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!


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!

Construction Update #4

September 20, 2014 -

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!

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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Construction Update #3

September 7, 2014 -

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!

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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Construction Update #2

August 26, 2014 -

Things are really taking shape here at BLU Jazz+! We are starting to get to the “fun” stuff – painting, installation of fixtures, applying finishes and awaiting the delivery of furniture, equipment & more!

Construction Update

June 4, 2014 -

We wanted to share some photos of the progress being made at BLU Jazz+! A very special thanks to our friend, Weston Lott, for providing us with this sneak peek as seen below.

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…)


BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
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.