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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.

Matt Ulery's Loom Trio: "Festival" Album Release Event

Akron, OH
Sensational Chicago bassist & composer brings all-star trio to the Rubber City in support of their all-new album, "Festival!" Featuring Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemyer, Rob Clearfield.

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

Dan Wilson Quintet

Akron, OH
National touring artist, featured member of the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, & Akron-native guitar master makes swingin' return to BLU! Featuring Dan Wilson, Tommy Lehman, Cliff Barnes, Kip Reed, Michael Ode.

Hal Galper Trio w/ special guest Jerry Bergonzi

Akron, OH
Virtuoso jazz pianist, author, and accomplished recording artist (whom has worked with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Roy Eldridge & Michael Brecker) blazes into BLU with his all-star trio, featuring special ... read more

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!

Helen Welch: "The First Ladies of Song"

Akron, OH
British song-stylist and her top-notch band takes us on a soulful & sophisticated journey through the music of the world's legendary divas, including Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand & more!... read more

Emmet Cohen

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

Brian Charette Trio

Akron, OH
Grammy® nominated, Hammond-endorsed organist and pianist from New York City and winner of the 2014 Downbeat "Rising Star" award brings blazing trio to the Rubber City! With Jim Alfredson, Jordan Young.

Dominick Farinacci

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, international recording artist & trumpet sensation returns to the Rubber City with his critically-acclaimed new Mack Avenue Records release, "Short Stories," in an exclusi... read more

"Joni Mitchell: Reimagined" w/ Joanna Wallfisch, Gretchen Pleuss, Philip Anderson Trio

Akron, OH
Two powerful singers come together to pay homage to songwriter & music legend, Joni Mitchell, in a full band concert event at BLU! Featuring Joanna Wallfisch, Gretchen Pleuss, Philip Anderson Trio.

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!

Red Light Roxy

Akron, OH
Jump blues, swing jazz and boogie-woogie masters, Red Light Roxy, make a roarin' return to BLU! Featuring Eileen Burns, Demetrius Steinmetz, Joe Hunter, Dave Sterner, Daris Adkins, & Glenn Davis.

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

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), 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 music... read more

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: "Oddara" Album Release Event

Akron, OH
Extraordinary all-star female Cuban band lead by Juno Award winning, Grammy nominated saxophonist, Jane Bunnett, celebrates brand new album, "Oddara," in a very special concert presentation at BLU!

Dred Scott Trio

Akron, OH
Dubbed a "sly pianist-raconteur" by the New York Times, renowned Brooklyn pianist & Ropeadope recording artist returns to the town of his alma mater (The University of Akron) with his heady "downtown cool" brand of modern ... read more

Progger, Phantom Pop + JSWISS

Akron, OH
Nasty beats and pretty chords meet funky-fresh jazz fusion as TWO awesome New York City bands converge upon BLU Jazz+ for a double-bill party not-to-miss!

Chris Greene Quartet

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, premier Chicago-based acoustic group grounded in the jazz tradition but equally influenced by R&B, funk, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, blues, gospel & more returns for masterclass ... read more
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Past Events

Ben Monder

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 BLU! Featuring Jeremey Poparad, Zaire Darden.  A musician in the New York a...
Friday, September 30 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

The Reclamation Band

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. A native of Northampton, OH, Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbia ...
Thursday, September 29 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Jonathan Hooper (solo piano)

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! Jonathan’s jazz technique is built on a foundation of 13 years of classical training (starting at age five) as well as classical vocal study. His love of listening to j...
Wednesday, September 28 2016 7:00 PM 11:00 PM

Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Septet

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, Scott McKee, Tom First, Mark Mauldin. Sammy DeLeon is a well-recognized fi...
Saturday, September 24 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

John Coltrane 90th Birthday Celebration

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. Acclaimed American saxophonist, bandleader & composer, John Coltrane, became...
Friday, September 23 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, September 22 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Michael Ode Quintet

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. Drummer Michael Ode was born in Philadelphia, PA, but spent most of hi...
Wednesday, September 21 2016 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

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

"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!  Featuring the renowned Get Hep Swing Dancers for a throwback-themed night of music...
Saturday, September 17 2016 7:00 PM 11:00 PM

The Funkyard Experiment

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, Jeremiah Napier, Chris George, John Turner, Willie McMillon, Matt Segal, Daniel...
Friday, September 16 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Wave Magnetik

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! Wave Magnetik is a sensational electronic music duo lead by producer and trumpeter, Donald Malloy. In the ban...
Thursday, September 15 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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