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Coles / Selvaggio / Watson / Spearman / Reed / Darden

Akron, OH
Exciting Cleveland-native saxophonist, recording artist & educator, Chris Coles, co-leads top notch group in BLU return!  Featuring Bobby Selvaggio, Tony Watson, Daniel Spearman, Kip Reed, Zaire Darden.

JazzWorks

Akron, OH
Experience some of the best jazz talent our region has to offer with the return of JazzWorks, including new music & arrangements by members of this all-star band! Featuring Howie Smith, John Klayman, Jack Schantz, Chris An... read more

"Swing Dance Party" w/ Red Light Roxy & Get Hep Swing

Akron, OH
Jump blues, swing jazz & boogie-woogie masters, Red Light Roxy, are joined by the renowned Get Hep Swing Dancers for a throwback-themed night of music & dance!  Featuring Eileen Burns, Demetrius Steinmetz, Joe Hunter, Dave... 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!

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).

Becca Stevens

Akron, OH
Internationally acclaimed singer/composer/guitarist and GroundUP Music recording artist blurs the boundaries of folk, jazz, & pop in her highly-anticipated return to BLU with music from her latest album, Regina!

Jeff & Tania Grubbs Quartet

Akron, OH
Focused on melody & simplicity, master bassist and jazz vocalist team hailing from Pittsburgh bring all-star quartet back to BLU! Featuring Jeff Grubbs, Tania Grubbs, Clifford Barnes, Dustin May.

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+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Boardman High School & Youngstown State University

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 & Youngstown S... read more

Daniel Weatherspoon

Akron, OH
Grammy® Award winning producer and Billboard & iTunes chart-topping contemporary jazz artist brings his soulful & funky sound to the Rubber City by way of Nashville in a not-to-miss BLU debut!

Bob Lanzetti

Akron, OH
Brooklyn-based guitarist / composer / producer and member of 3x Grammy® award-winning jazz/funk collective, Snarky Puppy, brings his own project to the Rubber City in BLU debut!

On a Limb

Akron, OH
Join us at BLU as we welcome the unique & highly-interactive improvisational sound of this young, exciting trio by way of the Queen City! Featuring Andrew Haug, Noah Simionides, Charlie Schefft.

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!

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

"Kind of BLU": The Music of Miles Davis

Akron, OH
Join us as we recreate the magic of the best-selling jazz record of all time: Miles Davis' legendary 1959 album, "Kind of Blue," with an all-star Northeast Ohio band! Featuring Tommy Lehman, Bobby Selvaggio, Chris Coles, M... read more

Wesley Bright & The Honeytones: "A Love Story"

Akron, OH
After two sold-out Valentine's Day appearances at BLU, Akron-native soul singer sensation returns with his dynamic showmanship & top-notch band for a very special 3rd annual Valentine's Date Night done right! Featuring Wes... read more

Dave Banks Big Band: "Tribute to the Beatles"

Akron, OH
We're bringing Liverpool to Akron in a not-to-miss big band show paying homage to the smashing hits of the "Fab Four"! Featuring music as recorded by the likes of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson & more!

Marcus Anderson's Valentine's Day Celebration

Akron, OH
Following sold-out appearances at BLU in 2016 & 2017, sensational pop/R&B/jazz saxophonist & member of New Power Generation (the backing band of music icon, Prince) returns to the Rubber City with his high-energy band for ... read more

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Firestone High School & Kent State University

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 Firestone High School & Kent State ... read more

Andre Cavor

Akron, OH
Cleveland based saxophonist & recording artist brings the music of his multi-faceted debut album, Road Trip, to the Rubber City in a very special BLU debut! Featuring Andre Cavor, Joe Eff, Walter Barnes, EJ Davis, Dion Dav... read more

Sam Blakeslee: "Selective Coverage" Album Release Party

Akron, OH
Dynamic NYC trombonist & composer returns to BLU Jazz+ for a special homecoming show & celebration of his all-new studio album, "Selective Coverage!" Featuring Sam Blakeslee, Brandon Coleman, Theron Brown, Kip Reed & Dan P... read more

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

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!

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!

Alvin Frazier

Akron, OH
From sharing the stage with Parliament / Funkadelic, Chanté Moore, The Ohio Players & more, Cleveland-native singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor brings his own R&B, soul & jazz sound in a captivating present... read more
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Past Events

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, January 17 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

MLK Celebration Concert: "Tribute to Barry White & Teddy Pendergrass" w/ Hubb's Groove

MLK Celebration Concert: "Tribute to Barry White & Teddy Pendergrass" w/ Hubb's Groove

Akron, OH
Renowned smooth & soul jazz group, Hubb's Groove, returns with special early evening concert to celebrate the life & legacy of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.! Featuring Jonathan Jones, Tony Watson Jr, George Granville, Robert Hubbard Jr. & special guests - Walter Anthony Jr. & Dion D...
Sunday, January 14 2018 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

"Nous": Smith / Brown / Plank

"Nous": Smith / Brown / Plank

Akron, OH
Three of Ohio's top jazz instrumentalists (saxophonist Howie Smith, pianist Theron Brown, and bassist Aidan Plank) team up to form this spirited & highly creative ensemble in their BLU debut! A virtuoso saxophonist and composer, Howie Smith does not easily fit into a single category. As a perfor...
Saturday, January 13 2018 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, January 11 2018 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, January 10 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Eric Seddon's Hot Club

Eric Seddon's Hot Club

Akron, OH
Native New Yorker & clarinetist magnifique returns to BLU with an all-new historical series, "Jazz Clarinetists/Jazz Composers: A Survey of Originals from Bechet to Today," an exploration of over 100 years of traditional jazz repertoire featuring the tunes & contributions by Sidney Bechet, Benny ...
Saturday, January 6 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Late Night Jazz Jam w/ Lucas Kadish

Late Night Jazz Jam w/ Lucas Kadish

Akron, OH
New York City guitarist wunderkind & Ohio native hosts a very special late night jam session - bring your horn & join in the fun! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation. Join us for a very special “late night” edition of our popular jazz jam, hosted by one of the Akron area’s up-and-c...
Fri, Jan 5 2018 11:00 PM Sat, Jan 6 2018 1:30 AM

Double Feature Friday: Glenn Holmes Quartet, Lucas Kadish Tundra

Double Feature Friday: Glenn Holmes Quartet, Lucas Kadish Tundra

Akron, OH
Master NE Ohio bassist & NYC guitarist wunderkind bring their all-star bands to BLU for a high-energy evening of top shelf jazz - one ticket gets you into both shows! - - - GLENN HOLMES QUARTET (8PM-9:15PM) A native of Cleveland, bassist & bandleader, Glenn Holmes, has earned degrees in String...
Friday, January 5 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"When Sonny Gets BLU": The Music of Sonny Rollins

"When Sonny Gets BLU": The Music of Sonny Rollins

Akron, OH
Northeast Ohio acoustic bassist extraordinaire, Aidan Plank, leads a colossal band in a very special program paying homage to legendary tenor saxophonist & recording artist, Sonny Rollins! Featuring Christopher Burge, Brad Wagner, Will Wedmedyk, Aidan Plank, Dan Fernandez. A native of Oberlin, O...
Thursday, January 4 2018 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, January 3 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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