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Introducing BLU.

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:

 
  • A relaxing atmosphere for light socialization and the presentation of quality live jazz
  • Chef-inspired menu of exquisite entrées & small plate specialties
  • Full-service bar boasting premium liquors, signature cocktails, and inspired wine & beer selections
  • State-of-the art stage, sound & lighting
  • Jazz photography & memorabilia gallery

 

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.

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Featured Event


BLU Jazz+ presents

John Raymond
& "Real Feels"

Album Release Event

February 26, 2016

Critically acclaimed New York City based jazz trumpeter & 2015 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award winner returns to BLU with dynamic trio and an all-new album! Featuring John Raymond, Gilad Hekselman, Colin Stranahan.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear three of New York City’s finest jazz musicians in a most special presentation at BLU – get your tickets today!

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Upcoming Shows

We are excited to announce the upcoming shows for our second season at BLU Jazz+! Additional dates & performers will continue to be added, so check back often to catch your favorite artists at Northeast Ohio’s premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits!
 
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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Our chef-inspired menu of exquisite entrées & small plate specialties is prepared by the award-winning culinary staff at 3 Point Restaurant.

 

Dinner is served before and during the show, so make plans to spend your evening at BLU for fine food, spirits, and premier live jazz at Akron's modern day speakeasy!

 

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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!

 

University of Akron’s new EX[L] Center will help match students to hands-on work experiences

February 9, 2016 -

AKRON, OH (by Beth Thomas Hertz, Crain’s Cleveland Business) – The University of Akron is making a commitment to get its students more “real world,” hands-on experience through its newly formed Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement – or EXL Center for short. The center doesn’t officially launch until March 2, but its team is already at work, including holding the first of what is planned to be monthly “BluPrints to EXL” panel discussions at the Blu Jazz + club in downtown Akron.


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Jazz-themed Blutique Hotel will soon grace downtown Akron

January 14, 2016 -

AKRON, OH (by John Harper, cleveland.com) – By the end of the year, developer Tony Troppe wants to have a 65-room jazz-themed boutique hotel operating inside the United Building at the corner of Main and Market streets, the apex of downtown Akron.
 
Troppe’s work to transform the once dormant downtown into a noteworthy entertainment district has been underway for the better part of two decades, but with his new hotel Troppe is hoping to start something bigger.
 
“I think this hotel will be the catalyst for something greater,” Troppe said Wednesday. “We are putting a first-rate hotel right at Akron’s doorstep, and people will be surprised what they see when they step outside.”


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Historic downtown Akron building to become The United 1: A Blu-tique Hotel

January 12, 2016 -

AKRON, OH (by Beth Thomas Hertz, Crain’s Cleveland Business) – Local developer Tony Troppe is moving forward with his new boutique hotel in the historic United Building at the corner of Main and Market streets in downtown Akron and has decided on a name: The United 1: A Blu-tique Hotel.
 
Troppe is developing the 65-room hotel with assistance from a $1.6 million Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The name is a reference to the hotel’s link to the nearby Blu Jazz+ club, which Troppe also owns, as well as the hotel’s address, 1 S. Main St. He expects the hotel to open by the fourth quarter of 2016.


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BLU Jazz+ recognized by DownBeat Magazine as one of the best jazz venues worldwide

January 9, 2016 -

AKRON, Ohio – The February 2016 issue of DownBeat Magazine includes a special annual section, the “International Jazz Venue Guide,” highlighting the must-visit clubs from around the world for experiencing live jazz.
 
BLU Jazz+ was added to the guide this year, only 16 months after opening its doors in October 2014. Among of the world-class talent presented at BLU to date include Chris Potter, Joey DeFrancesco, Cyrille Aimée, Gerald Clayton, Becca Stevens, Bill Cunliffe, & Houston Person.
 
DownBeat editor, Bobby Reed, learned of Akron’s hot new jazz spot after one of his staff members, Sam Horn, made a 6-hour drive from the magazine’s headquarters in Elmhurst, IL to Akron, OH to visit the club for a special tribute program for jazz icons Pepper Adams & Zoot Sims featuring saxophonists Ken Peplowski & Gary Smulyan.


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REVIEW: Tony Monaco Trio at BLU Jazz+ (All About Jazz Magazine)

December 16, 2015 -

AKRON, OH (by C. Andrew Hovan, All About Jazz Magazine, December 2015)
 
When it comes to jazz hotspots in Ohio, the choices are relatively small. All that changed about a year ago when developer Tony Troppe and VP of Talent and Events Mike Wyatt II got together to put Akron on the map as a jazz destination with the opening of BLU Jazz+. With live jazz every Wednesday through Saturday evenings, the club has the distinction of recently being named by DownBeat (Magazine) as one of the top jazz clubs in the world.


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BLU Jazz+ announced as finalist in 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Akron

November 19, 2015 -

AKRON, Ohio – The first Knight Arts Challenge Akron was launched over the summer to open up opportunities for anyone in the Greater Akron community with a great arts idea to make a contribution to the city’s cultural growth. The tremendous response to the challenge resulted in 540 submissions from neighborhoods across the Akron community & Northeast Ohio region.


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‘Vanity Fair’ feature highlights millennials shaking up jazz world, includes past & upcoming BLU Jazz+ performers

November 11, 2015 -

AKRON, Ohio – The December 2015 ‘Vanity Fair’ issue arrived this week, boasting an exciting “jazz-centric” feature by writer, Will Friedwald, and photographer, Mark Seliger – profiling the many faces of today’s ever-evolving jazz culture.
 
“Once again, young musicians (whether first exposed via YouTube or one of the myriad high-school programs that have sprouted across the land like clover) are taking the lead and flocking to jazz. But now they’re doing so in a way that’s linked to the genre’s 100-year history and, at the same time, completely unique to the current generation,” says Friedwald.


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BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016)*
   
 

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