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Welcome to 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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Introducing BLU Plate

"Southern fare with Akron flair." DownBeat Magazine award-winning jazz venue, BLU Jazz+, is “taking things up a notch” by putting a front door on Market Street with the addition of BLU Plate, a “black & BLU” dining experience featuring a chef-driven menu of low-country culinary delights.

 

Expanding upon the popularity of BLU Jazz+, BLU Plate pays homage to the food, music & culture of places like New Orleans, St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville & more – with an Akron twist. Popular southern dishes like shrimp & grits, muffaletta, po’boys, blackened chicken, BBQ, crawfish, gumbo & more are on the menu, along with the exciting beer, wine, cocktails & live music you’ve come to know & love from downstairs at BLU.

 

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Dinner & Show Package

Purchase a pair of tickets to any show at BLU Jazz+ and get 15% OFF your tab at BLU Plate with a dinner reservation between 5PM & 6:30PM on the night of the show!

 

Enjoy Southern inspired fare with Akron flair from our complete BLU Plate menu upstairs before the show, then make your way downstairs to our cozy modern-day speakeasy and enjoy our Prohibition-era signature cocktails, historic jazz photography gallery, and world-class live entertainment!

 

Don’t forget to bring your tickets with you to show your server during dinner at BLU Plate to receive your discount! [see full details]

 

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Featured Event


 
BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation presents

Gabrielle Stravelli

Masterclass + Concert

Friday, October 20, 2017

As featured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her original songs and her unique take on material from the New American songbook as well as classic standards by artists as varied as Pink Floyd and Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton and Johnny Mercer. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by David Finkle of The Village Voice.

In January 2017, Gabrielle released her third album, “Dream Ago” comprised primarily of original material co-written with bassist Pat O’Leary. The album received a ★★★★★ review from DownBeat Magazine and garnered raves from the Huffington Post, Scott Yanow of LA Jazz Scene and Tony Frankel of LA’s Stage and Cinema among others. In March Gabrielle and her trio toured the album for ten days traveling from Philadelphia across the Midwest.

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Upcoming Shows

We are excited to announce the upcoming shows for our fourth 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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News

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!

 

6 Reasons Akron, Ohio, Should Be On Your Radar

August 17, 2017 -

AKRON, OH (by Alex Schechter, Vogue) – If there were a contest for the Ohio city with the most unexpected history, Akron would win. The hamburger was supposedly invented here. Thomas Edison visited often (his wife was an Akronite). Around the turn of the century, Akron’s supremacy in tire manufacturing helped it become known as the “rubber capital of the world.”



BLU Plate opens in downtown Akron

July 5, 2017 -

AKRON, OH (by Katie Byard, Akron Beacon Journal) – BLU Plate opened above BLU Jazz+ on Tuesday with a Red, White, & Blu Plate celebration.
 
It features a “Southern-inspired menu” featuring po’boys, gumbo, barbecue and more, and signature cocktails. A piano bar provides a musical “appeteaser,” encouraging people to go downstairs to the jazz club.


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BLU Jazz+ teams up with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra for 2017-2018 season

April 3, 2017 -

AKRON, OH — As part of the 2017-2018 concert season, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, one of Northeast Ohio’s most prominent & long-running big bands, will bring several shows from their subscription series at Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare to Akron’s BLU Jazz+.


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BLU Jazz+ featured in DownBeat Magazine’s 2017 International Jazz Venue Guide

January 2, 2017 -

We are really excited to be featured once again in DownBeat Magazine’s 2017 International Jazz Venue Guide (alongside our friends at Nighttown in Cleveland) as one of the world’s “remarkable rooms” for live jazz!
 
Thank you DownBeat for this most special recognition – jazz fans, pick up a copy of the February 2017 issue (out now) to see the complete list of premier live jazz venues across the globe!



Top Places to Visit after Moving to Akron, Ohio (via Allied Van Lines®)

December 22, 2016 -

by Ryan Cox / Allied Van Lines - “After you have toured the zoo and science center, head out to BLU Jazz+ for some adult time. This place is upscale, and the hidden door seems to stump people every time. It is definitely not your average lounge; it is a place where the rich and famous like to hang. Do not come here in jeans and a tee; you will be out of your element. The music is lively and the art is exquisite. The venue is conveniently located in the famous Market Street area of town, so feel free to bring a group of friends and hang out. They offer a wide variety of seating options for your comfort. They often have live bands on the weekends, and the food is out of this world. No wonder people call this club a hidden gem…”


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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+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017)*
   
 
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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