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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

Possibilities

Akron, OH
Oberlin Conservatory alumni and jazz recording artists bring the music from their acclaimed new album, "Get 'Em," to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring Tim Bennett, Peter Manheim, Dan Stein.

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!"

Tia Brazda

Akron, OH
Deeply influenced by vintage jazz & blues artists as well as modern-day sounds, Canadian chart-topping songstress brings fresh, danceable "swingin' jazz & blue collar blues" in her return to the Rubber City!

FunkyardX

Akron, OH
Where funk, pop, rock, jazz and gospel all grace the same stage, The Funkyard Experiment - or "FunkyardX" - bring their soul-laced & groove-heavy sound back to BLU! Featuring Steve Johnson, Leon Turner, Larry Galloway, Jer... read more

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown

Akron, OH
Hailed as a "sax phenom" by the New York Daily and member of the multi Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, international woodwind virtuoso makes his BLU debut in a special Sunday show!

Phil DeGreg

Akron, OH
Master pianist & renowned jazz educator makes his solo piano debut at BLU Jazz+ by way of Cincinnati for a very special midweek show!

East-Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band: "Going (Back) to Kansas City"

Akron, OH
Take a trip to mid-1930's Kansas City as we hark back to the origins of bluesy, toe-tappin' midwestern swing with the music of Count Basie, Jay McShann, Tadd Dameron and Harlan Leonard & His Rockets!

Charles Walker Band

Akron, OH
Neo-funk, R&B, and soul are infused into a high-energy pop & gospel dance band led by saxophonist Charles Walker & vocalist Porsche Carmon in groovy Rubber City return!

"Friends: The Music of Chick Corea" ft. FLIPPO

Akron, OH
Sensational all-star group from Columbus brings the music from iconic keyboardist, Chick Corea, and his Grammy-winning 1978 album, "Friends," in their to the Rubber City! Featuring Michael Cox, Erik Augis, Andy Woodson, Lo... read more

Dave Banks Big Band: "Swingin' with Sinatra"

Akron, OH
After a string of sold-out appearances at BLU Jazz+, Akron's wildly popular Dave Banks Big Band returns featuring special guest vocalists Michael Sonata & Sandra Emerick with a swingin' early evening concert showcasing the... read more

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).

Adam Hawley & Phil Denny

Akron, OH
Billboard #1 chart-topping hit maker & smooth jazz guitarist sensation teams up with international R&B soul jazz saxophonist for a very special BLU debut, one night only!

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!

James Lloyd

Akron, OH
Billboard chart-topping keyboardist, recording artist, and co-founder of legendary group, "Pieces of a Dream," brings an exciting new project to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring James Lloyd, West Byrd, John C. Hall ... read more

Matthew Stevens: "Preverbal" Album Release

Akron, OH
On the heels of a busy 2016 after playing an integral role as sideman on wildly successful releases by Esperanza Spalding & Christian Scott, virtuoso guitarist makes BLU debut with a masterclass (6PM, FREE) & concert event... 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!

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).

Elan Trotman

Akron, OH
Barbados native award-winning smooth jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping recording artist blends Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures in a roarin' return to BLU!

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

Late Night Jazz Jam w/ Tommy Lehman

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!  The Late Night Jazz Jam is for musicians and music lovers alike, and will begin right after the Dred Scott Trio show! Come hang, have a drink (if you're of age), and experience this ...
Fri, Aug 18 2017 11:00 PM Sat, Aug 19 2017 1:00 AM

Dred Scott Trio

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 & extroverted jazz! Featuring Ben Rubin, Diego Voglin.  With his seventh a...
Friday, August 18 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, Aug 17 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Aug 18 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, August 16 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Ernie Krivda & the Fat Tuesday Big Band: "Tribute to the Boss Tenors"

Ernie Krivda & the Fat Tuesday Big Band: "Tribute to the Boss Tenors"

Akron, OH
Legendary tenor saxophonist and his 18-piece powerhouse pay homage to soulful tenor sax masters Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Gene Ammons, Illinois Jacquet, Stanley Turrentine and Ike Quebec, featuring the vocal stylings of Mike Cady & Evelyn Wright! Whether in concert or playing swinging dance music, ...
Sunday, August 13 2017 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

Lucas Kadish

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, Bobby Selvaggio, Max Weiner, Michael Ode. 21-year-young jazz guitarist, Lucas Kadish, was born and raised in Northea...
Saturday, August 12 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Goran Ivanovic

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. One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a care...
Friday, August 11 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, August 10 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, August 9 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Marcus Johnson

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! An independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist, Marcus ...
Saturday, August 5 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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