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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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BLU Jazz+ presents

JD Allen Trio

Birthday Bash

Sunday, December 11, 2016

On the heels of his critically acclaimed release, “Americana,” NYC tenor titan returns to BLU Jazz+ for a very special birthday concert celebration! Featuring James Gaiters & Brandon Meeks.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a bright rising light on today’s international jazz scene. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument – the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art – has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world. Originally from Detroit, Allen’s apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York, where he worked with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Dave Douglas, Cindy Blackman, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, Rufus Reid, and Geri Allen.

Don’t delay in making plans to join us at BLU for this very special Sunday night birthday bash as we celebrate this compelling jazz artist & his trio – get 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!

 

REVIEW: French jazz singer lights up stage at BLU

March 25, 2016 -

AKRON, OH (words and photos by Dale Dong, Akronist) – On a recent Sunday evening, jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée packed the house at Blu Jazz+, selling out the first show. Aimée is among the most talked about performers in jazz today, and her appearance continues the club’s effort to bring top jazz musicians to Akron.
 


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REVIEW: Vive le Jazz! French Singer Cyrille Aimée Gives an Encore Performance at BLU Jazz+

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AKRON, OH (words by Andrew Leask, photos by Svetla Morrison, The Devil Strip) – To introduce a song in her set at Blu Jazz+ on February 28, French-born jazz singer Cyrille Aimée told a story. One night, she and her bandmate, Michael Valeanu, were heading home to their respective apartments in New York City after a late jam session. As was their custom, Valeanu walked her to her subway stop first, and because it was late, waited for her train to come. Since the platform announcement screen showed that the next train would be arriving in nine minutes, Valeanu took out a book of poetry from his pocket and read to Aimée until her train arrived to take her home.
 


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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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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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‘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)*
   
 
Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.
   
 

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