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Joe Hunter (solo piano)

Akron, OH
A first-call pianist for many local, national, and international acts, Joe Hunter has established himself as one of the cornerstones of the Cleveland & Columbus jazz circuits. Joe Hunter has been playing piano professional... read more

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ the Sam Blakeslee Large Group

Akron, OH
Join us for our "first Thursdays" big band artist-in-residence series led by trombonist/composer, Sam Blakeslee, featuring the very best local & regional jazz musicians!

Black Dog Octet

Akron, OH
Lead by a front line of five premier saxophonists and backed by a hard-swinging rhythm section, join us as this eight-piece group of NE Ohio all-star musicians swings back into BLU!  Feturing Tony Spicer, Brad Wagner, Chri... read more

Dori Amarilio & Gretje Angell

Akron, OH
Los Angeles based jazz vocalist (and Akron, OH native), Gretje Angell, returns to the Rubber City for a hometown show at BLU Jazz+ with her West Coast duo!

The University of Akron presents "BLUprints to EX[L]"

Akron, OH
The University of Akron Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship & Civic Engagement - the EX[L] Center - is holding its recurring networking event for innovators & entrepreneurs at BLU! Powered by JumpStart & UARF... read more

Moss Stanley (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday!

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), 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!

Laura Camara

Akron, OH
Boasting a fresh mix of popular song, jazz standards, & original compositions, soulful world-traveled songstress returns to the States with her dynamic vocal skill & thrilling improvisation in tow for BLU debut!

Bobby Selvaggio Quartet

Akron, OH
Acclaimed alto saxophonist returns to BLU with all-star band for an evening of high-energy live jazz! Featuring Bobby Selvaggio, Theron Brown, Paul Thompson, James Johnson.

Stand Up To Cancer Benefit Comedy Show

Akron, OH
Page One Sports & Entertainment presents a special fundraiser event for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity. Hosted by Big Chevy, featuring Marcus Martin, Earnest Moore, Juanda Mayfield &... read more

Russell Malone

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, signature guitarist & international chart-topping recording artist swings into the Rubber City for a must-hear masterclass (6PM) & concert event (8PM)!

Wave Magnetik

Akron, OH
Rising star NYC-based trumpeter & DJ, Donald Malloy, leads fusion & electronic dance music (EDM) duo, mixing elements of dubstep, rock, & jazz together for an electrifying return to BLU!

The Funkyard Experiment

Akron, OH
Where funk, pop, rock, jazz and gospel all grace the same stage, The Funkyard Experiment - or The "FunkyardX" - bring their soul-laced & groove-heavy sound to BLU! Featuring Steve Johnson, Leon Turner, Larry Galloway, Jere... read more

"Swing Dance Party" ft. Johnny Boyd & Cocktails with the Crooner, Get Hep Swing

Akron, OH
Bringing back the nostalgic charisma of a bygone era, the prolific West Coast vocalist seamlessly blends swing, jazz, pop, country, gospel & rock for a sound that fans from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash will enjoy!  Featuri... read more

Michael Ode Quintet

Akron, OH
Up-and-coming jazz drummer, composer, and graduate of the 2016 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program leads 5-piece group in BLU debut! Featuring Michael Ode, Lawrence Galloway, Russell Gelman-Sheehan, Michael Orenstein, Max Weiner.

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), 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!

John Coltrane 90th Birthday Celebration

Akron, OH
Join us at BLU Jazz+ as we pay special tribute to acclaimed jazz saxophonist 20th century music icon, John Coltrane, with a special live concert event! Featuring Bobby Selvaggio, Theron Brown, Aidan Plank, Zaire Darden.

Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Septet

Akron, OH
Dance the night away as legendary Cleveland percussionist brings 7-piece band back to BLU for an explosive night of Latin jazz, salsa, merengue & more! Featuring Sammy DeLeon, Jackie Warren, Nelson Orta, Cheito Hernandez, ... read more

Jonathan Hooper (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday!

The Reclamation Band

Akron, OH
Versatile bassist & composer, Kevin Martinez, leads exciting quartet which performs interactive, acoustic jazz steeped strongly in many other genres! Featuring Kevin Martinez, Sam Blakeslee, Chris Coles, Anthony Taddeo.

Ben Monder

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, seasoned master guitarist & collaborator with the likes of such greats as David Bowie, Jack McDuff, Lee Konitz & Maria Schneider, brings special masterclass & concert to B... read more

Bill Charlap Trio

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation & Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland, world-renowned Grammy® award-winning jazz pianist & recording artist (Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Wynton Marsalis) swings into BLU f... read more

"An Evening with the Joe Augustine Trio"

Akron, OH
Steinway artist, master pianist & composer returns to BLU with hard-swingin' trio for a magical & memorable evening of premier live jazz! Featuring Dave Morgan & Jim Rupp.

