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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Mar
29

A Love Electric: “Psychomonde” Sensational Ropeadope Sur Records guitarist/vocalist, Todd Clouser, fronts energetic & exciting progressive jazz rock trio from Mexico City in support of acclaimed new album, "Psychomonde!" Featuring Todd Clauser, Hernan Hecht, Aaron Cruz.

Wednesday, March 29



A Love Electric is a critically acclaimed rock trio born out of Mexico City’s jazz scene. Todd Clouser, of Minneapolis, MN, USA, Hernan Hecht, a longtime MX resident from Argentina, and Aaron Cruz, a Mexico City native, formed a band that over 4 years, 4 records, and nearly 500 concerts, has consistently accomplished the uncommon, making music on their own terms and touring the world.

 

From cities throughout Mexico, the United States, and on tours through Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Morocco, to Panama, and through Argentina to Patagonia, A Love Electric has won fans and praise from critics for its energetic and altruistic approach to creating and performing. “Blistering”, says the Prague Post of the A Love Electric experience, NPR says “fascinating”, Time Out Barcelona “illuminating”, and MX City’s major newspaper La Jornada “a hit, one of the most progressive and important groups of recent years.”

 

Get your tickets now to experience this eclectic jazz rock group as they make a special Midwest stop on their 2017 US tour!

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7:00 pm

$10

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Mar
30

BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series presents: Ellet High School 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 Ellet High School under the direction of Adam Grom!

Thursday, March 30



Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, our 3rd annual BLU Jazz+ Student All-Stars Concert Series continues as we feature the talented student ensembles from Ellet High School, under the direction of Adam Grom! Proceeds from this event are split between Ellet High School’s jazz program and the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, so bring your friends and family out and show your support for these awesome local groups!

 

Jazz has long been a vital part of the Ellet High School Music experience and the Ellet Jazz Ensemble has had the pleasure of performing in festivals from Cleveland, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky and places in between. The current Ensemble, mostly 9th and 10th graders, is a glimpse into the future of jazz at Ellet High School. We hope you enjoy hearing what these budding jazz artists are developing and we appreciate your support of their efforts.

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7:00 pm

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

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Mar
31

Peter & Will Anderson Trio New York City twin brother woodwind virtuosos swing back into Akron for a special one-night-only return appearance at BLU with a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert event (8PM)!
Masterclass + Concert

Friday, March 31



“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary duos in jazz performing today. Born in Washington, D.C. they began music at age 9 and listened to Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. Soon after, at age 15, they toured the United Kingdom. After several years of study in D.C. with Texas-native saxophonist Paul Carr, Peter and Will attended Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. Peter and Will’s expertise has made them saxophonists of choice for Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Village Vanguard Orchestra.

 

They’ve headlined at NYC’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, D.C.’s Blues Alley, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Sarasota FL Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, the Central Illinois Jazz Festival, Pennsylvania’s Deer Head Inn, Long Island’s Guild Hall, and Alfie in Tokyo. They’ve led several month-long running jazz concerts at 59E59 Theaters; the most recent, “Le Jazz Hot,” broke box-office sales records and was nominated for a 2014 Drama Desk award.

 

Join us in welcoming the Anderson Brothers in their swingin’ return to BLU Jazz+, get your tickets today!

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6:00 pm, 8:00 pm

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

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Apr
1

Emmet Cohen Award-winning young pianist extraordinaire swings back into BLU from New York City with his all-star trio! Co-presented with The BOP Stop at the Music Settlement, featuring Emmet Cohen, Russell Hall, Evan Sherman.

Saturday, April 1



Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. DownBeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest level of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an expansive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

 

 

In addition, Emmet Cohen has established a comprehensive role in the world of the creative arts that extends beyond performing. He is avid about the inter-generational transfer of artistic knowledge, history, and traditions. Himself an alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation, he now produces and directs multidisciplinary high school YoungArts programs nationally that employ creative writing, theater, dance, visual arts, cinematography, music, voice, and jazz. Through designing student curricula and selecting master artists as teachers and mentors, Cohen is in his element, connecting effectively with multi-generational performers and audiences.

 

Cohen visits 50 schools yearly through Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” program and regularly presents jazz history and performance lectures. To honor the pioneers of America’s unique musical idiom, Cohen is producing the “Masters Legacy Series,” a celebratory set of recordings and interviews honoring legendary jazz musicians–he is the pianist on the first recording featuring Miles Davis drummer Jimmy Cobb. Additionally, Cohen has been involved with interdisciplinary programs directed by choreographers Debbie Allen and Bill T. Jones.

