BLU Jazz+

Akron's new premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits.

Akron's new premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits.

FIVE YEARS AGO we shared a “first look” at the construction of our beloved BLU Jazz+!

Since then, we’ve welcomed SO many world-class artists, served up some delicious food & drinks, and have met some amazing people along the way.

Looking forward to another five years and MANY MORE! 💙 #morethanacolor #attitudeofgratitude #blujazzakron #akronjazz #akronohio #akronoh #akron

First look! Construction on the club is in "full swing." Framed out and moving to drywall. Here's a partial view of the room as seen from on stage. More updates to follow so make sure you "like" our page to stay tuned!

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Miles Okazaki's Trickster - BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation

NEXT FRIDAY (4/5) – Miles Okazaki's Trickster (Masterclass & Concert) at BLU Jazz+!

Critically acclaimed New York City guitarist & Miles Okazaki, brings the music of his all-original Pi Recordings album, Trickster (2017), to the Rubber City for a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert event (8PM) featuring Miles Okazaki, Matt Mitchell, Anthony Tidd, Sean Rickman.

Okazaki has worked with a variety of artists including Kenny Barron, Steve Coleman, Jonathan Finlayson, Amir El Saffar, Adam Rudolph, Dan Weiss, Aka Moon, Linda Oh, Darcy James Argue, Jane Monheit, Vijay Iyer, Francois Moutin, Doug Hammond, Carl Allen, Ohad Talmor, Mary Halvorson, John Zorn, Jen Shyu, Mark Giuliana, Patrick Cornelius, Rajna Swaminathan, Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Tony Moreno, Ben Wendel, Donny McCaslin, and many others.

MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW to join us for this very special evening of premier live jazz! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation & BOP STOP at The Music Settlement. • $20 ($10 student w/ ID at door)

blujazzmasterclass.org Critically acclaimed NYC guitarist & composer makes Rubber City debut with special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert event (8PM)!

Huntertones

GROOVING OUT on this awesome Sunday morning to this cut from Huntertones in anticipation of their return to BLU Jazz+ on SATURDAY (4/6)!

The fan-favorite, horn-driven Brooklyn soul / jazz / hip-hop phenomenon returns to the Rubber City for TWO high-energy Saturday shows in the BLU Zone, featuring Dan White, Jon Lampley, Chris Ott, Adam DeAscentis, John Hubbell, Josh Hill, Theron Brown.

TICKETS FOR BOTH SHOWS (7:30PM & 9:30PM) are moving FAST – get yours TODAY! #huntertones #akronjazz #akronohio #akronoh #akron #blujazz #morethanacolor #attitudeofgratitude

This one's about climbing an active volcano to 15,000 feet and a ride through the mountains of Ecuador in a taxi with a busted transmission... it's called "Clutch" 🚕

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SPRING is almost here and we're cruising toward 8,000 LIKES on our BLU Jazz+ page! 🌷☀️🎶

We'd LOVE your help to get us there. Please TAG A FRIEND in the comments below to let them know how much we'd appreciate their "thumbs up" by liking our page. 👍

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SOON at Ohio's premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits – BLU Jazz+!

Akron's new premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits.

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Trickster, by Miles Okazaki

LISTEN: getting our Sunday morning on by jamming out to Miles Okazaki's Trickster album and gearing up for Miles Okazaki's Trickster (Masterclass & Concert) at BLU Jazz+ on FRIDAY (4/4)!

“We constantly distinguish – right and wrong, sacred and profane, clean and dirty, male and female,
young and old, living and dead – and in every case Trickster will cross the line and confuse the
distinction.”
– Lewis Hyde, Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art

DON'T MISS this awesome opportunity to experience this critically-acclaimed group in their BLU Jazz+ debut with a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert (8PM), get your tickets now! Featuring Miles Okazaki, Matt Mitchell, Anthony Tidd, Sean Rickman. Co-presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation and the BOP STOP at The Music Settlement.

GET TICKETS:
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9 track album

Fish & Chips & New England Clam Chowder available at BLU Jazz during Lent (3/6 - 4/16)
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Bobby Selvaggio's Hendectet Jazz Collective Live at Blu Jazz+

Bobby Selvaggio brings his swinging Hendectet Jazz Collective back to BLU! Thats 11 musicians, folks! Come on down and get treated to some of the best food and entertainment NE Ohio has to offer!

Eric Sedden's Hot Club

Come beat the cold with our Mardi Gras party here at BLU Jazz+! Led by clarinetist Eric Seddon, this quintet is always an area favorite for bringing the New Orleans heat!

