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A Love Electric: "Psychomonde"

Akron, OH
Sensational Ropeadope Sur Records guitarist/vocalist, Todd Clouser, fronts energetic & exciting progressive jazz rock trio from Mexico City in support of acclaimed new album, "Psychomonde!" Featuring Todd Clauser, Hernan H... read more

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Ellet High School

Akron, OH
Join us at BLU Jazz+ as we feature our area's top high school & collegiate jazz programs in a special concert series! This showcase will include performances by the talented groups from Ellet High School under the directio... read more

Peter & Will Anderson Trio

Akron, OH
New York City twin brother woodwind virtuosos swing back into Akron for a special one-night-only return appearance to BLU with a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert event (8PM)!

Emmet Cohen

Akron, OH
Award-winning young pianist extraordinaire swings back into BLU from New York City with his all-star trio!  Featuring Russell Hall, Kyle Poole. Co-presented by BLU Jazz+ and The BOP Stop at the Music Settlement.

East-Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band: "Tribute to Tadd Dameron"

Akron, OH
Join us for a very special centennial celebration of legendary Northeast Ohio composer & arranger, Tadd Dameron, as Dr. Kent Engelhardt & Steve Enos assemble an all-star ensemble to perform the music from Dameron's 1962 al... read more

Jackie Warren (solo piano)

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

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ the Sam Blakeslee Large Group ft. Jim Rupp: "Celebrating the Composers of The Village Vanguard"

Akron, OH
Join us for our "first Thursdays" big band residency led by trombonist/composer, Sam Blakeslee, with special guest artist - drummer Jim Rupp! Featuring the music of legendary big band composers Thad Jones, Jim McNeely & Bo... read more

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.

Rose Colella & Dan Bruce Duo

Akron, OH
Known highly for their personalized arrangements of standard jazz repertoire & Brazilian bossa nova, join us as this swingin' Chicago-based jazz duo makes their BLU debut!

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Youngstown State University Jazz Guitar Studio

Akron, OH
Join us at BLU Jazz+ as we feature our area's top high school & collegiate jazz programs in a special concert series! This showcase will include performances by talented groups from the jazz guitar studio of Youngstown Sta... read more

Noah Preminger

Akron, OH
Acclaimed Brooklyn-based tenor saxophonist & recording artist gives masterclass (FREE, 6PM) and brings music from all-new album, Meditations On Freedom, in live concert event (8PM)!  Co-presented by the BLU Jazz+ Mastercla... read more

Peter Bernstein

Akron, OH
Internationally-acclaimed jazz guitarist & recording artist hailing from New York City comes to town for a not-to-miss BLU debut performance!

Esto Jazz

Akron, OH
Saxophonist Bob Esterle leads instrumental jazz & pop group in return to BLU Jazz+! Featuring Bob Esterle, Duncan Crooks, Wilbur Krebs, James "J.R." Richley.

Althea René

Akron, OH
Detroit soul jazz flutist & Billboard chart-topping sensation brings red hot band to the Rubber City in BLU debut!

Donny McCaslin

Akron, OH
Three-time Grammy® nominated saxophonist & member of David Bowie’s Grammy-winning final album, Blackstar, brings the music from his new album, Beyond Now, to BLU with a not-to-miss masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert ... read more

Monika Herzig: "Whole World In Her Hands" Band

Akron, OH
Indianapolis-based pianist & composer extraordinaire leads a cast of female all-star instrumentalists in very special BLU debut! Featuring Monika Herzig, Jennifer Vincent, Rosa Avila, Jamie Baum, Leni Stern, Reut Regev.

Full Circle

Akron, OH
Master Pittsburgh drummer, James Johnson III (Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, George Coleman, Kenny Garrett), leads all-star lineup in BLU debut of his high-energy group!  Featuring James Johnson III, Chris Coles, Cliff Barn... read more

Huntertones

Akron, OH
The fan-favorite soul / jazz / hip-hop phenomenon from Brooklyn returns to BLU Jazz+ for a high-energy Sunday throwdown in the Rubber City!

Xavier Breaker Coalition

Akron, OH
Nationally-acclaimed Chicago drummer/composer/arranger brings swingin' all-star band to the Rubber City for BLU debut!

