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Julian Vaughn

Akron, OH
Billboard chart-topping bassist, producer & contemporary jazz recording artist grooves his way from Kansas City to the Rubber City for a very special one-night-only BLU debut!

Ernie Krivda (ft. Brent Hamker, Roger Hines, Jim Rupp)

Akron, OH
North Coast tenor saxophone legend returns to BLU for a hard-swingin' outing of blues, bop & ballads with his Cleveland meets Columbus connection! Featuring Ernie Krivda, Brent Hamker, Roger Hines, Jim Rupp.

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter... read more

Joe Hunter

Akron, OH
Our 1st & 3rd Wednesdays solo piano series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio! Join us for dinner, drinks & premier live jazz as we celebrate the standards & classics in our award-winning undergrou... read more

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.

Urban Jazz Coalition

Akron, OH
Continuum Music Group recording artists & top contemporary jazz group from Columbus (whom have performed with the likes of Peter White, Nick Colionne, Jeff Lorber, Paul Taylor & Chuck Loeb) bring their high-energy show to ... read more

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter... read more

Bobby Selvaggio ft. Anthony Taddeo

Akron, OH
Our 2nd and 4th Wednesdays "Local Artist Spotlight" series continues as acclaimed alto saxophonist & composer, Bobby Selvaggio, returns to BLU with his self-titled segment, "A Tune & Conversation with Friends," featuring s... 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).

Charita Franks

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

Cowboys & Frenchmen: "Bluer Than You Think"

Akron, OH
Sensational chart-topping New York City jazz quintet brings the "intriguing, innovative and sublime" music of their acclaimed 2017 release, "Bluer Than You Think," to the Rubber City for a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) a... read more

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter... read more

Joe Hunter

Akron, OH
Our 1st & 3rd Wednesdays solo piano series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio! Join us for dinner, drinks & premier live jazz as we celebrate the standards & classics in our award-winning undergrou... read more

Chris Hovan Organic Trio

Akron, OH
Tapping into the current Hammond organ revival, join us as this exciting trio brings swing & soulful energy in BLU debut! Featuring Chris Hovan, Bob Niederriter, Robert Mason.

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: "The Holidays with Helen!" ft. Helen Welch

Akron, OH
Sleigh bells will be ringin' & swingin' as premier Northeast Ohio jazz ensemble returns for a very special holiday show featuring dynamic & entertaining vocalist, Helen Welch! Bring the whole family & celebrate the season ... read more

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter... read more

Dave Banks Big Band: "Ol' BLU Eyes" Birthday Bash

Akron, OH
After a string of sold-out appearances at BLU Jazz+, Akron's wildly popular big band returns for a swingin' birthday show celebrating legendary entertainer, Frank Sinatra! Featuring special guest Michael Sonata.

Barbara Rosene

Akron, OH
New York City vocal sensation returns to BLU with an all-star band for a swingin' evening of Great American Songbook standards & holiday favorites! Featuring Rock Wehrman, Bryan Thomas, Nick Paparone, Tommy Lehman, Zaire D... read more

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter... 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!

Jazz Heritage Orchestra: "A Swingin' Christmas" ft. Evelyn Wright

Akron, OH
Premiere big band makes their Rubber City return with a swingin' & spirited holiday show! Featuring lead trumpeter & artistic director, Dennis Reynolds, and special guest vocalist, Evelyn Wright!
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Past Events

"Salsa & Bachata Thursdays" Latin Dance Party

"Salsa & Bachata Thursdays" Latin Dance Party

Akron, OH
Join us for the return of our "3rd Thursdays" Latin Dance Party series at BLU as host DJ Yama spins some red-hot salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha & more to make you move!  Dance lesson starts at 8PM (all levels welcome) and the music starts at 9PM - come party with us! BLU Jazz+ and DJ Yama inv...
Thu, Nov 15 2018 8:00 PM Fri, Nov 16 2018 12:00 AM

Tommy Lehman

Tommy Lehman

Akron, OH
Our 2nd and 4th Wednesdays "Local Artist Spotlight" series continues as the Akron-native trumpeter and Hartt School of Music graduate returns to BLU with a special guest! Trumpeter Tommy Lehman is a native of Akron and graduate of Firestone High School. He has been playing professionally in the ...
Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter at BLU! This week's “BLU-esday Tuesday” Blues Jam band carries 60+ years ...
Tuesday, November 13 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 with his high-energy New Orleans jazz inspired lineup for an evening of stompin' & swingin'! Featuring Eric Seddon, Kevin Richards, Gene Epstein & Bill Fuller. Eric Seddon’s Hot Club is a band in the New Orleans jazz tradition, emphasizing soul,...
Saturday, November 10 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Joe Policastro Trio

Joe Policastro Trio

Akron, OH
Hailed by Downbeat Magazine for their "layered blend of the familiar and faintly far out," join us as this acclaimed Chicago-based alternative jazz trio makes their BLU debut! Featuring Joe Policastro, Dave Miller, Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the Joe Policastro Trio’s open-minded, ...
Friday, November 9 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Phillip K. Jones II

Phillip K. Jones II

Akron, OH
Soulfully swingin' pianist/composer and Northeast Ohio native returns home by way of Texas for one-night-only in the Rubber City with an all-star band! Featuring Phillip K. Jones II, Dan Wilson, Clifford Barnes, Eric D. Byous. Talented multi-instrumentalist and Cleveland native, Phillip K. Jones...
Thursday, November 8 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Cliff Habian

Cliff Habian

Akron, OH
Acclaimed NE Ohio jazz pianist and author of Jamey Aebersold Jazz "Jazz Piano Essentials" returns for a very special evening of solo piano at BLU! Pianist sensation, Cliff Habian, has worked with the likes of jazz luminaries Joe Lovano, Freddie Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom, Bobby Vinton, a...
Wednesday, November 7 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

"BLU-esday Tuesday" Blues Jam

Akron, OH
Join us as we continue our Tuesday night blues jam session tradition, hosted by NE Ohio all-star blues musicians John Markovic, Ryan Neuman, & Erik Diaz! Bring your horn & wail the blues as part of this new musical chapter at BLU! This week's “BLU-esday Tuesday” Blues Jam band carries 60+ years ...
Tuesday, November 6 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Allan Harris: "The Genius of Eddie Jefferson"

Allan Harris: "The Genius of Eddie Jefferson"

Akron, OH
Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist & guitarist sensation brings his award-winning brandy baritone voice & all-star band from New York City for a big Rubber City return to BLU! Featuring Allan Harris, Arcoiris Sandova, Nimrod Speaks, Shirazette Tinnin. The outstanding and internationally renown...
Sunday, November 4 2018 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Sam Blakeslee Large Group: "Live at BLU Jazz+" Album Release Party

Sam Blakeslee Large Group: "Live at BLU Jazz+" Album Release Party

Akron, OH
Dynamic NYC trombonist & composer returns to BLU Jazz+ for a special homecoming show & celebration of his all-new live album, "Live at BLU Jazz+!" Featuring Sam Blakeslee, Bobby Selvaggio, Tony Spicer, Chris Coles, Johnny Cochran, Tom Reed, Scott McKee, Tommy Lehman, Theresa May, Jack Schantz, Ca...
Saturday, November 3 2018 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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