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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Mar
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, March 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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Mar
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, March 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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Mar
23

Dan Bruce’s “beta collective”: Earthshine Album Release Comprised of some of the Midwest's top improvisers, guitarist & composer sensation leads powerhouse modern jazz ensemble in return to BLU with the music of his critically acclaimed all-new album, Earthshine! Co-presented by BOP Stop at the Music Settlement.

Friday, March 23



Known for its compositional breadth and interactive & highly energetic performances, the unique musical identities of the :beta collective combine to form a powerful and unmistakable group sound. By embracing the influence of his heroes from the jazz tradition and retaining his own musical personality, guitarist Dan Bruce has developed a unique and impressive musical voice. A recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, he is active throughout the United States as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator.

 

 

Bruce’s first album, A Single Thread, received praise from both fans and critics. Martin Gladu of allaboutjazz.com wrote, “A Single Thread combines his learned guitar work, which is at times reminiscent of Ben Monder, with substantive yet airy, contemporary sounding compositions”, and Chuck Vecoli of jazzreview.com called it “A brilliant first effort”. Bruce’s much-anticipated second album, Earthshine, came out this October on the Ears and Eyes label. He has performed on more than twenty-five albums as a sideman, and he has worked with a number of eminent musicians including Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Lynn Seaton, Marvin Stamm, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Daniel Lippel, and Rose Colella.

 

Bruce’s groups have been featured in The Chi-Town Jazz Festival, The Chicago Composers Collective series at the Green Mill, The Chicago Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, The Jazz Institute of Chicago NextGen Jazz Series, South by Southwest, the Toledo Jazz Festival, The Akron Jazz Festival, The Ohio City Summer Festival and a special live radio broadcast on WDCB FM Chicago.

 

The new album, Earthshine, garnered a four star review from All About Jazz. Critic Troy Dostert writes, “…a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that is at the same time subtly discontent, searching for new expressions and willing to take some chances along the way.”

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8:00 pm

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

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Mar
24

Dan Wilson: “The Music of Stevie Wonder” International guitarist sensation & member of the trio lead by 4x Grammy-nominated jazz organist, Joey DeFrancesco, returns to BLU with a very special show featuring the music of the legendary Stevie Wonder! Featuring Dan Wilson, Kip Reed, Phil Anderson, Dave Throckmorton, Jessica Yafanaro, Tommy Lehman, Stephen Fowler.

Saturday, March 24



Music has been an integral part of Dan Wilson’s life since his beginnings in gospel music. Upon hearing a Wes Montgomery record in a relative’s basement, Dan decided to pursue a career as a musician. Since then, he has spent more than a decade honing his craft.

 

His debut album, To Whom It May Concern, was released in 2012 and is a product of an intense study of many different musical styles and concepts.

 

Dan has been touring nationally and internationally with four-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco. Dan’s composition, “Who Shot John” was featured on Joey’s 2015 release, “Trip Mode.” Dan also tours with legendary bassist Christian McBride’s trio, Tip City.

 

Dan has enjoyed the honor of sharing the stage with many other jazz greats including Eric Marienthal, Russell Malone, Les Mcann, and Dave Stryker.

 

Dan teaches jazz guitar & theory through private lessons and co-leads a group of world class musicians, called D.T.C, which features drummer David Throckmorton and Cliff Barnes.

 

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music & Liberal Studies from Hiram College in 2006. His passion for Brazilian music led him to the city of Rio De Janeiro in 2007 to conduct research for his Masters Thesis which he defended successfully at Youngstown State University in 2009.

 

Get your tickets now for what is sure to be a memorable evening at BLU!

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8:00 pm

$15

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Mar
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, March 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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Mar
29

John Perrine: “Here’s The Thing” Album Release Party NE Ohio saxophonist leads contemporary jazz quartet in BLU debut celebration with music from his all-new Centaur Records album, "Here's The Thing!" Featuring John Perrine, Rock Wehrmann, Aidan Plank, Bill Ransom.

Thursday, March 29



John Perrine is Associate Professor of Music and department chair at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds degrees from Stetson University, Northwestern University and Louisiana State University. Perrine is a Selmer Artist/Clinician as well as a D’Addario Artist/Clinician.