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8:00 pm

$15 (advance), $20 (door)

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Apr
2

East-Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band: “Tribute to Tadd Dameron” Join us for a very special centennial celebration of legendary Northeast Ohio composer & arranger, Tadd Dameron, as Dr. Kent Engelhardt & Steve Enos assemble an all-star ensemble to perform the music from Dameron's 1962 album, “The Magic Touch!"

Sunday, April 2



In the history of jazz, composers and arrangers have played a significant role in both small groups and big bands. This is certainly the case with Tadd Dameron, considered by many to be one of the most important jazz composers. His work with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and with his own small groups and big bands are well known. However, very little of his music is commercially available today, especially the music from The Magic Touch, his last recording project as a leader. Even though some of the pieces were published by Bregman, Vocco, and Conn for the “educational market for big-band jazz, which was still relatively new,” they are now out of print. The recording of The Magic Touch, with a band consisting of jazz stars, took place on February 27, March 9, and April 16, 1962. Ten pieces were recorded including Dameron’s originals “On A Misty Night,” “Fontainbleau,” “Just Plain Talkin’,” “If You Could See Me Now,” “Our Delight,” “Dial B For Beauty,” “Look, Stop And Listen,” “Bevan’s Birthday,” and “Swift As The Wind,” as well as a collaboration with lyricist Bernie Hanighen titled “You’re A Joy.”

 

Northeast Ohio jazz directors, Dr. Kent Englehardt and Steve Enos, assembled a group of musicians/educators from the East Central Area, representing Tri-C, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, Slippery Rock University, Duquesne University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati, each member holding them in high esteem both as musicians and people.

 

Join us at BLU Jazz+ for this very special centennial celebration of Tadd Dameron’s legacy through the peformance of one of his milestone album contributions, “The Magic Touch.”

 

Featuring Kent Engelhardt, David Sterner, Mike Tomaro, David Kana, Tom Reed, Steve Hawk, Joe Badaczewski, Scott Belck, Steve Enos, David Brockett, Sam Blakeslee, Mark Mauldin, Phil DeGreg, Dave Morgan, Jim Rupp, & Erin Keckan.

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6:00 pm

$15 / $20 ($10 student w/ ID at door)

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Apr
5

Jackie Warren (solo piano) Our Solo Piano Wednesday series showcases the finest pianists in the greater Northeast Ohio area every Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 5



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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7:00 pm

no cover

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Apr
6

BLU Jazz Big Band Residency w/ the Sam Blakeslee Large Group ft. Jim Rupp: “Celebrating the Composers of The Village Vanguard” Join us for our "first Thursdays" big band residency led by trombonist/composer, Sam Blakeslee, with special guest artist - drummer Jim Rupp! Featuring the music of legendary big band composers Thad Jones, Jim McNeely & Bob Brookmeyer!

Thursday, April 6



We have a very special evening in store as we celebrate the composers of New York City’s legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard, performing the music of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer & Jim McNeely!  Holding down the drum chair will be very special guest, drummer Jim Rupp!  Rupp has done extensive touring with the bands of Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson & Glenn Miller, with additional performance and tour highlights including Diane Schuur, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Hank Marr, Buddy DeFranco, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, John Fedchock & Natalie Cole, to name a few.

 

 

While bandleader Sam Blakeslee leads many of his own projects, The Sam Blakeslee Large Group is his unique signature. The ensemble is a high-energy 17-piece contemporary jazz orchestra that features original music of his or other members of the group. Its repertoire is an exciting mix of hip-hop, contemporary classical music, as well as hard-swinging traditional jazz styles. The members of the group are some of the most creative and innovative players and composers in the Northeast Ohio area. One of the goals of the group is to also create a larger regional network of musicians by bringing in artists from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and NYC.

 

Join us every “first Thursday” of the month to experience the thriving sounds of our Northeast Ohio jazz scene – get your tickets early for this very special show!  Featuring Bobby Selvaggio, Nathan Davis, Chris Coles, Johnny Cochran, Brad Wagner, Scott McKee, Joe Badaczewski, Ed Kline, Jack Schantz, Sam Blakeslee, Caleb Smith, Max Brady, Mark Mauldin, Theron Brown, Dave Morgan, Jim Rupp.

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8:00 pm

$10 (half of proceeds go to BJMF)

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Apr
7

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: “Afro-Cuban Explosion” ft. Michael Philip Mossman Grammy-nominated New York trumpeter, composer and Oberlin graduate, Michael Philip Mossman, joins the CJO in a dynamic exploration of the intersection of music from Africa, Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean - "Night in Tunisia," Mambo, Montuno, Salsa, Samba and more!

