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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!

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).

James Gaiters & 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

Bill Dobbins

Akron, OH
Renowned world-class pianist, composer, & Eastman School of Music professor of jazz studies returns to BLU in a very special Wednesday night solo performance!

John Morton Memorial Tribute Session

Akron, OH
Join us as the Northeast Ohio jazz community assembles to celebrate the life & legacy of remarkable musician, friend & contributor to the local scene, John Morton, with a very special session in his honor at BLU.

Double Feature Friday: Ahi-Nama, Joe Leaman’s Caribbean Jazz Sextet

Akron, OH
BLU heads to the tropics with two high-energy bands bringing us a sizzlin' mix of salsa, Cuban & Caribbean timba, Latin Jazz & much more!

Marcus Johnson

Akron, OH
Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated keyboardist, pianist, & recording artist returns to Akron by way of Washington, D.C. for a night of hot contemporary live 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).

Goran Ivanovic

Akron, OH
Croatian-born guitarist magnifique brings his deep stylistic range of classical, jazz, & flamenco by way of Chicago in BLU debut!  Featuring Goran Ivanovic, Pete Tashjian, Mike Harmon.

Lucas Kadish

Akron, OH
New York City guitarist wunderkind & Ohio native returns to the Rubber City with some exciting new music & an all-star band for a not-to-miss night at BLU! Featuring Lucas Kadish, Dan Pappalardo, Michael Ode.

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!

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

Late Night Jazz Jam w/ Tommy Lehman

Akron, OH
Akron native & young lion trumpeter hosts special late night summertime jam session - bring your horn & join in!

Joshua Breakstone - "Soft Hands: Jazz Ethereal"

Akron, OH
Masterful jazz guitarist & recording artist celebrates release of his PBS documentary, "Soft Hands," with an intimate film screening (6PM) and live concert event (8PM) in BLU debut!

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!

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival

Akron, OH
Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future, presented by Open Tone Music! Featuring a perfo... read more

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival

Akron, OH
Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future, presented by Open Tone Music! Featuring a perfo... read more

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival

Akron, OH
Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future, presented by Open Tone Music! Featuring perform... read more

Alex Schrock Trio

Akron, OH
Columbus-based jazz guitarist & composer returns to the Rubber City (home of his alma mater, The University of Akron) to debut the music of his latest album, "Punk Jazz!"

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

Justo Saborit & Latin Soul

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. Justo Saborit is a native of Havana, Cuba where he began his music studies. Justo has studied and performed various st...
Saturday, July 22 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

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

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. The artists of the Miloh Quartet have been performing together around the country & internationally for wel...
Friday, July 21 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"Salsa & Bachata Thursdays" Latin Dance Party

"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! BLU Jazz+ and Gala Events invite you to enjoy our new "Salsa & Bachata Thursd...
Thu, Jul 20 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Jul 21 2017 12:00 AM

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, July 19 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Maitri, bluelight

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! “Imagine David Bowie producing a show featuring Sam Cooke songs as played by the Dirty Projectors.” Transl...
Sunday, July 16 2017 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

Sharon Rae North

Sharon Rae North

Akron, OH
Enchanting chart-topping smooth jazz vocalist returns to her native Ohio for a not-to-miss evening at BLU! Sharon Rae North's star is on the rise.  'Lonely Nites' the latest single from her latest Smooth Jazz EP.  Sincerely Yours has been climbing charts nationwide, including the Billboard Smoot...
Saturday, July 15 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Tony Cuda's Jazz Cats

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! Formed in 2010 as a recording outlet for his jazzier, bluesier compositions, the Jazz Cats are fron...
Friday, July 14 2017 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, July 13 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, July 12 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Tony Monaco

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! Columbus, OH-based jazz organist, Tony Monaco, released his debut album, “Burnin Grooves,” in 2001 (produced by fellow jazz organist sensation, Joey DeFrancesco) and h...
Saturday, July 8 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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