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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!

Bone-Afide

Akron, OH
Fronted by a mighty 5-piece trombone section, this sensational group covers a wide range of styles in their high-energy show, including swing, Latin, funk & beyond!  Featuring Chris Anderson, Max Brady, Scott Marsh, Jim Re... read more

"Swing Dance Party" w/ Blue Lunch & Get Hep Swing

Akron, OH
Cleveland's venerable jump swingin' blues, gospel, and old-school R&B band returns to the Rubber City and joined by the renowned Get Hep Swing Dancers for a throwback-themed night of music & dance!

Forecast

Akron, OH
Contemporary jazz sensation from Cleveland brings funk, rock, reggae & pop to the BLU stage! Featuring Lem Adams, Riley Richard, Alphonso McDuffie, Gary Stevenson, Gene Butler.

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 Big Band Residency w/ the Sam Blakeslee Large Group "Farewell" Show

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), join us for the final installment of our BLU Jazz Big Band Residency featuring the Sam Blakeslee Large Group! Sam and the band will present a "Standards & Not So St... read more

Jackiem Joyner: "Main Street Beat" Album Release Event

Akron, OH
Award winning Los Angeles soul-jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping sensation arrives in the Rubber City for BLU debut in celebration of his brand-new album, "Main Street Beat!"

Tony Monaco

Akron, OH
Internationally-acclaimed Hammond B-3 organist returns to the Rubber City for a night of burnin', hard-swingin' organ trio jazz!

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).

Tony Cuda's Jazz Cats

Akron, OH
Some of Cleveland's most heavy-hitting instrumentalists converge on BLU for a sizzlin' night of traditional & modern jazz, featuring Tony Cuda, Dave Kasper, Chris Cuda, Dan Maier & Carlos Kincaid!

Sharon Rae North

Akron, OH
Enchanting chart-topping smooth jazz vocalist returns to her native Ohio for a not-to-miss evening at BLU!

Maitri, bluelight

Akron, OH
Join us for a special Sunday double-feature as Brooklyn's provocative soul & indie influenced collective, Maitri, meets Akron's vulnerable and emotional experimental R&B quintet, bluelight!

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!

"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!

Miloh Quartet: Bobby Selvaggio, Dan Bruce, Ashley Summers, Chris Baker

Akron, OH
Energetic & highly interactive modern jazz ensemble with musical roots in Northeast Ohio reunite on the BLU stage in special summer show!  Co-presented by Bop Stop at the Music Settlement.

Justo Saborit & Latin Soul

Akron, OH
Native Cuban guitar extraordinaire leads his fresh & exciting band, Latin Soul, in a roarin' return to BLU! Featuring Adrian Saborit, Nathan Melendez, Luis Medina, Robert Roman.

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).

Watu Utungo

Akron, OH
From appearances with Wynton Marsalis at the Village Vanguard, network television features and performances at world-famous jazz festivals, join this exceptional drummer/composer & his band as they bring together Afro-pop,... read more

RC & The Gritz

Akron, OH
Known by some as Erykah Badu's band, this eclectic super-group brings hot mix of R&B, hip-hop and soul to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring RC Williams, Cleon Edwards, TaRon Lockett, Braylon "Brother B" Lacy, Claudio... read more

Dominick Farinacci ft. Julien Labro

Akron, OH
Join us for a very special sendoff performance at BLU as NE Ohio's own virtuoso trumpeter & recording artist gets set to dazzle audiences in his debut at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival with international accordion sen... read more

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

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

Maureen Choi Quartet: "Latin Jazz Made In Spain"

Maureen Choi Quartet: "Latin Jazz Made In Spain"

Akron, OH
Captivating violinist from Spain and an all-star cast bring exciting mix of traditional Spanish & Latin American pieces with a jazzy flair in special North American tour! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, featuring a masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert (8PM) at BLU! Much has bee...
Saturday, June 24 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

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

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

Akron, OH
Join us as part of the live audience experience as national touring artist & master jazz guitarist, Akron's own - Dan Wilson, records his next album, "Balancing Act," LIVE at BLU with an all-star band! Featuring Sullivan Fortner, Ivan Taylor, Xavier Breaker, Sam Blakeslee. On June 23, 2017, he w...
Friday, June 23 2017 7:00 PM 10:45 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, June 22 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

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, June 21 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"The Vegas Player": Jimmy Mulidore Quartet

"The Vegas Player": Jimmy Mulidore Quartet

Akron, OH
Legendary Las Vegas woodwind master & renowned bandleader, whose resume includes performances with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, & Louis Armstrong - brings the swagger of the Vegas Strip to Akron's Main & Market for an evening of hard-swingin' bop, blues & more!  Woodwind master, author and West...
Saturday, June 17 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"East Coast Meets West Coast" with Dave Banks Big Band

"East Coast Meets West Coast" with Dave Banks Big Band

Akron, OH
The Rubber City's own wildly popular & hard-swingin' big band brings the flavors of the New York City & Los Angeles jazz scenes to Akron, featuring legendary Las Vegas saxophonist and renowned bandleader, Jimmy Mulidore! Trumpeter & bandleader David Banks has returned to the Northeast Ohio area ...
Friday, June 16 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"Brazilian Dance Party" ft. Paulo Costa Trio

"Brazilian Dance Party" ft. Paulo Costa Trio

Akron, OH
Celebrate the music of Brazil as this sizzlin' group brings their energetic & danceable interpretations of bossa nova, samba, forró, baião & frevo to the BLU stage! Featuring Paulo Costa, Felipe Brito, Davi Lira. The Paulo Costa Trio is the culmination of three Brazilian friends that inspire aud...
Thursday, June 15 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

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, June 14 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Kris Allen

Kris Allen

Akron, OH
Remarkable New England saxophonist, composer & educator (whose performance highlights include stints with Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson & Jimmy Greene) brings all-star lineup in BLU debut! Co-presented by the Bop Stop at the Music Settlement. Featuring Kris Allen, Frank Kozyra, Luques Curtis, J...
Saturday, June 10 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

New Century Jazz Quintet

New Century Jazz Quintet

Akron, OH
Five of the best rising star musicians from New York City & Japan arrive in the Rubber City with their red-hot band inspired by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for a very special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert event (8PM)! Featuring Ulysses Owens, Jr., Takeshi Ohbayashi, Benny Benack I...
Friday, June 9 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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