Russ Nolan

Akron, OH
DownBeat Magazine "Best of 2016" winner with his album, "Sanctuary from the Ordinary," New York City Latin & modern jazz saxophonist sensation makes return to BLU!  Featuring Theron Brown, Jordan McBride, Zaire Darden.

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 debut!

Walter Beasley

Akron, OH
Legendary contemporary jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping recording artist blazes back into the Rubber City in support of his popular new album, "Blackstreams" (Affable Records), for two unforgettable nights at BLU... read more

Walter Beasley

Akron, OH
Legendary contemporary jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping recording artist blazes back into the Rubber City in support of his popular new album, "Blackstreams" (Affable Records), for two unforgettable nights at BLU... read more

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 F... read more
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Past Events

"3Divas": Sherrie Maricle, Jackie Warren, Amy Shook

"3Divas": Sherrie Maricle, Jackie Warren, Amy Shook

Akron, OH
Described by The New York Times as "blistering hot," join us as the hard-swingin' powerhouse jazz trio that ignited the award-winning show, "Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Thru Life," makes their BLU debut! Featuring Sherrie Maricle, Jackie Warren, Amy Shook. The newest addition to the DIVA family of ba...
Saturday, March 25 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

The University of Akron JazzFest Afterparty & Jam Session

The University of Akron JazzFest Afterparty & Jam Session

Akron, OH
Akron-native bassist and The University of Akron Jazz Studies alumnus, Mike Forfia, leads swingin' trio for a special afterparty & jam session at BLU following the UA JazzFest Concert featuring Steve Tyrell at E.J. Thomas Hall! As part of the annual University of Akron JazzFest, the School of Mu...
Fri, Mar 24 2017 11:00 PM Sat, Mar 25 2017 1:00 AM

Dan Wilson Quintet

Dan Wilson Quintet

Akron, OH
National touring artist, featured member of the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, & Akron-native guitar master makes swingin' return to BLU - along with an exciting special announcement!  Featuring Dan Wilson, Sam Blakeslee, Theron Brown, Alfredo Guerrieri, Dave Throckmorton. Akron’s own, guitarist Dan Wil...
Friday, March 24 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Sam Blakeslee

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Sam Blakeslee

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 special guest trombonist & composer, Sam Blakeslee! Sam Blakeslee is a trombonist/composer residing in Cleveland, OH. In his few years on the scene, he has ...
Thursday, March 23 2017 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, Freddy Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom, Bobby Vinton, and Dion...
Wednesday, March 22 2017 7:00 PM 11:00 PM

Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan

Akron, OH
Internationally-acclaimed & award-winning baritone saxophonist returns to the Rubber City for a very special live concert (8PM) and masterclass (6PM, FREE) event! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation. Featuring Theron Brown, David Morgan, Zaire Darden. Award winning multi-in­strumen...
Saturday, March 18 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Bobby Selvaggio: "The Music of Gary Burton"

Bobby Selvaggio: "The Music of Gary Burton"

Akron, OH
Acclaimed Northeast Ohio alto saxophonist returns for an exciting evening at BLU featuring the music of legendary jazz icon, vibraphonist Gary Burton! Featuring Bobby Selvaggio, William Wedmedyk, Dan Bruce, Kevin Martinez, Dan Fernandez. Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading voices on alto sax i...
Friday, March 17 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Teddy Pantelas Trio

Teddy Pantelas Trio

Akron, OH
Following the BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars performance with Boardman High School, Youngstown jazz guitar virtuoso & composer returns to BLU for an evening of top-notch instrumental jazz! Featuring Teddy Pantelas, Vinny Vivacqua, Dustin May. Teddy Pantelas is a self-taught guitarist since the age ...
Thursday, March 16 2017 9:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Boardman High School

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Boardman High School

Akron, OH
Join us at BLU Jazz+ as we feature our area's top high school & collegiate jazz programs in a special concert series! This showcase will include performances by the talented groups from Boardman High School under the direction of Thomas Ruggieri, featuring special guest guitarist, Teddy Pantelas!...
Thursday, March 16 2017 7:00 PM 8:30 PM

Cliff Barnes (solo piano)

Cliff Barnes (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday! Pittsburgh-based pianist, organist, & bassist, Cliff Barnes, is an accomplished & versatile musician in genres ranging from gospel to jazz. Barnes has performed with so...
Wednesday, March 15 2017 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
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