BLU Jazz+ is a stunning new live music venue & photography gallery in downtown Akron, Ohio which has been designed & crafted from the ground up with the presentation of live jazz in mind.
To uphold our vision of creating an upscale yet accessible destination with a uniquely metropolitan vibe, BLU Jazz+ caters to its patrons by providing:
BLU Jazz+ has a “retro” mid-century modern feel & captures the intimacy of the famous New York City jazz clubs while offering the style and sophistication of a modern venue.
Conveniently situated in the heart of the Akron Historic Arts District, BLU Jazz+ is Northeast Ohio’s new premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits.
Built in the 1870’s and made of local sandstone & brick, the Hermes Building is home to BLU Jazz+ and gives our venue the distinct character and charm that a jazz club deserves.
BLU Jazz+ is open weekly, Wednesday & Thursday (6PM-midnight) and Friday & Saturday (6PM-1:30AM) with live music nightly.
Easily accessible via Route 8, I-77, & I-76 with on-street, garage, and valet parking services available.
For free access to our parking garage, enter the lower level of the garage at 11 N. Main Street.
For directions, click the map or on our address below:
Visit 3 Point Restaurant directly above BLU Jazz+ before the show for a great start to the evening!
BLU Jazz+ features Dinner & Show Packages in partnership with 3 Point Restaurant for select weekend shows (available for online purchase only).
For $30 per person + cost of show ticket, the Dinner & Show Package includes:
*Price excludes tax, tip, and beverages.
Plan to give yourself at least 90 minutes before showtime at 3 Point Restaurant to ensure a relaxed and pleasurable dining experience. Then join us downstairs at BLU Jazz+ for the downbeat!
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We are excited to announce the upcoming shows for our inaugural season at BLU Jazz+! Additional dates & performers will continue to be added, so check back often to catch your favorite artists at our new venue.
Tickets are general admission (unless otherwise noted) on a first-come, first served basis, and you are only guaranteed admission for the showtime listed on your ticket. Please buy your tickets online in advance to guarantee admission.
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Stay up-to-date on all of the buzz surrounding BLU Jazz+! Here you will find photos, interviews, press releases and other newsworthy information about Akron’s hottest new destination for live jazz!
(AKRON, OH) – The month of April is nationally recognized as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an annual event created to pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic genre of music. In partnership with Tri-C JazzFest (who celebrates their 36th season this year), BLU Jazz+ will be hosting a very special event, “Tri-C JazzFest Day in Akron,” on Thursday, April 16th, 2015!
(AKRON, OH), by Dan Kane – Downtown Akron nightspot BLU Jazz+ has brought the city’s jazz tradition back to vibrant life. Located in the same lively neighborhood as the Akron Art Museum, The Nightlight Cinema, Musica concert club and Crave restaurant, BLU is a sophisticated venue for live jazz, be it local, regional or national.
Cocktails, craft beers and a small-plates food menu – prepared by 3 Point Restaurant, located directly upstairs – round out the BLU experience.
“The Akron area is saturated in jazz talent, from up-and-coming artists to jazz students, and there’s a vibrant jazz history here. Akron had a series of jazz clubs all along the Howard Street district from the 1930s all the way up to the ’60s,” said Mike Wyatt, one of BLU’s owners and its vice president of talent and events.
The opening of BLU Jazz+ last October proved that Akron was craving a venue for live jazz of many flavors. “Our opening weekend was completely sold out, and we’ve seen a number of sold-out or close-to-capacity shows since,” Wyatt said.
(AKRON, OH) BLU Jazz+ General Manager, Colin Cook, sits down with Dan Mosher of Mosher Media to discuss how the concept for BLU got started, his background in fine dining, the food & cocktail program, and more!
(AKRON, OH) On Wednesday night, Akron’s BLU Jazz+ will welcome celebrated contemporary jazz player Joey DeFrancesco and his trio.
DeFrancesco is widely acknowledged as one of the best jazz organists alive. His resume as a sideman includes recording and/or performing with Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, John McLaughlin, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson and John Scofield, to name but a few.
