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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.

Joey DeFrancesco

Akron, OH
Three-time Grammy® nominated master jazz organist, trumpeter & vocalist, swings back into the Rubber City for a special masterclass (5PM, free) & concert event (7PM, 9:30PM)! Featuring Joey DeFrancesco, Dan Wilson, Jason B... 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!

John Raymond & "Real Feels" Live Album CD Release Party

Akron, OH
New York City based trumpet virtuoso returns to the Rubber City to celebrate his latest album, "Real Feels" Live Volume 1 (recorded right here at BLU) with a masterclass (6PM, free) & concert event (8PM)! Featuring John Ra... read more

Gabriel Alegría's Afro-Peruvian Sextet

Akron, OH
One of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú, trumpeter Gabriel Alegría brings his internationally-acclaimed red hot group to the Rubber City in their BLU debut!  Featuring Gabriel Alegria, Laura A... read more

JD Allen Trio Birthday Bash

Akron, OH
On the heels of his critically acclaimed release, "Americana," NYC tenor titan returns to BLU Jazz+ for a very special birthday concert celebration!

Rudy Royston Trio

Akron, OH
Master NYC-based drummer (Bill Frisell, Les McCann, Dave Douglas, Jason Moran, John Patitucci) returns to BLU to lead his own all-star group! Featuring Jon Irabagon, Thomson Kneeland.

Teddy Pantelas Trio

Akron, OH
Jazz guitar virtuoso & composer returns to BLU for an evening of top-notch instrumental jazz!

Tony Monaco Trio ft. Dan Wilson

Akron, OH
Internationally-acclaimed Hammond B-3 organist returns to the Rubber City to team up with Akron's own, guitarist Dan Wilson, for a night of burnin', hard-swingin' organ trio jazz! With Tony Monaco, Dan Wilson, Dave Throckm... read more

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!

Dave Banks Big Band Holiday Show

Akron, OH
Akron's wildly popular big band returns to BLU after a string of sold-out performances this season for a swingin' holiday concert event not to be missed!

Fred Hughes Trio: "I'll Be Home For Christmas"

Akron, OH
Pour the spiced eggnog & turn down the lights as this hard-swingin' trio from Washington, D.C. puts you in the holiday spirit with all the Christmas classics! Featuring Fred Hughes, Amy Shook, Frank Russo.

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!

Joe Hunter Trio w/ Evelyn Wright

Akron, OH
Join us for a hard-swingin' evening of Great American Songbook & holiday classics with one of NE Ohio's premier jazz trios, fronted by vocal sensation, Evelyn Wright!

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!"

Pat Harris

Akron, OH
Renowned vocalist makes a swingin' return to BLU with her premier jazz group!

New Year's Eve Celebration w/ Hot Djang! (Early Bird Show)

Akron, OH
BLU will shine red with the bright lights of Paris' "Moulin Rouge" as we ring in 2017 with the French flavored early swing & gypsy jazz sounds of Hot Djang!

New Year's Eve Celebration w/ Hot Djang! ("'Round Midnight" Show)

Akron, OH
BLU will shine red with the bright lights of Paris' "Moulin Rouge" as we ring in 2017 with the French flavored early swing & gypsy jazz sounds of Hot Djang! Tickets include admission to show, heavy hors d'oeuvres, butlered... read more

Dorian Wallace: "We Can Make Tunnels"

Akron, OH
New York City pianist/composer & Ohio native returns home to debut all-new show in dynamic solo piano setting for an intimate night of improvisation & new works!

Joe Leaman (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday. Join us at 6PM as we open our doors, with live music starting at 7PM (no cover)!

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ the Sam Blakeslee Large Group ft. Dan Wilson

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 special guest artist - guitar virtuoso, D... read more

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!

Lucas Kadish Tundra 4tet

Akron, OH
New York City guitarist wunderkind & Ohio native makes a winter return to the Rubber City as part of his Midwest Tour featuring some exciting all-new music! Featuring Lucas Kadish, Theo Walentiny, Nick Dunston, Connor Parks.

