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Joe Hunter (solo piano)

Akron, OH
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.

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).

Miles Davis Birthday Celebration: "Birth of the Cool"

Akron, OH
Join us as some of Northeast Ohio's top jazz musicians recreate the magic of the legendary 1957 Miles Davis album, "Birth of the Cool," in a special birthday tribute concert for the jazz icon! Featuring Jack Schantz, Tom L... 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.

Rob Hubbard Group

Akron, OH
Renowned Northeast Ohio drummer, producer & bandleader brings his new project to the Rubber City for a high-energy BLU debut!  Featuring Rob Hubbard, Howey Alexander, Russ G, Jareal Willis & special guest, "Sarah's Girl" S... read more

Will Wedmedyk Group: "Awakening" Album Release

Akron, OH
Talented vibraphonist & composer blends the genres of modern jazz, funk, rock & pop in an exciting full-band BLU debut! Featuring Will Wedmedyk, Chris Coles, Dan Bruce, Anthony Fuoco, Aidan Plank, Anthony Taddeo.

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

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.

Laurin Talese

Akron, OH
Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, sensational jazz vocalist & songwriter returns to her native NE Ohio for a not-to-miss BLU debut featuring a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert (8PM)!

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).

New Century Jazz Quintet

Akron, OH
Five of the best rising star musicians from New York City & Japan arrive in the Rubber City with their red-hot band inspired by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for a very special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert e... read more

Kris Allen

Akron, OH
Remarkable New England saxophonist, composer & educator (whose performance highlights include stints with Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson & Jimmy Greene) brings all-star lineup in BLU debut! Co-presented by the Bop Stop at... 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!

"Brazilian Dance Party" ft. Paulo Costa Trio

Akron, OH
Celebrate the music of Brazil as this sizzlin' group brings their energetic & danceable interpretations of bossa nova, samba, forró, baião & frevo to the BLU stage! Featuring Paulo Costa, Felipe Brito, Davi Lira.

"East Coast Meets West Coast" with Dave Banks Big Band

Akron, OH
The Rubber City's own wildly popular & hard-swingin' big band brings the flavors of the New York City & Los Angeles jazz scenes to Akron, featuring legendary Las Vegas saxophonist and renowned bandleader, Jimmy Mulidore!

"The Vegas Player": Jimmy Mulidore Quartet

Akron, OH
Legendary Las Vegas woodwind master & renowned bandleader, whose resume includes performances with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, & Louis Armstrong - brings the swagger of the Vegas Strip to Akron's Main & Market for an eve... 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).

Dan Wilson: "Balancing Act," Live at BLU Jazz+ Album Recording

Akron, OH
Join us as part of the live audience experience as national touring artist & master jazz guitarist, Akron's own - Dan Wilson, records his next album, "Balancing Act," LIVE at BLU with an all-star band! Featuring Sullivan F... read more

Maureen Choi Quartet: "Latin Jazz Made In Spain"

Akron, OH
Captivating violinist from Spain and an all-star cast bring exciting mix of traditional Spanish & Latin American pieces with a jazzy flair in special North American tour! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, ... 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!

Bone-Afide

Akron, OH
Fronted by a mighty 5-piece trombone section, this sensational group covers a wide range of styles in their high-energy show, including swing, Latin, funk & beyond!  Featuring Chris Anderson, Max Brady, Scott Marsh, Jim Re... read more

"Swing Dance Party" w/ Blue Lunch & Get Hep Swing

Akron, OH
Cleveland's venerable jump swingin' blues, gospel, and old-school R&B band returns to the Rubber City and joined by the renowned Get Hep Swing Dancers for a throwback-themed night of music & dance!

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

Shaun Martin

Shaun Martin

Akron, OH
Seven-time Grammy® award winning gospel & jazz pianist and producer, whose career includes collaborations with Kirk Franklin, Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, Chaka Kahn, Fred Hammond, God’s Property, Kim Burrell, and Yolanda Adams, makes a special BLU debut with his own exciting & high-energy project!...
Sunday, May 21 2017 6:00 PM 9:00 PM

Greg Abate

Greg Abate

Akron, OH
Prolific New England woodwind master swings back into BLU for a very special show in partnership with The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement!  Featuring Keigo Hirakawa, Michael Ode, Max Weiner. Jazz saxophonist, flutist, & composer, Greg Abate, continues as an international jazz recording artist w...
Saturday, May 20 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Bob Fraser / Teddy Pantelas Quartet

Bob Fraser / Teddy Pantelas Quartet

Akron, OH
Longtime collaborators & Northeast Ohio jazz masters team up to present a not-to-miss guitar summit at BLU! Featuring Bob Fraser, Teddy Pantelas, Aidan Plank, Dustin May. Robert Fraser is a jazz legend among Cleveland area guitarists. His resume boasts a wide array of performance highlights, inc...
Friday, May 19 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Jackson High School

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Jackson High School

Akron, OH
Join us at BLU Jazz+ as we feature our area's top high school & collegiate jazz programs in a special concert series! This showcase will include performances by the talented groups from Jackson High School under the direction of Sean Monigold! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, o...
Thursday, May 18 2017 7:00 PM 10:00 PM

Gerald Clayton Trio: "Tributary Tales" Album Release

Gerald Clayton Trio: "Tributary Tales" Album Release

Akron, OH
BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation & Yamaha present four-time Grammy® nominated pianist, recording artist & composer back to BLU in celebration of his all-new album, "Tributary Tales," with a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert event (8PM)! Featuring Kendrick Scott, Joe Sanders. Gerald Cla...
Wednesday, May 17 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Walter Beasley

Walter Beasley

Akron, OH
Legendary contemporary jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping recording artist blazes back into the Rubber City in support of his popular new album, "Blackstreams" (Affable Records), for two unforgettable nights at BLU Jazz+! Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artf...
Saturday, May 13 2017 7:00 PM 10:45 PM

Walter Beasley

Walter Beasley

Akron, OH
Legendary contemporary jazz saxophonist & Billboard chart-topping recording artist blazes back into the Rubber City in support of his popular new album, "Blackstreams" (Affable Records), for two unforgettable nights at BLU Jazz+! Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artf...
Friday, May 12 2017 7:00 PM 10:45 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, May 11 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

Glenn Zaleski (solo piano)

Glenn Zaleski (solo piano)

Akron, OH
Join us as we feature NYC pianist extraordinaire, Glenn Zaleski, for a very special edition of our Solo Piano Wednesday series! Enjoy dinner, cocktails & some midweek swingin' jazz from the big city! Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally ...
Wednesday, May 10 2017 7:00 PM 11:00 PM

Dara Tucker

Dara Tucker

Akron, OH
Nashville vocalist sensation brings the music of her all-new 4th studio project, "Oklahoma Rain," on Watchman Music - a sultry blend of classic & contemporary jazz, in BLU debut! From opening for Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter to making her debut national appearance as a guest on t...
Saturday, May 6 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
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