New Year’s Eve Celebration w/ Theron Brown (“‘Round Midnight” Show) Join us as fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band ring in the New Year -AND- his 31st birthday at BLU, featuring Chris Coles, Tommy Lehman, Dan Wilson, Jordan McBride & Zaire Darden! Tickets include: admission to show, heavy hors d'oeuvres, butlered wine & a champagne toast at midnight!
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Sunday, December 31

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 with fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band featuring Chris Coles (saxophone), Tommy Lehman (trumpet), Dan Wilson (guitar), Jordan McBride (bass) & Zaire Darden (drums)!
Make a night out of New Year’s Eve and spend it at our modern-day, upscale jazz “speakeasy!” Tickets to the 10:30PM New Year’s Eve “‘Round Midnight” Show include: admission to show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, butlered wine & a champagne toast at midnight!

Akron-based jazz pianist, Theron Brown, is a frequent performer and jam session bandleader at BLU Jazz+. Influenced at a young age by Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, & Art Tatum, Brown has played with musicians such as Dan Wilson, Sean Jones, The Huntertones (formerly DW6), The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Bad Plus Band, Chris Coles, The Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble, Javon Jackson, Snarky Puppy, Donny McCaslin, Peter White, Walter Beasley, Christian McBride, Ken Peplowski, Gary Smulyan, The Admirables, University of Akron Ensembles, Nathan Davis, and Bobby Selvaggio.
Theron has played at venues and events such as: The Lincoln Theater (Columbus, Ohio), Small’s Jazz Club (New York, New York), The Montreal Jazz Festival (Montreal, Canada), The Tri-C Jazz Festival (Cleveland, Ohio), The Toronto Jazz Festival (Toronto, Canada), The Blue Plum Jazz Festival (Johnson City, Tennessee), BLU Jazz+ (Akron, Ohio), Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Palace de Arts (Montreal, Canada), Sapporo Concert Hall (Sapporo, Japan), Olympus Hall Hachiouji, Tokyo Kokusai Forum Hall C, (Tokyo, Japan), Sun Plaza Hall (Sendai, Japan), Ishikawa Kenritsu Ongakudo (Kanazawa, Japan), and Izumi No Mori Hall (Urayasu, Japan).
In 2014, Theron came across an amazing opportunity, when he was encouraged by family and friends; he auditioned for and was cast as young Herbie Hancock in the soon to be released film, Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. The film is an intimate look into the life of jazz artist, Miles Davis, and was released in April 2016.

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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.