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Live jazz, fine food & spirits
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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.


Getting to BLU Jazz+

Location & Parking

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.


Parking options include:

  • Complimentary self-parking at the 11 N. Main Street parking deck
  • On-street metered parking
  • High/Market Parking Deck located at 40 S. High Street (adjacent to the Akron-Summit County Public Library), free after 6PM and on weekends
  • Valet parking

For directions, click the map or on our address below:


BLU Jazz+
47 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44308

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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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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!


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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BLU Jazz+ teams up with Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland to present concert series

November 12, 2015 -

AKRON, Ohio – Manufacturer of the self-proclaimed “world’s best piano,” a Steinway & Sons acoustic grand piano will be prominently on display as Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland co-presents a series of marquee concerts in November & December in partnership with BLU Jazz+ in Akron, OH.
Throughout the duration of the residency at BLU Jazz+, a Steinway & Sons acoustic grand piano will be on stage for an array of high-profile performances, including: Joe Augustine (November 29), Freddy Cole (December 2), Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (December 13) and throughout the three-day “Ol’ BLU Eyes”: Sinatra Centennial celebration, commemorating the music of legendary “Chairman of the Board,” singer & entertainer, Frank Sinatra, on what marks his 100th birthday (December 10-12).

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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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2015 DownBeat Readers Poll winners announced, include three upcoming BLU Jazz+ performers

October 27, 2015 -

AKRON, Ohio – The highly-anticipated results of the 80th Annual DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll were revealed yesterday. With 28,496 voters casting ballots, the 2015 poll generated the largest voter turnout in the poll’s history.
Categories for the Readers Poll include the most popular artists, albums, and labels in the jazz & blues genres. Among the #1 winners include three artists whom are set to perform at Akron’s premier live jazz venue, BLU Jazz+ this Fall: baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan (November 7), organist Joey DeFrancesco (November 12), and tenor saxophonist Chris Potter (December 3, 4).

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Photography gallery show highlights inaugural season, premieres at sold-out show featuring Dan Wilson

September 20, 2015 -

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.

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“Cure for the BLU’s” brings comedy night to downtown jazz club

August 12, 2015 -

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?

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BLU Jazz+ named “Best Thing to Happen to Akron” winner by Akronlife Magazine

July 8, 2015 -

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!

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A cool place to enjoy a true American art form

June 11, 2015 -

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.”

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BLU Jazz+ Presented with Zenith Award for Excellence in Hospitality by Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau

May 8, 2015 -

(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.

BLU Jazz+ Receives 2015 Best of Akron Award

April 13, 2015 -

(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.

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