friday, September 15 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making!  Hosted by fan-favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his trio - presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF). Akron-based jazz pianist, Theron Brown, is a frequent performer and jam session bandleader at BLU Jazz+....
Thursday, September 14 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Nick Paparone Sextet

Nick Paparone Sextet

Akron, OH
Up-and-coming jazz guitarist fronts heavy-hitting band of jazz all-stars in BLU debut! Featuring Nick Paparone, Fred Davis, Jack Schantz, Rock Wehrmann, Robert Sobnosky, Mark Gonder. Nick Paparone is a jazz guitarist based in Northeast Ohio. Studying under greats such as Bob Fraser, Jack Schantz...
Wednesday, September 13 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Dave Banks Big Band: "Swingin' with Sinatra"

Dave Banks Big Band: "Swingin' with Sinatra"

Akron, OH
After a string of sold-out appearances at BLU Jazz+, Akron's wildly popular Dave Banks Big Band returns featuring special guest vocalists Michael Sonata & Sandra Emerick with a swingin' early evening concert showcasing the music popularized by "Ol' BLU Eyes," Frank Sinatra! Trumpeter & bandleade...
Sunday, September 10 2017 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
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