Upcoming Shows

We are excited to announce the upcoming shows for our third season at BLU Jazz+! Additional dates & performers will continue to be added, so check back often to catch your favorite artists at Northeast Ohio’s premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits!
 
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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Aug
16

Jackie Warren Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 16



Jackie Warren, a cornerstone of the Cleveland jazz & salsa scenes, is one of the most in-demand pianists in the area and has rightfully earned the nickname “Cleveland’s First Lady of Jazz.” As an educator, she has taught at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), and maintains a private studio. Ms. Warren has shared the stage with giants in both the jazz & salsa idioms, including David Fathead Newman, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Othello Molineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, & Jimmy Heath to name a few.

 

Enjoy dinner, cocktails and some midweek swingin’ jazz every Wednesday!

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8:00 pm

Free

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Aug
17

“Salsa & Bachata Thursdays” Latin Dance Party Join us for our new "3rd Thursdays" summer series at BLU as host DJ Yama spins some red-hot dance music to make you move! Each "Salsa & Bachata Thursday" kicks off with a free dance lesson at 8PM - come party with us!

Thursday, August 17



BLU Jazz+ and Gala Events invite you to enjoy our new “Salsa & Bachata Thursdays” Latin Dance Party at BLU Jazz+ on the 3rd Thursday of each month featuring a fun, energy-packed atmosphere and the best Latin dance music in the area!

 

DJ Yama will be spinning the very best & latest Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-Cha & more!  We will kick off the evening with a free dance lesson at 8:00PM, so this makes the perfect event for beginner dancers, too!  Mix & mingle over great music, great company, drink specials and amazing food, get your tickets now!

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9:00 pm

$5 (FREE for students w/ ID at door)

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Aug
18

Dred Scott Trio Dubbed a "sly pianist-raconteur" by the New York Times, renowned Brooklyn pianist & Ropeadope recording artist returns to the town of his alma mater (The University of Akron) with his heady "downtown cool" brand of modern & extroverted jazz! Featuring Ben Rubin, Diego Voglin.

Friday, August 18



With his seventh album, jazz pianist Dred Scott and his Trio deliver a hefty helping of the downtown cool that has earned them one of the most fervent followings on the New York jazz scene. Featuring upright bassist and producer Ben Rubin and drummer Tony Mason, Live at the Rockwood Music Hall, out now on Ropeadope Digital, is a two-session masterpiece which documents the trio’s open-ended engagement (four years and counting) at this popular Lower East Side venue. The record includes six Dred Scott originals as well as covers of artists ranging from saxophonist Bill McHenry to Black Sabbath. All About Jazz declares: “Live at the Rockwood Music Hall is a beautiful showcase of this dynamic piano trio.”

 

 

 

The Dred Scott Trio delivers a cheeky change of pace from the buttoned-up shush-y vibe of the usual jazz club fare. The music itself is heady, jazzy, and deep enough to please the hardest-core jazz fan, yet remains remarkably accessible. Audiences eat up Dred’s unique and compelling piano style and blistering, high-larious verbal “dispatches” from the stage that make the crowd part of the show, and answer in the affirmative Frank Zappa’s classic rhetorical question, “Does humor belong in music?” By 2 am every Tuesday, usually after a swinging treatment of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” or an R-rated barnburner of Dred’s avant-garde “Mojo Rhythm, Son of Yaah!,” someone’s overheard gurgling, “I used to think jazz sucked, but this ROCKS!” Yes, that same someone invariably throws up, passes out, and gets the boot, but the sentiment remains sincere.

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8:00 pm

$15

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Aug
18

Late Night Jazz Jam w/ Tommy Lehman Akron native & young lion trumpeter hosts special late night summertime jam session - bring your horn & join in!

