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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Jun
15

“Brazilian Dance Party” ft. Paulo Costa Trio Celebrate the music of Brazil as this sizzlin' group brings their energetic & danceable interpretations of bossa nova, samba, forró, baião & frevo to the BLU stage! Featuring Paulo Costa, Felipe Brito, Davi Lira.

Thursday, June 15



The Paulo Costa Trio is the culmination of three Brazilian friends that inspire audiences with their passion for Brazilian music. Lead singer & guitarist, Paulo Costa, trombonist Felipe Brito, and percussionist Davi Lira, bring together the energetic and rhythmically unique styles of bossa nova, samba, forró, maracatu, baião, and frevo.

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience this wonderful group as they make their BLU debut — bring your dancing shoes and get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

$12

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Jun
16

“East Coast Meets West Coast” with Dave Banks Big Band ft. Jimmy Mulidore The Rubber City's own wildly popular & hard-swingin' big band brings the flavors of the New York City & Los Angeles jazz scenes to Akron, featuring legendary Las Vegas saxophonist and renowned bandleader, Jimmy Mulidore!

Friday, June 16



Trumpeter & bandleader David Banks has returned to the Northeast Ohio area after a twenty-year career in Las Vegas, Nevada. He performed in over 4,000 shows there including numerous top production shows – including six years with the “City Lights” Show at the Flamingo Hilton and the “Moulin Rouge” at the Las Vegas Hilton.

 

He worked with virtually every major entertainer in show business on the famous Las Vegas Strip and also was a member of the renowned Lou Elias Relief Orchestra. He also found time to perform with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Nevada Chamber Orchestra.

 

It was in Las Vegas where Banks linked up with legendary West Coast saxophonist & renowned bandleader, Jimmy Mulidore, whose resume includes performances with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, & Louis Armstrong. Moving to Las Vegas in 1957 provided Mulidore the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business. He began working at the renown Sands Hotel and Casino with the Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Dean Martin. By 1969, Jimmy was musical director at the Las Vegas Hilton, a position he held for eighteen years (and where he also shared the bandstand with trumpeter Dave Banks).

 

Join us at BLU for this very swingin’ show that is sure to bring the East Coast & West Coast jazz sounds together for a dynamic sound all its own! Get your tickets early (as they sell quickly) and enjoy the music of Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Tom Kubis, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Michael Abene and many more!

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8:00 pm

$20 (advance), $25 (door)

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Jun
17

“The Vegas Player”: Jimmy Mulidore Quartet Legendary Las Vegas woodwind master & renowned bandleader, whose resume includes performances with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, & Louis Armstrong - brings the swagger of the Vegas Strip to Akron's Main & Market for an evening of hard-swingin' bop, blues & more!

Saturday, June 17



Woodwind master, author and West Coast entertainer, Jimmy Mulidore, didn’t just witness Las Vegas in the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s – he lived it. From his humble beginnings in Youngstown, OH to the heights of Las Vegas, playing beside his mentor, James Moody, Mulidore’s career reads like a who’s who of showbiz royalty.

 

Moving to Las Vegas in 1957 provided Mulidore the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the business. He began working at the renown Sands Hotel and Casino with the Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Dean Martin. Then he moved to the Rancho Vegas, a real hot spot in the sixties. By 1969, Jimmy was musical director at the Las Vegas Hilton, a position he held for eighteen years. In this role, Jimmy conducted for an array of stars including: Liberace, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Raquel Welch, Pearl Bailey and Louis Armstrong. He also worked with Elvis. One of his most memorable performances was Elvis’ Closing Night at the Las Vegas Hilton when Elvis acknowledged Jimmy’s outstanding flute solo in the “American Trilogy.”

 

After leaving the Hilton in 1987, Jimmy started touring as Jimmy Mulidore’s Jazz All Stars. This tour featured Mulidore’s mentor and friend, jazz legend, James Moody. For nearly twenty years now, Jimmy has been dedicated to playing jazz. He has played in Europe, Italy, Mexico and through out the United States.

 

Jimmy has played with some of the great jazz musicians such as, Tony Bennett, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Shelley Manne, Red Rodney, Richie Cole, Phil Woods, and many more.

 

Don’t miss this very special one-night-only event at BLU Jazz+ as we bring the swagger of the Vegas Strip to Akron’s Main & Market for an evening of hard-swingin’ bop, blues & more!

 

Get your tickets while they last for this very special East Coast return engagement featuring Jimmy Mulidore – the show will conclude with a Meet & Greet with Jimmy and the band, who will be on hand to sign copies of his book, DVD’s, and CD’s!

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8:00 pm

$15 (advance), $20 (door)

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Jun
21

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, June 21



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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Jun
22

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, June 22



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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Jun
23

Dan Wilson: “Balancing Act,” Live at BLU Jazz+ Album Recording Join us as part of the live audience experience as national touring artist & master jazz guitarist, Akron's own - Dan Wilson, records his next album, "Balancing Act," LIVE at BLU with an all-star band! Featuring Sullivan Fortner, Ivan Taylor, Xavier Breaker, Sam Blakeslee.

Friday, June 23



It’s been five years since Dan Wilson released his debut album, To Whom It May Concern.

