JazzWorks was originally founded in 2009 to be a resident ensemble of Tri-C JazzFest with a working collective of Northeast Ohio musicians showcasing their skills as composers, arrangers and performers. Since 2009, JazzWorks has re-imagined the works of legendary artists such as McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jim Hall and The Liberation Music Orchestra with Charlie Haden.
While the presentation of repertoire material is part of the vision, there has always been an emphasis on presenting the new music and/or arrangements by members of JazzWorks. The following is a chronological look at our past performances at Tri C JazzFest:
|2009:||The Music of McCoy Tyner||2010:||The Music of the Liberation Music Orchestra featuring Charlie Haden||2011:||Miles & Trane featuring Benny Golson and Ndugu Chancler||2012:||Original Music by members of JazzWorks||2013:||Tribute to Dexter Gordon featuring Javon Jackson||2015:||Tribute to guitarist Jim Hall||2016:||Tribute to Chick Corea|
JazzWorks frequently performs in jazz clubs and concert venues in N.E. Ohio and its members are very active as educators, adjudicators, and guest artists throughout the United States. Experience some of the best jazz talent our region has to offer – get your tickets today! Featuring Howie Smith (alto sax), John Klayman (tenor sax), Jack Schantz (trumpet), Chris Anderson (trombone), Bob Ferrazza (guitar), Theron Brown (piano), Aidan Plank (bass), Reggie Jackson (drums).
|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.|