He is also a respected solo artist and bandleader who has recorded more than 30 albums under his own name and regularly wins DownBeat magazine’s readers poll.
For his first show in Akron, DeFrancesco, who was inspired to learn trumpet after his stint with Davis, is bringing his new organ trio, which features two musicians with Northeast Ohio connections. Drummer Jason Brown is a graduate of Oberlin College, while guitarist Dan Wilson is a proud Akronite who has been a fixture on the local jazz scene for several years.
For Wilson, 30, who also maintains a phalanx of local guitar students, this is his first extensive tour as a sideman, and it’s already taken the up-and-coming guitarist to the other side of the country and on a jazz cruise packed with legends and respected players whom Wilson grew up admiring.
(AKRON, OH) Legendary Cleveland tenor saxophonist and BLU Jazz+ “fan favorite,” Ernie Krivda, returns to the popular new live music venue & “speakeasy” for an exciting (and no doubt, swingin’) celebration of his 70th Birthday, with his 18-piece Fat Tuesday Big Band in tow!
Experience the very first big band show at BLU Jazz+ as the most energetic and talented musicans in the Midwest assemble for an unforgettable night of blues, bop, ballads, boogie and shout! Great musicianship, stylish distinction, and transcendent energy are a hard combination to beat, so don’t miss your chance to hear this band live right here in Akron! This is going to be one “for the books” – get your tickets today!
(BY DAVIS INMAN, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE) Singer-songwriter Cyrille Aimée is starting to turn heads in the jazz world. On her debut disc for Mack Avenue, Aimée—who was born and raised in France—cheerfully mixes ingredients from Brazilian music, Gypsy jazz and Americana, throwing in a version of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” a cover of a Michael Jackson hit (“Off The Wall”), Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism” and four original compositions along the way.
AKRON, OH (by William Hoffman, Cleveland Scene Magazine) A decade ago, when Tony Troppe picked out the space that would become Blu Jazz+, Akron’s premiere jazz club, it was just a shoebox warehouse with dirt floors sitting beneath the Hermes building, in the historic Akron market district.
Today, the space has been transformed into a little portal into the big-city jazz club experience of old. A sandstone brick wall lines the far side of the club, accenting the couches and intimate surrounding tables that crowd the stage where a blue spotlight illuminates the grand piano. The bar glows with LEDs shining red and blue light on the bottles used to craft innovative cocktails, and the walls are covered in historic photos of jazz legends who passed through Akron. They’re even accompanied by reading material so you can learn about their history.
AKRON, OH (by Don Baker, Jr., Founder and Editor-in-Chief, AkronLife Magazine) – He wears a pork pie hat, sports a soul patch and dons shades indoors. And, he just opened BLU Jazz+, a jazz club in the cellar of the Hermes Building on Maiden Lane just off East Market Street.
This club has been in the making for more than 10 years. The first I heard of it was when moved its offices into the Everett Building, which is connected to the Hermes. Tony was our landlord, and when he was showing me around, he pointed to the cold, dank space below 3 Point restaurant and said he was going to put a jazz club in there. I remember this because I’m a huge jazz fan, and the thought of a jazz bar in Akron was memorable.
AKRON, OH – NYC vocalist extraordinaire celebrates the Holidays at BLU with All-Star Quartet, featuring Concord Jazz recording artist Helen Sung (piano), Peter Dominguez (bass) & Ray Porrello (drums)!
Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer in the making. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods.
AKRON, OH – Northeast Ohio jazz fans are in for a treat as BLU Jazz+ prepares to roll out the “red carpet” for jazz organ, trumpet, and vocal master, Joey DeFrancesco, and his trio!
Joey DeFrancesco has played and recorded with all of the greats: Miles Davis, Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, James Moody, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, John McLaughlin, and many more. Born into a musical family in Pennsylvania that included three generations of jazz musicians (Joey’s grandfather, Joseph DeFrancesco, was a jazz musician who played the saxophone and clarinet and Joey’s father, “Papa” John DeFrancesco, was an organist who played nationally), Joey began playing the organ at age 4 and hasn’t looked back since!