Friday, August 18



The Late Night Jazz Jam is for musicians and music lovers alike, and will begin right after the Dred Scott Trio show! Come hang, have a drink (if you’re of age), and experience this exciting forum for musical expression. Bring your “axe” and play through tunes, pick up licks, trade 4’s, and enjoy the camaraderie of having a gathering place for the area’s finest professional jazz musicians (as well as the up-and-comers)!

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11:00 pm

no cover

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Aug
19

Joshua Breakstone – “Soft Hands: Jazz Ethereal” Masterful jazz guitarist & recording artist celebrates release of his PBS documentary, "Soft Hands," with an intimate film screening (6PM) and live concert event (8PM) in BLU debut!
Film Screening + Concert

Saturday, August 19



“Fire in velvet. A fitting description of Joshua Breakstone’s jazz guitar,” wrote Paul Weidman in The Sante Fe New Mexican. “His flowing lines on up-tempo cookers are impeccably clean and fiery, bearing the mark of a first-rate improviser, while his chordal work on heartbreaker ballads is the final word in finesse,” has raved Guitar Player magazine. Japan’s Jazz Hihyo (aka Jazz Critique) recognizes that “The style in which Joshua develops his fluid single-note solos used to be thought of as the Grant Green school, but now this man leads the school. Downbeat also has written that “there is no shortage of young, knock-out jazz guitarists about us these days. And Joshua Breakstone is among the best of them.”

 

Joshua Breakstone was born July 22, 1955 in Elizabeth, NJ. Through his music loving parents he was exposed to Broadway shows, Broadway show cast recordings, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Through his older sisters he was exposed to all kinds of other music- including jazz and rock and roll. “My sister Jill worked for the light show at The Fillmore East where I could hear all the bands regularly, especially my then-favorites Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa.”

 

 

“I picked up the guitar around the time I was 14 and began playing with an interesting high school group called Moon Unit which consisting of guitar, bass, drums, organ, and flute. It wasn’t your typical late sixties rock and roll instrumentation. I was exposed to jazz regularly as a kid, but it never caught my ear, until I heard Lee Morgan. Lee’s sound was exciting and made me want to hear more jazz. The first jazz people who turned me on were trumpet players, then I heard Charlie Parker.”

 

“The fire Lee Morgan played with grabbed me immediately,” he says, “and the way both he and Clifford Brown fully articulated each note has been an ideal toward which I work with regard to the sound I try and get on the guitar. When I heard Bird, I knew I wanted to play like him in the sense of playing things which are meaningful, emotional, and, more than anything else, irresistibly beautiful. The guitar is a real challenge because it tends to be a very visual instrument and lends itself to patterns. In a way, I try and get away from the guitar and into the world where music exists in and of itself, where ideas, articulation and sound exist apart and away from the instrument.”

 

Don’t miss this very special evening at BLU! Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Joshua Hassel, has produced a wonderful piece that follows this legendary guitarist all across the globe – catch Joshua in concert at BLU, get your tickets today!

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6:00 pm, 8:00 pm

$15

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Aug
23

Jackie Warren Northeast Ohio jazz & salsa pianist sensation brings her high-energy artistry to BLU for a very special midweek show! Featured guests often join the area's "First Lady of Jazz" for a tune or two - don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 23



Jackie Warren, a cornerstone of the Cleveland jazz & salsa scenes, is one of the most in-demand pianists in the area and has rightfully earned the nickname “Cleveland’s First Lady of Jazz.” As an educator, she has taught at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), and maintains a private studio. Ms. Warren has shared the stage with giants in both the jazz & salsa idioms, including David Fathead Newman, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Othello Molineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, & Jimmy Heath to name a few.

 

Enjoy dinner, cocktails and some midweek swingin’ jazz every Wednesday!

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8:00 pm

Free

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Aug
24

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future, presented by Open Tone Music! Featuring a performance by the Theron Brown Trio followed by an open jam session!

Thursday, August 24



Join us as we kick off the 2nd Annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival with a FREE performance by Akron’s own piano sensation, Theron Brown, and his trio followed by an open jam session!

