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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 directly above BLU Jazz+ before the show for a great start to the evening!

 

BLU Jazz+ features Dinner & Show Packages in partnership with 3 Point Restaurant for select weekend shows (available for online purchase only).

 

For $30 per person + cost of show ticket, the Dinner & Show Package includes:

 

 

*Price excludes tax, tip, and beverages.

 

Upon purchasing a Dinner & Show Package, make sure to reserve your table at 3 Point Restaurant by calling (330) 535-6410 or by filling out the online form.

 

Plan to give yourself at least 90 minutes before showtime at 3 Point Restaurant 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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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 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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Tri-C JazzFest and BLU Jazz+ team up to present Gerald Clayton Trio, Berklee College of Music “Next Generation Jazz Ensemble” (directed by Terri Lyne Carrington)

March 12, 2015 -

(AKRON, OH) – The month of April is nationally recognized as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an annual event created to pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic genre of music. In partnership with Tri-C JazzFest (who celebrates their 36th season this year), BLU Jazz+ will be hosting a very special event, “Tri-C JazzFest Day in Akron,” on Thursday, April 16th, 2015!


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“BLU Jazz+: Jazz is Alive and Very Well in Akron” | Stark County About Magazine feature, March 2015 issue

March 10, 2015 -

(AKRON, OH), by Dan Kane – Downtown Akron nightspot BLU Jazz+ has brought the city’s jazz tradition back to vibrant life. Located in the same lively neighborhood as the Akron Art Museum, The Nightlight Cinema, Musica concert club and Crave restaurant, BLU is a sophisticated venue for live jazz, be it local, regional or national.
 
Cocktails, craft beers and a small-plates food menu – prepared by 3 Point Restaurant, located directly upstairs – round out the BLU experience.
 
“The Akron area is saturated in jazz talent, from up-and-coming artists to jazz students, and there’s a vibrant jazz history here. Akron had a series of jazz clubs all along the Howard Street district from the 1930s all the way up to the ’60s,” said Mike Wyatt, one of BLU’s owners and its vice president of talent and events.
 
The opening of BLU Jazz+ last October proved that Akron was craving a venue for live jazz of many flavors. “Our opening weekend was completely sold out, and we’ve seen a number of sold-out or close-to-capacity shows since,” Wyatt said.


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Interview: Akron Buzz with BLU Jazz+ General Manager, Colin Cook

March 3, 2015 -

(AKRON, OH) BLU Jazz+ General Manager, Colin Cook, sits down with Dan Mosher of Mosher Media to discuss how the concept for BLU got started, his background in fine dining, the food & cocktail program, and more!



Joey DeFrancesco brings jazz trio, including local guitarist Dan Wilson, to BLU Jazz+

February 13, 2015 -

(AKRON, OH) On Wednesday night, Akron’s BLU Jazz+ will welcome celebrated contemporary jazz player Joey DeFrancesco and his trio.
 
DeFrancesco is widely acknowledged as one of the best jazz organists alive. His resume as a sideman includes recording and/or performing with Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, John McLaughlin, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson and John Scofield, to name but a few.
 
He is also a respected solo artist and bandleader who has recorded more than 30 albums under his own name and regularly wins DownBeat magazine’s readers poll.
 
For his first show in Akron, DeFrancesco, who was inspired to learn trumpet after his stint with Davis, is bringing his new organ trio, which features two musicians with Northeast Ohio connections. Drummer Jason Brown is a graduate of Oberlin College, while guitarist Dan Wilson is a proud Akronite who has been a fixture on the local jazz scene for several years.
 
For Wilson, 30, who also maintains a phalanx of local guitar students, this is his first extensive tour as a sideman, and it’s already taken the up-and-coming guitarist to the other side of the country and on a jazz cruise packed with legends and respected players whom Wilson grew up admiring.


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