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 directly beneath 3 Point Restaurant, 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.
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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, Ohio – Over the weekend, BLU Jazz+ and photographer, Cindy Nichols, teamed up to present “Through the Lens”: Milestone Moments at BLU, a curated collection of photographs which Nichols has captured since the opening of BLU Jazz+ in October 2014.
The gallery boasts full color and black & white photographs from many of the marquee events which have been presented at BLU Jazz+ throughout its first year and are available for purchase in two sizes: 8×10 and 11×14 with mats included. Among the performers featured in the gallery are Joey DeFrancesco, Delfeayo Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, Elan Trotman, Tony Monaco, Fareed Haque, Becca Stevens, Gerald Clayton, Jamey Haddad, Peter & Will Anderson, Ernie Krivda, Dan Wilson, Dominick Farinacci & many more.
AKRON, OH (The Akronist, August 12, 2015)
Where can Akronites go to see first-rate comedians perform in a club with a cool, upscale vibe and a convenient downtown location? The answer to that question is the new late-night comedy series “Cure for the BLUs,” every Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. at BLU Jazz+ at the Musica Complex, 47 E. Market St.
Willis Gordon and Eric Brewer are hosting shows that feature comics from Northeast Ohio and around the country.
The show premiered Aug. 1, with Eric Brewer serving as host and a lineup that included Dwayne Duke, Joe Perrow, Brian Kenny and headliner Willis Gordon. The house was packed and the excitement was palpable, as was the unspoken question: Would this show’s quality match that of its swanky venue?
AKRON, OH (Akronlife Magazine, July 2015)
Second only to LeBron James’ return, Akronlife Magazine has named BLU Jazz+ “Best Thing to Happen to Akron” this year!
We are so very honored & humbled by this recognition, and are in good company in this category, along with the Akron RubberDucks & the Gay Games Cleveland! Thank you, Akron, Ohio and Akronlife Magazine!
AKRON, OH (by Molly Gase, Akronlife Magazine, June 2015)
Looking for an experience that is beyond the norm? Head down to BLU Jazz+. This jazz venue brings the idea of cool speak easy to Downtown Akron. “The acronym is BeLowU, and the idea is to create a cool “speak easy” that you need to go down/get down into a cool groovy place to get into that chill space of mind to really appreciate the genre of a true American art form,” says Tony Troppe.
Started by a group of jazz lovers — Tom Strauss, Mike Wyatt and Troppe — BLU Jazz+ opened in October of 2014. Bringing the succulent tones of jazz to the historic arts district of downtown, Troppe says that it’s a great location to be. “Positive energy of a great place attracts great people. They are winding up at BLU to not miss the downbeat.”
(AKRON, OH) – North Carolina-bred, New York-based singer/composer/guitarist and Universal Music Classics recording artist, Becca Stevens, has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” The Boston Phoenix noted Becca’s “big voice and no-bull emotional delivery,” while The Winston-Salem Journal stated, “Stevens’s singing is remarkable, soulful, pitch-perfect and subtle in its controlled acrobatics. The arrangements are exquisitely produced, and her acoustic songs boast musical textures and colors that embrace the adventurism of jazz.”
(AKRON, OH) May 8, 2015 — BLU Jazz+ has been presented with the “You Tell The Tourist Award” in the category of “Your Attendance Is Mandatory” in the 2015 annual Zenith Awards by the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Zenith Awards ceremony, celebrated during National Travel & Tourism Week, recognizes contributions made to and by Summit County’s hospitality industry. The presentation took place at a luncheon at the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
Other Downtown Akron area recipients of the prestigious awards include Musica, Crafty Mart, and the Devil Strip, among others.
(AKRON, OH) April 2, 2015 — BLU Jazz+ has been selected for the 2015 Best of Akron Award in the Jazz Club category by the Akron Award Program.
Each year, the Akron Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Akron area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Akron Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Akron Award Program and data provided by third parties.
(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!