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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+


Location

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 (6PM-midnight) and Friday & Saturday (6PM-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 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:

 

 

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.
 
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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!

 

NYC jazz icon, vocalist Vanessa Rubin, returns to her native Ohio for an evening at BLU Jazz+ with special guest, pianist & Concord Jazz recording artist, Helen Sung

December 19, 2014 -

AKRON, OH – NYC vocalist extraordinaire celebrates the Holidays at BLU with All-Star Quartet, featuring Concord Jazz recording artist Helen Sung (piano), Peter Dominguez (bass) & Ray Porrello (drums)!
 
Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer in the making. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods.
 


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Three-time Grammy® nominated jazz organ master, Joey DeFrancesco, to play BLU Jazz+ in February

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AKRON, OH – Northeast Ohio jazz fans are in for a treat as BLU Jazz+ prepares to roll out the “red carpet” for jazz organ, trumpet, and vocal master, Joey DeFrancesco, and his trio!
 
Joey DeFrancesco has played and recorded with all of the greats: Miles Davis, Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, James Moody, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, John McLaughlin, and many more. Born into a musical family in Pennsylvania that included three generations of jazz musicians (Joey’s grandfather, Joseph DeFrancesco, was a jazz musician who played the saxophone and clarinet and Joey’s father, “Papa” John DeFrancesco, was an organist who played nationally), Joey began playing the organ at age 4 and hasn’t looked back since!
 


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Tallmadge High grad Jon Lampley, a member of contemporary jazz group Huntertones, will play Akron’s Blu Jazz+ on Thursday

December 4, 2014 -

AKRON, OH (by Malcolm Abram, Akron Beacon Journal) – Thursday, Akron jazz and music lovers can help welcome back one of their own when the eclectic Brooklyn-based contemporary jazz band Huntertones performs two shows at Akron’s Blu Jazz+.
 
The band, which recently changed its name from the Dan White Sextet, is led by three Ohio State University graduates and talented hornmen — trombonist Chris Ott, saxophonist Dan White and trumpet, sousaphone player and Akronite Jon Lampley.
 
Backing up the horn trio will be the semi-satellite members of local pianist Theron Brown, guitarist Josh Hill, bassist Jeff Bass and drummer John Hubbell — all of whom have also recorded with the band.
 


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FOX 8 Cleveland pays a visit to BLU Jazz+

November 18, 2014 -

We wanted to give a special thanks to Fox 8 Cleveland for coming down to the 330 to check out BLU Jazz+!
 
Great interviews with members of our team members including majority owner & Creative Director, Tony Troppe, and General Manager, Colin Cook. (Some nice video clips of the Joe Hunter Trio featuring Evelyn Wright, as well as shots of our popular menu items & signature cocktails!)


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BLU Jazz+ aims to bring jazz back to Akron

November 13, 2014 -

AKRON, OH (by Britny Kutuchief) – Two blocks north of Akron developer Tony Troppe’s new jazz club stands a monument to Hotel Matthews, a storied downtown Akron hotel that, in its heyday, put up jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Cab Calloway.
 
The hotel was torn down in the early 1980s, leaving behind a void, and an a not-so developed Howard Street that’s haunted by ghosts of jazz players past. Troppe’s new jazz club, BLU Jazz+, aims to restore the city’s jazz culture.
 
BLU is the brainchild of Troppe and his new V.P. of talent and events Mike Wyatt, a jazz saxophonist and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.


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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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Akron musicians break in jazz club

October 22, 2014 -

AKRON, OH (by Malcolm X Abram, Akron Beacon Journal) – Jazz music has a long and storied history in Northeast Ohio dating back to the days when clubs on Akron’s Howard Street and Cleveland venues such as Lindsay’s Sky bar were packed with fans.
 
The Cleveland-Akron area was a perfect midway point between megatropolises Chicago and New York and legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway made frequent stops.
 
Though jazz may not have the mainstream cache and popularity today, the scene in Northeast Ohio is still loaded with talented young and veteran players who are always looking for a good gig in a good room.
 
Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, musicians and fans will have a new downtown Akron venue to hear and see the best in local, national and international jazz with the inaugural kickoff of Blu Jazz+ on East Market Street.


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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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