Upcoming Shows

We are excited to announce the upcoming shows for our fourth 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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Jan
24

Joe Hunter Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 24



A first-call pianist for many local, national, and international acts, Joe Hunter has established himself as one of the cornerstones of the Cleveland & Columbus jazz circuits.

 

Joe Hunter has been playing piano professionally since 1978 and his versatility has garnered him work with an array of artists. He attended Cleveland State University where a 1979 exchange program in Rio De Janeiro fueled his fascination for Brazilian rhythms. He returned to Brazil in 1981 to study at the Universidade Gamma Filho. From 1987 to 1996 he served on the Conservatory of Music faculty at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, He has performed with many national artists including Conti Condoli, Tito Puente, and Scott Hamilton, and is a favorite at many JazzFest events. Joe has been with the Tri-C Jazz Sudies program for several years and is co-host of the popular Song Is You! Series produced by Tri-C JazzFest.

 

Enjoy a cocktail and some midweek swingin’ jazz every Wednesday!

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8:00 pm

Free

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Jan
25

BLU Jazz Jam w/ Theron Brown Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making! Hosted by fan-favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his trio - presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF).

Thursday, January 25



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.

 

The BLU Jazz Jam is for musicians and music lovers alike! 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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8:00 pm

Free (donations accepted for BJMF)

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Jan
26

Becca Stevens Internationally acclaimed singer/composer/guitarist and GroundUP Music recording artist blurs the boundaries of folk, jazz, & pop in her highly-anticipated return to BLU with music from her latest album, Regina!

Friday, January 26



Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with her new album, Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I. This expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, to songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally to Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.

 

 

“I’ve found that by removing my plots from the storylines I’ve accessed more of my artistry than in my writing before,” says Stevens. “Even though my writing for Regina was inspired by other characters, I told their stories by means of relating to them on a personal level, which made them my stories too. Writing with Regina as my muse has allowed my art free rein to dance in new and unexpected directions.”

 

As for her muse for the album, Stevens explains, “Regina has become an alter ego, or an imaginary friend. Like a dream, she exists separate from me but is reliant upon my consciousness to exist. I carry her with me in everything now. So I guess you could say that neither ends; in Becca, there is always Regina, and in Regina, there is always Becca.”

 

Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that draw you in and stay with you.

 

The new album, Regina, was produced by Troy Miller, Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, and the legendary David Crosby.

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8:00 pm

$20 ($10 student w/ ID at door)

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Jan
27

Jeff & Tania Grubbs Quartet Focused on melody & simplicity, master bassist and jazz vocalist team hailing from Pittsburgh bring all-star quartet back to BLU! Featuring Jeff Grubbs, Tania Grubbs, Clifford Barnes, Dustin May.

Saturday, January 27



Cleveland, Ohio native, Jeff Grubbs, is a jazz bassist who for the past 20 years has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He received his musical training at Youngstown State University, The Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California.

 

In 1986, Jeff won one of Downbeat Magazine’s “Dee Bee” awards for Best Collegiate Bass Soloist, and has since performed in the local jazz scenes of Cleveland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Pittsburgh with a number of internationally recognized jazz artists including Nat Adderly, Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Kurt Elling, Roger Humphries, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, Chris Potter, Diane Schur, Lonnie Smith, Ira Sullivan, Billy Taylor, Joe Williams, Ramsey Lewis.

 

Jeff is currently adjunct Double Bass professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University, Florida International University, Clark-Atlanta University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Brevard Music School, Slippery Rock University and as Associate Professor of Jazz Double Bass at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

 

Join us and experience one of the most exciting jazz groups in the area for yourself, live in concert at BLU – get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

$15

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Jan
31

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, January 31



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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Feb
1

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Boardman High School & Youngstown State University Join us at BLU Jazz+ as we feature our area's top high school & collegiate jazz programs in a special concert series! This showcase will include performances by the talented groups from Boardman High School & Youngstown State University!