Jackie Warren (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday!

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).

Erin McDougald: "The Flapper Girl Sings"

Akron, OH
Hailed as "one of the best voices in jazz today" by DownBeat Magazine jazz critic, Howard Mandel (NYC), the Chicago jazz vocalist returns to her home state of Ohio for one night only BLU debut featuring an all-star band!

Katie Thiroux

Akron, OH
Extraordinary Los Angeles based bassist/vocalist multitalent and stewardess of the hard-swingin' mainstream jazz tradition brings all-star quartet to BLU for masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert (8PM)! Featuring Ken Peplows... read more

Moss Stanley (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday!

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).
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Past Events

Jamie Baum & Short Stories

Jamie Baum & Short Stories

Akron, OH
Renowned flutist extraordinaire & 2016 DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll finalist arrive in Akron for a very special masterclass (6PM, free) & concert event (8PM) with all-star quintet! Featuring Jamie Baum, Nir Felder, Andy Milne, Matt Clohesy, Jeff Hirshfield. Presented by Altus Flutes & BLU Jazz+...
Friday, December 2 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ Sam Blakeslee Quintet

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ Sam Blakeslee Quintet

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF), join us for a special edition of our "first Thursdays" big band artist-in-residence series led by trombonist/composer, Sam Blakeslee, and his all-star NYC quintet! Featuring Sam Blakeslee, Brandon Coleman, Jorn Swart, Dan Pappalardo, Dan P...
Thursday, December 1 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Philip Anderson (solo piano)

Philip Anderson (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area from 7PM-11PM every Wednesday! Join Philip Anderson as he brings forth his favorite songs in a special solo-piano setting at BLU Jazz+. Playing repertoire from the great american song book, some less...
Wednesday, November 30 2016 7:00 PM 11:00 PM

Josh Rzepka

Josh Rzepka

Akron, OH
Midwest trumpet sensation and Akron native returns home by way of Chicago for a swingin' one-night-only post-Thanksgiving concert event! Featuring Theron Brown, Lucas Kadish, Mike Forfia, Zaire Darden. Join us for a special evening as we welcome jazz trumpeter Josh Rzepka back to the BLU Jazz+ s...
Saturday, November 26 2016 7:00 PM 10:45 PM

Moustache Yourself

Moustache Yourself

Akron, OH
Local gypsy jazz quartet brings a taste of France to the Rubber City in their return to BLU! Featuring Jeremy Jones, Brent Hamker, Brad Wagner, Matthew DeRubertis. Moustache Yourself is an gypsy quartet based in Akron, Ohio. Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing, hot club jazz, or by the French ...
Friday, November 25 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Thanksgiving Eve Jazz Jam w/ Dan Wilson & Friends

Thanksgiving Eve Jazz Jam w/ Dan Wilson & Friends

Akron, OH
Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making as fan-favorite guitarist, Dan Wilson, leads a special Wednesday night edition of our jam session! Featuring Theron Brown, Jeff Grubbs, James Johnson. Akron’s own, guitarist Dan Wilson, is one of the biggest names on the jazz...
Wednesday, November 23 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Elan Trotman

Elan Trotman

Akron, OH
Following a sold-out Rubber City appearance in January, 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! Saxophonist Elan Trotman, quickly becoming one ...
Saturday, November 19 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Chris Greene Quartet

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 (5PM) & concert event (8PM)! Featuring Chris Greene, Damian Espinosa, Marc ...
Friday, November 18 2016 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Kent State University

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Kent State University

Akron, OH
Join us as we kick off a new season of our Student All-Stars Concert Series, featuring Northeast Ohio's top high school & collegiate jazz programs in concert at BLU! Presented by BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation. Our exciting annual Student All-Stars Concert Series returns with performances by s...
Thursday, November 17 2016 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

Moss Stanley (solo piano)

Moss Stanley (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday! Moss Stanley, born and raised outside of London, England discovered at a young age, his musical talents. It was when his older sister began struggling through piano lessons that Moss...
Wednesday, November 16 2016 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
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