 

On June 23, 2017, he will record his second album, “Balancing Act,” Live at BLU Jazz+! Dan will share the stage with some of the most talented, world-class musicians on the scene including Sullivan Fortner on piano, Ivan Taylor on bass, Xavier Breaker on drums, and Akron’s own, Sam Blakeslee on trombone.

 

Get your tickets early for this major event and come be part of the live audience experience for the upcoming album, “Balancing Act,” Live at BLU Jazz+, Dan’s favorite jazz club in his beloved hometown of Akron!

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7:00 pm, 9:30 pm

$30

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Jun
24

Maureen Choi Quartet: “Latin Jazz Made In Spain” Captivating violinist from Spain and an all-star cast bring exciting mix of traditional Spanish & Latin American pieces with a jazzy flair in special North American tour! Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, featuring a masterclass (6PM, FREE) and concert (8PM) at BLU!
Masterclass + Concert

Saturday, June 24



Much has been said of Maureen Choi’s mastery of the violin in recent years: “It is the new great voice of the jazz violin”; “She sings with her violin”; “She’s an incredible young talent”. Choi is a unique violinist who innately blends the virtuosity of classical music with improvisation and the sounds and rhythms of the Spanish diaspora.

Maureen is a classically-trained violinist with a passion for composition and improvisation. Since 1993 her award-winning performances and collaborations have spanned several continents and included several diverse musical influences, all of which have helped create her unique sound, firmly based in Latin Jazz.

 

She received her classical training from Michigan State University where she was introduced to jazz. In 2010 she won a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, further solidifying her burgeoning passion for the language and technique of improvisation on the violin. In addition to playing in venues around the world, Maureen is currently based in Madrid and teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia as well as at the Escuela de la Música Creativa in Madrid. She is the composer and leader of her diverse quartet comprised of classically trained flamenco-jazz musicians.

 

Her first jazz album “Maureen Choi Quartet” (2011) was critically well received among US radio stations and in publications such as Jazziz Magazine and Jazz Corner, as well as remaining in AllAboutJazz Top 50 for several months. Her second album “Ida y Vuelta” has been hailed as “One of the more original, interesting and surprising on the current scene” (Oscar Gómez, Latin Jazz Producer and five-time Grammy Award Winner), Maureen Choi Quartet offers a captivating live performance consisting of original compositions and arrangements of traditional Spanish and Latin American pieces providing “an intensely enriching experience from the moment they start playing. It starts delicate and finishes as a party.” (RTVE, Spanish National Radio)

 

Maureen Choi Quartet is currently on tour presenting their latest album, Ida y Vuelta, through Europe, Asia and North America and their next projects include collaborating with the dancers of the Spanish National Ballet.

 

Don’t miss your rare chance to experience this group during their North American tour – get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

$15/$20, $10 (students w/ ID at door)

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Jun
28

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, June 28



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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Jun
29

Bone-afide Fronted by a mighty 5-piece trombone section, this sensational group covers a wide range of styles in their high-energy show, including swing, Latin, funk & beyond! Featuring Chris Anderson, Max Brady, Scott Marsh, Jim Redmond, Aaron Thornberry, Stewart Freedman, Dan Angotti, Drew Thornberry.

Thursday, June 29



Bone-Afide is a local 8 piece jazz group featuring a front line of 5 trombones backed by a traditional rhythm section. They play a variety of jazz standards with a few originals mixed in. The arrangements for the group highlight the versatility of the trombone; from swing to latin to funk, this group brings an exciting and unique sound and style to the music scene.

 

The group originated in central Illinois where they recorded their debut album “Main St. Blues”. They’re influenced by JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, and their trombone groups; by all the jazz greats of the past and present; and by the local jazz legends of the Cleveland/Akron area. The current members include: Chris Anderson, Max Brady, Scott Marsh, Jim Redmond & Aaron Thornberry (trombones), Stewart Freedman (piano), Dan Angotti (bass), Drew Thornberry (drums).

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8:00 pm

$12

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Jun
30

“Swing Dance Party” w/ Blue Lunch & Get Hep Swing Dancers Cleveland's venerable jump swingin' blues, gospel, and old-school R&B band returns to the Rubber City and joined by the renowned Get Hep Swing Dancers for a throwback-themed night of music & dance!

Friday, June 30



The late 1940’s and early 1950’s were a magical time in American musical history, when blues, rhythm & blues, swing and rock & roll were all one thing. Blue Lunch explores that music and makes it their own.

 

Bring your dancing shoes and take part in a swing dance lesson led by Get Hep Swing’s Valerie Salstrom at 7:00PM (beginners welcome) with the live music starting at 8:00PM. Dancers & music lovers alike are invited to this special event!

 

2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the band. Featuring Bob Frank (guitar & vocals), Pete London (harmonica & vocals), Chris Burge (tenor saxophone), Mike Sands (piano), Ray DeForest (bass), Scott Flowers (drums), Mike Rubin (trumpet), and Bob Michael (trombone).

 

Don’t miss this special night at BLU Jazz+ celebrating the sounds of the 1940’s & 1950’s with the return of Blue Lunch & Get Hep Swing – get your tickets today!

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7:00 pm

$12

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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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