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Ernie Krivda & Company: "The Music From Club Swing"

Akron, OH
Jazz meets theater as North Coast tenor saxophone legend and his 8-piece revue perform compositions from his new jazz musical! Featuring Ernie Krivda, Joe Hunter, Brent Hamker, Bill Nichols, Ricky Exton, Erin Keckan, Micha... read more

Michelle Lordi ft. Orrin Evans

Akron, OH
Captivating jazz vocalist & Philadelphia native brings the varied repertoire of American Songbook classics and modern pop hits from her latest album, "Drive," to the BLU stage with special guest pianist, the sensational Or... 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!

Hubb's Groove: "Tribute to Natalie Cole"

Akron, OH
Renowned Northeast Ohio smooth & soul jazz sensation returns to the Rubber City for a special night in honor of the late R&B and jazz legend, Natalie Cole! Featuring special guest vocalists, Stacy "Sarah's Girl" Crawford &... read more

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.

Helen Welch: "A Little Brit of Everything"

Akron, OH
Sensational British vocalist & entertainer brings her fabulous trio back to BLU with stories & songs from throughout her career in this not-to-miss show! Featuring Helen Welch, Joe Leaman, Bryan Thomas, Anthony Taddeo.

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).

Charita Franks: "Feeling Good"

Akron, OH
Dazzling vocalist and her high-energy band bring the sounds of motown, R&B, jazz and soul to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring Charita Franks, Joe Leaman, Chris Conway, Jesse Marquardt.

"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.

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!

Barbara Rosene

Akron, OH
New York City vocal sensation returns for her annual December appearance at BLU for a swingin' evening of Great American Songbook standards, holiday classics, and much more! Featuring Barbara Rosene & Tom Roberts.

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

Forecast

Akron, OH
After a sold-out summer BLU debut, contemporary jazz sensation from Cleveland brings funk, rock, reggae & pop back to the BLU stage! Featuring Lem Adams, Riley Richard, Alphonso McDuffie, Gary Stevenson, Gene Butler.

Nick Paparone Sextet

Akron, OH
Up-and-coming jazz guitarist fronts heavy-hitting band of jazz all-stars in return to BLU! Featuring Nick Paparone, Fred Davis, Jack Schantz, Rock Wehrmann, Jordan McBride, Mark Gonder.

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).

Salsa Party w/ 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, ... read more

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!

Marcus Johnson's "Holiday Jam"

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 special smooth jazz holiday show! Featuring Rob Hubbard, Johnathan Jones,... 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!

"Salsa & Bachata Thursdays" Latin Dance Party

Akron, OH
Join us for our new "3rd Thursdays" Latin Dance Party 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 w... read more

Anna & the Consequences

Akron, OH
Join us as we celebrate jazzy torch blues with a cabaret-style twist in this red hot band's return to BLU! Featuring Anna Paolucci, Rob Sobnosky, Jim Rupp.

Vanessa Rubin w/ Larry Willis Trio

Akron, OH
New York City vocalist extraordinaire celebrates the holidays in a one-night-only return to BLU Jazz+ featuring the inimitable pianist, Larry Willis, and his all-star band!

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!

The Cabaret Project: "A 21st Century Theatrical Revue"

Akron, OH
Presented by Singers Companye, producer Alexandre Marr brings The Cabaret Project to BLU for a showcase of 21st century Broadway/Off-Broadway repertoire, including selections from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakeni... read more

New Year's Eve Celebration w/ Theron Brown (Early Bird Show)

Akron, OH
Join us as fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band ring in the New Year -AND- his 31st birthday at BLU! Featuring Chris Coles, Tommy Lehman, Dan Wilson, Jordan McBride, Zaire Darden.

New Year's Eve Celebration w/ Theron Brown ("'Round Midnight" Show)

Akron, OH
Join us as fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band ring in the New Year -AND- his 31st birthday at BLU, featuring Chris Coles, Tommy Lehman, Dan Wilson, Jordan McBride & Zaire Darden! Tickets includ... read more

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!

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

Kandace Springs

Kandace Springs

Akron, OH
Vibrant Nashville jazz & soul vocalist/pianist and Blue Note recording artist brings her remarkably fresh & sparkling sound to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and ...
Friday, November 17 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" Latin Dance Party 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 & Bac...
Thu, Nov 16 2017 9:00 PM Fri, Nov 17 2017 12:00 AM

Joe Leaman

Joe Leaman

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday! Joe Leaman is an in demand pianist, percussionist and instructor in the Northeast Ohio region. He has been seen with local artists Jack Schantz, Helen Welch, Dave Morgan, and has per...
Wednesday, November 15 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Puerto Rico Benefit Concert & Jam for UNICEF

Puerto Rico Benefit Concert & Jam for UNICEF

Akron, OH
BLU Jazz+ teams up with some of the best & big-hearted jazz talent in NE Ohio for a very special show & jam session to raise money for UNICEF to assist the children of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Featuring Bobby Selvaggio, Chris Coles, Theron Brown, special guest trumpet sensation, Dominick Fa...
Tuesday, November 14 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Manuel Valera (Masterclass & Concert)

Manuel Valera (Masterclass & Concert)

Akron, OH
Grammy® nominated Cuban pianist & composer (Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch) brings his own high-energy modern jazz trio to BLU by way of New York City to conclude his two-night residency with a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) before the show! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass...
Saturday, November 11 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Manuel Valera

Manuel Valera

Akron, OH
Grammy® nominated Cuban pianist & composer (Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch) brings his own high-energy modern jazz trio to BLU by way of New York City for a special two-night residency! Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born a...
Friday, November 10 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: “Vanessa Rubin Sings!”

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 special concert series with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra! For 32 years, The Cle...
Thursday, November 9 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Joe Hunter

Joe Hunter

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday! A first-call pianist for many local, national, and international acts, Joe Hunter has established himself as one of the cornerstones of the Cleveland & Columbus jazz circuits. Joe Hu...
Wednesday, November 8 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Bob Baldwin: “30 Year Artist Anniversary"

Bob Baldwin: “30 Year Artist Anniversary"

Akron, OH
Billboard chart-topping pianist, producer & recording artist celebrates his thirty year professional career with an all-star band in BLU debut! Featuring Bob Baldwin, John C. Hall Jr., Poogie Bell. Across a career for which a two decade milestone was achieved in 2013 with his twentieth CD Twenty...
Saturday, November 4 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Ahi-Nama Quintet

Ahi-Nama Quintet

Akron, OH
The Rubber City's own salsa, timba, and Latin jazz sensation brings the quintet version of their high-energy show back to BLU!  Featuring Alex Hoyt, Tim Coyne, Matthew DeRubertis, Clay Chabola & Dan Kshywonis. Ahi-Nama was started by Alex Hoyt (pianist, arranger, and band leader). Alex grew up i...
Friday, November 3 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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