BLU Jazz+ is a stunning new live music venue & photography gallery coming to downtown Akron, Ohio this fall 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+ will cater to its patrons by providing:
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.
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.
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:
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 shows.
$25 per person + cost of show ticket includes:
Price excludes tax, tip, and beverages.
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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.
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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!
With a little over a month away until our Inaugural Season Kickoff Event featuring the Josh Rzepka Quintet, we are closing in on some of the final touches.
The flooring and carpet are being laid down, concrete floors are stained, equipment is being delivered and installed, and the bar is being built out – wait until you see this place!
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.
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.
Our talented crew has been hard at work over the past few weeks: painting walls and ceilings, installing the granite bar top, tiling the bathrooms, and prepping our exciting black & white jazz photography collection for installation.
Check out the photos below for an inside look at how BLU Jazz+ is taking shape for a Fall 2014 debut!
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.
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.