Thursday, February 1



Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, our 4th annual BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series continues as we feature the talented student ensembles from Boardman High School (7PM) & Youngstown State University (8:30PM)! Proceeds from this event are split among the schools and the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, so bring your friends and family out and support these awesome local student groups!

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7:00 pm

$15 (FREE for students w/ ID at door)

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Feb
2

Daniel Weatherspoon Grammy® Award winning producer and Billboard & iTunes chart-topping contemporary jazz artist brings his soulful & funky sound to the Rubber City by way of Nashville in a not-to-miss BLU debut!

Friday, February 2



Grammy® Award wining producer Daniel Weatherspoon’s new album, “The Langley Park Project,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album Chart.

 

Amassing several RIAA certified Gold and Platinum records, Daniel’s client roster includes award-winning recording artists such as Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Carl Thomas, Paula Abdul, BeBe Winans, Cece Winans, Mary Mary, as well as several notable organizations, including the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), BMI, ASCAP and The Recording Acadamy.

 

 

Daniel’s approach and new album is swiftly branding a new perspective on Modern Day Fusion Jazz – filled with the sound of high energy to the calmness of soul soothing music. Don’t miss this very special show – get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

$20

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Feb
3

Bob Lanzetti Brooklyn-based guitarist / composer / producer and member of 3x Grammy® award-winning jazz/funk collective, Snarky Puppy, brings his own project to the Rubber City in BLU debut!

Saturday, February 3



Bob Lanzetti is a Brooklyn, NY based professional guitarist, composer, producer, and educator. He has performed and recorded with many artists throughout the NYC area as well as played in over 40 countries with the three time Grammy® award-winning jazz/funk collective, Snarky Puppy.

 

 

Growing up on the Jersey Shore, Bob had the fortune of studying music with NYC area based guitar greats Chris Buono, David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, and Vic Juris. In 2000, Bob moved to Denton, TX to further his education at the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. In addition to his studies he was fortunate enough to get involved in the thriving R&B and Gospel music scene in the DFW area as well as meet the musicians who would go on to form the core of Snarky Puppy.

 

As a member of Snarky Puppy, Bob has had the opportunity to contribute as a writer, arranger, and guitarist, playing on every recorded release and performing all over the world. The Pups have earned three GRAMMY Awards to date. Best R&B Performance in 2014 (“Something” featuring Lalah Hathaway), and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017 (“Sylva” with Metropole Orkest and “Culcha Vulcha”, respectively).

 

Since 2006, Bob has been residing in Brooklyn, NY. There he has become an in-demand session guitarist performing and recording with many artists including Tommy Sims, Bokanté, Michelle Willis, Cory Henry, Ghost-Note (Robert “Sput” Searight/Nate Werth), Lucy Woodward, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Banda Magda, Underground System, and many others.

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8:00 pm

$15

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Feb
3

On a Limb Join us at BLU as we welcome the unique & highly-interactive improvisational sound of this young, exciting trio by way of the Queen City! Featuring Andrew Haug, Noah Simionides, Charlie Schefft.

Saturday, February 3



Cincinnati-based trio, On a Limb, consists of Andrew Haug (p), Noah Simionides (b), and Charlie Schefft (d). The band takes an improvisational approach to original compositions as well as interpretations of their favorite music (John Coltrane, Sufjan Stevens, Chopin, The Beatles, etc.). On a Limb was featured at the 2017 Dayton Jazz Festival, shared the stage with Glenn Zaleski Trio, and frequently performs with critically-acclaimed group, Animal Mother.

 

Each member brings their individual personality to the group to create a unique and highly-interactive sound. The band’s deep chemistry allows them to be vulnerable and express themselves openly. On a Limb is one of the most exciting and original piano trios in Cincinnati.

 

Join us at BLU for a special weekend late night set featuring some great young jazz talent from the Queen City – get your tickets now!

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11:00 pm

Free

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Feb
7

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, February 7



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!

[read more]

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, 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.
   
 

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