SPECIAL DELIVERY from our friends Huntertones! They’ve got an #attitudeofgratitude as they return for TWO big shows on SATURDAY (4/6)! Tickets are already moving quickly for these shows, so GET YOURS NOW while we’ve still got ‘em! #blujazzakron #morethanacolor #akron #akronoh #akronohio #akronjazz #huntertones

TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY, 2/20)! Northeast Ohio’s “First Lady of Jazz,” Jackie Warren joins us at 8PM to swing (and salsa-fy) the standards and classics at the piano while you enjoy dinner & drinks in our award-winning underground speakeasy! Tell a friend, bring a friend, and treat yourself to an amazing night right here at BLU! #akronjazz #akronohio #akronoh #akron #livejazz #solopiano #piano #jackiewarren

Getting things moving here at our Tuesday Bluesday Jam Session! Come on out and try out your chops!

TOMORROW (TUESDAY, 2/19) — it’s time to wail the blues once again during our popular weekly BLU-esday Tuesday Blues Jam! Come one, come all as our Tuesday house band featuring John Markovic, Ryan Neuman & Erik Diaz lay down the deep roots sounds to feed your soul! NO COVER, live music starts at 8PM! (📷: LSquaredPhotos)

Sounds sweeter than HONEY down here tonight with the ever-soulful Wesley Bright & The Honeytones as they dazzle us for TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS here at BLU for “One Last Time!” (📷: Cindy Nichols) 🍯 🐝 🎶

WOW! A big thanks to the legendary Joey DeFrancesco - Fan Page, his amazing trio of hometown heroes ft. Dan Wilson & Michael Ode, and the FULL HOUSE of fans who showed up and showed OUT last night! NE Ohio, if you missed it, you’ve got one more shot to catch them at BOP STOP at The Music Settlement in CLE tonight!

We’re gearing up for another big night in the BLU Zone TONIGHT as Wesley Bright & The Honeytones return for TWO SOLD OUT shows in their fourth annual Valentine’s celebration! (📷: Anthony Newcomb)

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A Reunion Of Brotherly Love: Joey DeFrancesco Traces His Roots

LISTEN: We are digging this WBGO Jazz 88.3 Jazz Night In America Interview, "A Reunion Of Brotherly Love: Joey DeFrancesco Traces His Roots" with Joey DeFrancesco - Fan Page, and his longtime friend, fellow jazz star (and Philadelphian), Christian McBride!

CLICK BELOW to listen to the interview and then GET YOUR TICKETS to hear the four-time Grammy® nominated master jazz organist, trumpeter & vocalist, return to the Rubber City THIS FRIDAY (2/8) right here at BLU Jazz+! • blujazz.co/2Iag163

npr.org Christian McBride interviews one of his oldest friends, organist Joey DeFrancesco, in their hometown of Philadelphia.

SPOILER ALERT! The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has announced the setlist for their special Valentine’s Weekend show on SATURDAY (2/16) featuring international trombonist sensation Jiggs Whigham and beloved vocalist Evelyn Wright!

What a special night this will be — TAKE A LOOK and GET YOUR TICKETS now! 👀 ♥️ 🎶

Only 2 weeks until we do our "Cupid in the CLE" shows w/ Jiggs Whigham and Evelyn Wright. Here's the program, with some new pieces from Paul Ferguson, Aidan Plank and Brad Wagner. This is easily one of the coolest parts about going to a Cleveland Jazz Orchestra concert. Whereas most big bands have a standard canon of tunes, you can be certain that you're going to hear original arrangements and compositions tailored specifically for our excellent ensemble. Come join us!:
2/15: Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square
2/16: BLU Jazz+ (we always sell out-get these early!)
Go to clevelandjazz.org for tickets and information.

DANIEL SPEARMAN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Multi-instrumentalist and arranger Daniel Spearman is back with his top-notch band for another great set!

DANIEL SPEARMAN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Daniel Spearman & Friends take the stage in their BLU Jazz+ debut featuring Jake Ford, Max Weiner & Zaire Darden!

[01/31/19]   Hey Akron friends!! As you know, it's freezing cold outside and the perfect night to stay in and keep warm. Due to extreme weather conditions and cold, Blu Jazz and Blu Plate are closed tonight, Wednesday January 30th. We are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience and please come see us soon for delicious food and drinks and world class music! Stay warm out there!

HUBBS GROOVE - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Our 3rd annual MLK Celebration featuring renowned smooth & soul jazz group, HUBBS GROOVE, is underway with the music of Phyllis Hyman and Angela Bofill! Featuring Roger Maple, Jonathan Jones, George Granville, Robert Hubbard Jr. and special guest vocalist, Arielle Green.

Feeling an #attitudeofgratitude as we read through some new #SmallThanks reviews from our patrons on Google! This is why we do what we do, and we thank YOU for supporting local live jazz & small business! #akronohio #akronoh #akron #akronjazz #morethanacolor

ERIC SEDDEN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

The late set with Eric Seddon's Hot Club and a full house at BLU Jazz+!