 

Bring the whole family downtown throughout the weekend and enjoy more FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists on several stages downtown (BLU Jazz+, Akron Art Museum, Akron Public Library, High St. Hop House, Lock 3, Maiden Lane, Musica, The Nightlight, Uncorked Wine Bar & the Akron Civic Center) to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future.

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8:00 pm

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Aug
25

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future, presented by Open Tone Music! Featuring a performance by Akron's own funky soul band, The Admirables (8PM), fronted by saxophonist Nathan-Paul Davis plus a special opening set by Open Tone Music Academy students (7:30PM)!

Friday, August 25



Join us as we continue the 2nd Annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival with a FREE performance by Akron’s own funky soul band, The Admirables, fronted by saxophonist Nathan-Paul Davis plus a special opening set by Open Tone Music Academy students!

 

Bring the whole family downtown throughout the weekend and enjoy more FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists on several stages downtown (BLU Jazz+, Akron Art Museum, Akron Public Library, High St. Hop House, Lock 3, Maiden Lane, Musica, The Nightlight, Uncorked Wine Bar & the Akron Civic Center) to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future.

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7:30 pm

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Aug
26

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival Bring the whole family and enjoy FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future, presented by Open Tone Music! Featuring performances throughout the day & evening by Chris Coles' Gleam, Sam Blakeslee Quintet, Dave Thompson Trio, Glenn Holmes Quartet, Bobby Selvaggio Red Rhinoceros and Sammy DeLeon y Su Orquesta!

Saturday, August 26



Join us as the 2nd Annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival continues in Downtown Akron!

 

Bring the whole family downtown throughout the weekend and enjoy more FREE jazz & blues musical performances from local and national artists on several stages downtown (BLU Jazz+, Akron Art Museum, Akron Public Library, High St. Hop House, Lock 3, Maiden Lane, Musica, The Nightlight, Uncorked Wine Bar & the Akron Civic Center) to benefit youth education programming for the children of the future.


 

BLU Jazz+ Stage

    • 12:30PM – 1:15PM
      Chris Coles’ Gleam
    • 1:30PM – 2:15PM
      Sam Blakeslee Quintet
    • 2:30PM – 3:15PM
      Dave Thompson Trio
    • 3:30PM – 4:15PM
      Glenn Holmes Quartet
    • 5:00PM – 5:45PM
      Bobby Selvaggio’s Red Rhinoceros
    • 10:30PM – midnight
      Sammy DeLeon y Su Orquesta

*  (all events are free, open to public, available on first-come, first-serve basis)

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12:30 pm

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Aug
30

Possibilities Oberlin Conservatory alumni and jazz recording artists bring the music from their acclaimed new album, "Get 'Em," to the Rubber City in BLU debut! Featuring Tim Bennett, Peter Manheim, Dan Stein.

Wednesday, August 30



Possibilities is a trio that developed out of the close kinship of three musicians, Tim Bennett, Peter Manheim, and Dan Stein.

 

After meeting as 18 year olds in 2007, they became integral in each other’s musical and personal development. They sought wisdom from the older generation of jazz musicians, but also learned from each other, personalizing and implementing the knowledge passed down to them from their mentors in rehearsals and performances. Possibilities soon developed their own musical language, and after a few years of playing realized that there was something unique and passionate that occurred every time they performed.

 

Years later, after individually pursuing professional careers in music, they found that although they were playing with notable musicians in many different contexts, nothing felt quite like the music they made as a trio. Possibilities started performing again and recorded their debut full length album, “Get ‘Em”, which was released to wide acclaim in April 2017. With an effortless approach to group improvisation, every performance is completely different than the last, and always results in an intensely soulful dialogue between the musicians and the audience.

 

Catch this up-and-coming group of jazz stars in a special midweek summer show – no cover!

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8:00 pm

Free

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

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