Friday, April 7



For 31 years, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been Northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by trombonist, composer & arranger, Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio. The CJO aims for worldwide recognition in cooperation with guest artists, and looks to shepherd young musicians toward the future of jazz. This season exemplifies this mission and vision through a variety of new music, new compositions and arrangements, and a stellar line-up of well-known guest artists and young up-and-coming talent.

 

After stints as lead trumpet with the Machito Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Michael Philip Mossman became the musical director of Blue Note Records’ group, Out of the Blue, with whom he recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jon Faddis, George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Steve Turre, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Tom Pierson, Benny Carter, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, and Count Basie Orchestras. Michael has played lead trumpet with the Michel Camilo Big Band, the Jon Faddis Orchestra, the Chico O’Farrill Orchestra, and the Jimmy Heath Big Band among many others.

 

Since then, Mr. Mossman has been a key performer in Latin jazz. He has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O’Farrill, Ray Barretto, Daniel Ponce, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Paquito D’Rivera, Bebo Valdez and Michel Camilo. He has performed classical and contemporary classical pieces with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Naumburg Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Composers’ Guild, the Garden State Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, and the contemporary ensemble Secret Cosmos. He has recorded Daniel Schnyder’s Sonata for Trumpet, and two solo classical albums for MM1.

 

Michael was nominated for a 2013 Grammy award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his Afro-Latin Ellington Suite. He has composed and arranged music for the films Bossa Nova and Chico and Rita (which was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award). His ballet Beneath the Mask was performed by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra with the Deeply Rooted Dance Company (choreographed by Mayte Vicens). Mr. Mossman has conducted the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra in Spain, and has composed and arranged scores for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tri-Cities Symphony, Joe Henderson’s Grammy-winning Big Band album, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basic Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra, Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera, the UMO Orchestra of Finland, the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, WDR of Cologne, HR Bigband of Frankfurt, HGM Bigband of Zagreb, Danish Radio Big Band, the Andalucia Latin Jazz Big Band, Heineken Jazz Festival Orchestra (Puerto Rico), Granada Bigband, Sedajazz Latin Jazz Ensemble, and Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit.

 

Join us as the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra makes their return appearance to BLU Jazz+ with very special guest, Michael Philip Mossman – get your tickets now!

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8:00 pm

$25 (advance), $30 (door)

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Apr
8

Justo Saborit & Latin Soul Native Cuban guitar extraordinaire leads his fresh & exciting band, Latin Soul, in a roarin' return to BLU! Featuring Adrian Saborit, Nathan Melendez, Luis Medina, Robert Roman.

Saturday, April 8



Justo Saborit is a native of Havana, Cuba where he began his music studies. Justo has studied and performed various styles ranging from classical, blues, jazz, rock & R&B. He has created a sound that is very refreshing and yet distinctive. The sound is a result of his love for the instrument, a blend of the mastered styles of music, and his native roots making the sound complete. His latest CD, “Rumbale” is a guitar masterpiece filled with exotic compositions that take you on a journey of the world.

 

Justo gained notoriety in 2008 as host of the very popular Latin Jazz/Latin soul Radio program on 107.3 The Wave of out Cleveland, Ohio which he hosted for 2 years. Shortly thereafter he had the opportunity to perform with some well known artists from the world of Jazz, such as Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Roy Ayers and Hiroshima. “Performing in front of a live audience is the most rewarding part of the business,” says Justo.

 

With four records to his credit and a live show that is sure to win over audiences every time, the future has never looked better. Join us in welcoming Justo Saborit & Latin Soul back to the BLU Jazz+ stage, get tickets now!

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8:00 pm

$15

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Apr
12

Rose Colella & Dan Bruce Duo Known for highly personalized arrangements of standard jazz repertoire and Brazilian Bossa Nova, join us as this swingin' Chicago-based jazz duo makes their BLU debut - featuring special guest, Sam Blakeslee!

Wednesday, April 12



The Rose Colella & Dan Bruce duo is a fixture on Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, frequently performing as a duo, but also working alone and together with many other musicians in a great variety of ensembles. The duo is known for highly personalized arrangements of standard jazz repertoire and Brazilian Bossa Nova. The duo performs at many of Chicago’s finest jazz venues including The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, and Katerina’s. Bruce and Colella have also performed throughout the region, the Midwest and Canada. They were recently featured in a special live radio broadcast for WDCB FM in Chicago.

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear this very special and hard-swinging duo in their BLU debut!

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7:00 pm

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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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