ERIC SEDDEN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Eric Seddon's Hot Club doing their thing in the Rubber City! 🎶

ERIC SEDDEN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Eric Seddon's Hot Club laying it down, New Orleans style — come join us in the fun!

THERON BROWN'S THURSDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

The BLU Jazz+ Jam in full effect!

HARRY BACHARACH - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

“SAY IT ISN’T SNOW!” ❄️❄️❄️

Cleveland's "King of Cool" and the "Baby Daddy of Heavy Easy Listening," Harry Bacharach, braves the elements to bring his premier blend of jazz, blues, folk & funk back to BLU Jazz+ featuring Dave Kana and Chad Komocki — come warm up with us!

ESTO JAZZ - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Esto Jazz back for the late set! 🎷

ESTO JAZZ - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Saxophonist Bob Esterle is back in the BLU Zone with his band Esto Jazz!

[01/13/19]   SAVE THE DATE (SATURDAY, 3/16) – the Snarky Horns are coming to Akron, Ohio!

Direct from three-time GRAMMY® winning musical collective Snarky Puppy, The Snarky Horns ft. Mike "Maz" Maher, Chris Bullock, Jay Jennings, and Justin Stanton, will make their BLU Jazz+ debut for an incredible live concert (8PM) AND masterclass (6PM) event!

TICKETS will go on sale in a few short weeks, but TAG A FRIEND in the comments who HAS to know about this show! 🎺🎷

EDDIE BACCUS JR. - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr and the band are BACK! 🔥

EDDIE BACCUS JR. - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

A SOLD OUT BLU Jazz+ debut for sax man Eddie Baccus Jr and his band tonight! What a sound!

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Cast your vote!

IT'S VOTING TIME! Please show your support for BLU Jazz+ by voting for us on the "Top 100 Jazz Venues" worldwide ballot by All About Jazz! It takes less than a minute to fill out and would mean so much to us, thank you! 💙

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DIANE MARINO - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Diane Marino is BACK for the 2nd set and the band is swingin'!

THERON BROWN'S THURSDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

The BLU Jazz Jam swings into the second set – oh what a night!

THERON BROWN'S THURSDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

The first BLU Jazz Jam of 2019 w/ the Theron Brown Trio starts now! Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making!

JOHNNY COCHRAN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Saxophonist Johnny Cochran w/ his band spreading peace & love through music tonight! Featuring Johnny Cochran, Nathan-Paul Davis, Theron Brown, Aidan Plank & Zaire Darden.

JOHNNY COCHRAN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

So excited to have saxophonist Johnny Cochran back at BLU Jazz+ tonight with his amazing band featuring Nathan-Paul Davis, Theron Brown, Aidan Plank & Zaire Darden!

HOT DJANG - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Hot Djang Quartet returns for the late set! Swing on!

HOT DJANG - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Hot Djang Quartet is back at BLU Jazz+ with their swingin’ early swing era swagger and a full house of enthusiastic listeners!

BOBBY SELVAGGIO'S HENDECTET - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Bobby Selvaggio's Hendectet Jazz Collective is back for another great set!

BOBBY SELVAGGIO'S HENDECTET - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

Bobby Selvaggio’s Hendectet Jazz Collective is back in the house tonight and we’re so excited for their first appearance of 2019 at BLU Jazz+ — come on down and join us, we’re just getting started! 🎶

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10 New Jazz Albums You Need to Know About: January 2019 - JAZZIZ Magazine

Jazziz Magazine with a great list for January 2019 of “10 New Jazz Albums You Need to Know About!” A few notable BLU alumni featured here including Greg Ward & John Raymond!

Which jazz albums are YOU listening to this month?! Share in the comments below!

jazziz.com JAZZIZ takes a look at 10 of the hottest – and sweetest – new jazz albums that will be released in January 2019.

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[01/02/19]   NEXT SATURDAY (1/12) – Eddie Baccus Jr. at BLU Jazz+!

Soulful & funky Cleveland native saxophonist and "Pieces of a Dream" alumnus, Eddie Baccus Jr, returns home by way of Maryland for BLU Jazz+ debut with all-star band – get your tickets NOW! • 8PM (7PM doors), $20 ($10 student w/ ID at door)

THE CABARET PROJECT: "HUNGERLUST" - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

The 2nd Annual appearance of The Cabaret Project: "Hungerlust" was another SOLD OUT success – what a wonderfully talented group of musicians! Thanks to all who joined us for this very special event.

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Bobby Selvaggio's Hendectet Jazz Collective Live at Blu Jazz+
Eric Sedden's Hot Club
DANIEL SPEARMAN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ
DANIEL SPEARMAN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ
HUBBS GROOVE - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ
ERIC SEDDEN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ
ERIC SEDDEN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ
ERIC SEDDEN - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ
THERON BROWN'S THURSDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION - LIVE AT BLU JAZZ

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