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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

RC & The Gritz

"Erykah Badu's Band"

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Known by some as Erykah Badu’s band, this eclectic super-group brings hot mix of R&B, hip-hop and soul to the Rubber City in BLU debut!  Featuring RC Williams, Cleon Edwards, TaRon Lockett, Braylon “Brother B” Lacy, Claudio Melton, Jah Born.

RC Williams is a maestro. He has a natural talent for making music and a work ethic that is second to none. He understands all the intricate pieces of the narrative and is able to weave them together seamlessly. He does so regardless of the genre of music. And he gives a powerful performance if the crowds consist of thousands, or a circle of close friends.

Raised by a family of professional musicians in Dallas, TX, RC attended the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School. A school renowned for producing extraordinary talent, he focused on Jazz and synthesizer combinations. Over time his dedication and effort led to an opportunity to tour with internationally celebrated gospel group, God’s Property.

That experience opened the doors for Williams to tour and perform alongside such great artist as Erykah Badu, Snoop Lion, Prince, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Pharell Williams, Mos Def, and Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, Raheem Devaughn, Bilal, Roy Ayers, Roy Hargrove, just to name a few. As well as being a touring musician Williams has also received multiple GRAMMY® nominations for producing and writing.

Currently he is working with his group Tha GRITZ. They have recently completed their first album and it features Snoop, Raheem DeVaughn, AD.d + and Ms. Erykah Badu. He is also a core member of Erykah Badu’s electronic production group, the Cannabinoids. With these duties he also tours with Ms. Badu as the musical director for her legendary live show.

Don’t miss this incredible weekend show at BLU, sure to be a highlight of the summer – get your tickets today!

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Upcoming Shows

We are excited to announce the upcoming shows for our third 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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Introducing BLU Plate

"Southern fare with an 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, hush puppies, 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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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!

 

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.
 
Developer Tony Troppe and partners opened BLU Jazz+ in 2014. It’s in the basement of the 1870s Hermes Building, which Troppe redeveloped and owns with partners. He has spearheaded a string of historic preservation projects downtown.


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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+.
 
Led by trombonist, composer & arranger, Paul Ferguson, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO) promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio.
 
The upcoming season is set to highlight some of the region’s finest talent, including featured guest performers Vanessa Rubin, Evelyn Wright, Russ Mitchell, Helen Welch, Ernie Krivda & Dan Wilson.


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Giving BLU a front door on Market Street

February 6, 2017 -

AKRON, OH (Downtown Akron loses 3 Point; eatery says shutdown related to underground fire last month, by Katie Byard, ohio.com)
 
Downtown Akron’s 3 Point restaurant, which shut down temporarily after an underground fire in December, has closed permanently after seven years on East Market Street.
 
Developer Tony Troppe, the building’s owner, said Wednesday the space would not be vacant for long.
 
He and partners in the BLU Jazz+ club in basement space below the restaurant plan to expand upstairs, creating a BLU dining spot.


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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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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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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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