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ the Sam Blakeslee/Dan Pugach Tentet

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), join us for a special edition of our "first Thursdays" big band residency as composers Sam Blakeslee & Dan Pugach team up to present all-new music featuring special... read more

Huntertones "Live": Album Release Event

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, the high energy horn-driven group out of Brooklyn returns to Akron in celebration of their all-new live album (recorded in part right here at BLU) with a masterclass (5PM)... read more

Hal Galper Trio ft. Jerry Bergonzi

Akron, OH
Virtuoso jazz pianist, author, and widely accomplished recording artist (whom has worked with the likes of Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Roy Eldridge & Michael Brecker, to name a few) blazes into the Rubber ... read more

Emmet Cohen

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, powerful & charismatic award-winning pianist swings into BLU from New York City with his all-star trio for special masterclass (5PM) & concert (8PM) presentation!

Roland Paolucci (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Pianist Roland Paolucci is one of Northeast Ohio's jazz gems.  As the founder of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Akron and former Musical Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Paolucci is highly respected... read more

Victor Provost

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, join us as dazzling steel pan master & award-winning percussionist grooves into Akron for special masterclass (5PM) and concert (7PM, 9:30PM)!
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Past Events

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), 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! Akron-based jazz pianist, Theron Brown, is a frequent performer and jam session bandleader at BLU Jazz+. ...
Thursday, August 25 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Cliff Habian (solo piano)

Cliff Habian (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday! Northeast Ohio piano sensation, Cliff Habian, has worked with the likes of jazz luminaries Joe Lovano, Freddie Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom, Bobby Vinton, and Dio...
Wednesday, August 24 2016 7:00 PM 11:00 PM

Ahi-Nama

Ahi-Nama

Akron, OH
The Rubber City's own salsa, timba, and Latin jazz sensation brings their high-energy show back to BLU! Featuring Alex Hoyt, Tim Coyne, Nathan-Paul Davis, Jason Hadgis, Clay Chabola, Dan Kshywonis, Chris Baker, and Matthew DeRubertis. Ahi-Nama was started by Alex Hoyt (pianist, arranger, and ban...
Saturday, August 20 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Marcus Anderson: "Purple in BLU"

Marcus Anderson: "Purple in BLU"

Akron, OH
Sensational pop/R&B/jazz saxophonist and member of New Power Generation (the backing band of music icon, Prince) has been showcased worldwide & brings his own high-energy band to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Pop/R&B and jazz sensation, Marcus Anderson, is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing fro...
Friday, August 19 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Tommy Lehman

Tommy Lehman

Akron, OH
Akron-native trumpeter and rising star of Connecticut's Hartt School of Music returns to BLU for a hometown show not to be missed! Featuring Kip Reed, Dan Fernandez, Nathan-Paul Davis, Russell Gelman-Sheehan, Caleb Smith. Trumpeter Tommy Lehman is a native of Akron and graduate of Firestone High...
Thursday, August 18 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Jackie Warren (solo piano)

Jackie Warren (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday! Jackie Warren, a cornerstone of the Cleveland jazz & salsa scenes, is one of the most in-demand pianists in the area and has rightfully earned the nickname "Cleveland's...
Wednesday, August 17 2016 7:00 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, Eric Seddon, Kevin Richards, Brad Smedley, Bryan Thomas. Hot Djang! is an acoustic jazz quintet featuring violin, c...
Saturday, August 13 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"The Experience" ft. Nathan-Paul Davis

"The Experience" ft. Nathan-Paul Davis

Akron, OH
Multi-faceted & expressive Cleveland-based saxophonist returns to BLU with exciting all-new group! “Deep grooves, strong, singable, soulful melodies, uncommon forms, an unwavering desire to dance, sounds that carry you to a distant memory,” would be one way to describe Nathan-Paul’s music. “No m...
Friday, August 12 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), 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! Akron-based jazz pianist, Theron Brown, is a frequent performer and jam session bandleader at BLU Jazz+. ...
Thursday, August 11 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Kofi Boakye (solo piano)

Kofi Boakye (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday evening! Kofi Boakye is a 16 year old pianist born in Akron, Ohio. Kofi has gathered musical experience from myriad venues across the United States, having performed in the Gospel Mus...
Wednesday, August 10 2016 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
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