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Live jazz, fine food & spirits

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
  • Exciting “Black & BLU”-inspired menu of tasty tapas & 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+


Conveniently situated in the heart of the Akron Historic Arts District, 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 (5PM-midnight) and Friday & Saturday (5PM-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, “speak”-easy access to our parking garage, enter the lower level of the garage at 11 N. Main Street.


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


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

Getting to BLU Jazz+


Dinner & Show Packages

Visit 3 Point Restaurant & Bar directly above BLU Jazz+ before the show for a great start to the evening!


BLU Jazz+ and 3 Point Restaurant & Bar will feature Dinner & Show packages for select weekend shows (available for online purchase only).


$25 per person + cost of show ticket includes:


  • Entrée from 3 Point Show Night Menu
  • Appetizer for two
  • Soup or salad


Price excludes tax, tip, and beverages.

Plan to give yourself at least 90 minutes before showtime at 3 Point Restaurant & Bar to ensure a relaxed and pleasurable dining experience. Then join us downstairs at BLU Jazz+ for the downbeat!
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Upcoming Shows

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.
See you at the show!

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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!


Inaugural Season Kickoff Weekend boasts 4 sold out shows and an exciting late night jazz jam!

October 28, 2014 -

We just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank all of the folks who attended our Inaugural Season Kickoff Weekend at BLU Jazz+ and for writing a new chapter in Akron’s jazz history. All four of our shows (early and late sets) this past weekend SOLD OUT to a wonderful audience who was eager for a top-notch jazz experience; our musicians and staff delivered!
We will be constantly striving to improve our guest experience, so that each and every one of your visits to BLU Jazz+ is a fun & memorable evening. Your patience and continued support mean everything to us, and we could not have made this first weekend a success without you!

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Construction Update #5

October 14, 2014 -

With a little over a week away until our Inaugural Season Kickoff Event featuring the Josh Rzepka Quintet, the excitement continues to build!
Tickets are going fast for both the Josh Rzepka shows on October 24th as well as “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra & the Swingin’ Years” featuring the Ernie Krivda Jazz All-Stars on October 25th, so please make sure you buy yours in advance!
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be among the first to experience this beautiful new live jazz destination right here in Downtown Akron!

Audio-Technica partners with BLU Jazz+ in exclusive pro gear sponsorship

September 12, 2014 -

This fall, performers will hit the stage at BLU Jazz+ in confidence knowing that they are playing into microphones made by one of the music industry’s top pro-audio manufacturers.

As part of an exclusive two-year sponsorship agreement between Audio-Technica and BLU Jazz+, the venue will be outfitted with an arsenal of the brand’s dynamic & condenser microphones. The gear will be used in a wide range of stage applications, ranging from live performance to recording.

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Jazz club opening in downtown Akron next month will feature an undulating blue ceiling, rare photo collection

September 10, 2014 -

AKRON, Ohio — In the vacant basement of a former opera house in downtown Akron, the sound of jazz flute echoed off steal beams and sandstone walls Tuesday afternoon.
The flutist was no “pie-eyed-piper” (see the video), it was Tony Troppe, the developer responsible for the entertainment complex along Maiden Lane on downtown Akron’s north side. Troppe is preparing to open a jazz club there next month.
In the basement of the Everett Building at the corner of Main and West Market streets, BLU Jazz+ is a low-slung tribute to the types of underground clubs where jazz flourished in its golden age. Still, the finishing touches are upscale.

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Oberlin Conservatory of Music licenses rare jazz photography collection for display at new Akron jazz venue

August 27, 2014 -

Summit County jazz fans are in for a treat this fall as an exciting and rare collection of black & white jazz photography comes to BLU Jazz+, Akron’s up-and-coming jazz club, by way of an exhibit licensing arrangement between Oberlin Conservatory of Music & the venue.

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An Inside Look at BLU Jazz+ with “Cool Cleveland”

May 28, 2014 -

Check out BLU Jazz+ developer & co-owner, Tony Troppe, as he chats with Cool Cleveland correspondent, Marty Bielat, about the history of jazz in Akron, his desire to build a club, and some specific specs on the venue itself.

The Man with the Horn

May 27, 2014 -

Chicago-based trumpeter and Akron native, Josh Rzepka, stands on the future site of the BLU Jazz+ stage and plays a few notes for us. (Boy, do we like the sounds of this room already…)

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