 

Rock Wehrmann is in much demand in the Midwest as an arranger, producer, soloist and accompanist. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and performed at the presentation of the Pulitzer Prizes. His background includes a degree in pipe organ from Kent State University, the position of Artist-in-Residence for Moog Music, and appearances on recordings by prominent jazz artists such as Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. His company, Sudden Realizations, produces music and sound design for films and broadcast. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at both Cleveland State University and University of Akron.

 

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, bassist Aidan Plank enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. Aidan played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”.

 

Bandleader, drummer and percussionist Bill Ransom is a musical chameleon – equally at home with classical, jazz, R&B and rock. With a style described as “physical, stirring, demanding, rare and personal,” Bill has toured and recorded with leading artists including Patrice Rushen, Beth Hart, Marion Meadows, Cecil Bridgewater, Diane Reeves, Mary Wilson, and James Newton. He spent much of the 90’s on the road with contemporary saxophonist Najee and R&B crooner Gerald LeVert and was featured percussionist on Mr. LeVert’s solo debut, “Private Line.” Bill has appeared a number of theatrical productions including “Love, Janis”, under the musical direction of Big Brother & the Holding Company’s Sam Andrew who noted “When Bill Ransom plays the drums he looks as if he is made of rubber and he makes every time special because he acts it out.”

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8:00 pm

$12

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Mar
30

Peter & Will Anderson Trio New York City twin brother woodwind virtuosos (of Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, Village Vanguard Orchestra) swing back into Akron for a special one-night-only return appearance at BLU! Featuring Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Félix Lemerle.

Friday, March 30



“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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8:00 pm

$18 ($10 student w/ ID at door)

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Mar
31

Akron’s ReaL DeaL Old-school R&B vocal group brings the sounds of The Temptations, The Delphonics, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bobby Womack and more to Main & Market in a special BLU debut! Featuring Cornelius Parson, Alex Andrus, Vernon Palmer, Garnett Jones.

Saturday, March 31



Sophistication, style & class are just a few of the attributes that accompany the talent & unbelievable vocal abilities of Akron’s ReaL DeaL old-school R&B singing group.

 

This four member group consists of Cornelius Parson, Alex Andrus, Vernon Palmer, and Garnett Jones. Each member has his own history of singing gospel and R&B in the local and surrounding areas going back to junior high school.

 

The current members of Akron’s ReaL DeaL formed in 2017. They perform songs from The Temptations, The Delphonics, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lakeside, Bobby Womack, and a plethora of familiar old school R&B songs.

 

Akron’s ReaL DeaL has performed venues & events including the Masquerade Ball (Akron, OH), Marques Downtown (Canton, OH), Italian American Society (Ravenna, OH), Better Block Party (Barberton, OH), The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant (Chippewa Lake, OH) & more!

 

Join us as these four talented men, who grew up with what is now called the “old school” era, bring their impressive harmonies & show in a special BLU debut – get your tickets now!

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8:00 pm

$15

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Apr
7

John Raymond & Real Feels Album Release Critically acclaimed trumpeter, recording artist & Downbeat Rising Star recipient (of Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel) returns to BLU with his all-star trio in celebration of their brand new album! Featuring John Raymond, Gilad Hekselman, Colin Stranahan.

Saturday, April 7



With a singular voice on the trumpet and flugelhorn, John Raymond is making his mark as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Dubbed as a Rising Star by Downbeat Magazine, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Linda Oh among others. He has released five albums since 2012, all of which receiving critical acclaim from the New York Times, Stereogum, Downbeat, JazzTimes and more. John has also established himself as a sought-after educator, both as the recently-hired Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Indiana University and as a guest clinician and soloist at schools around the world.

 

 

Raymond’s trio Real Feels has become one of the hottest groups in jazz today. The band includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums), and besides the group’s unique instrumentation, they combine indie-rock and folk-influenced original music with fresh takes on familiar songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Lennon/McCartney and more. The music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past, however “Real Feels” is far from being antiquated. The band’s improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant and has made them one of the hottest new groups in jazz music today.

 

The group released two albums in 2016, both garnering critical acclaim from Stereogum, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes and others. Tonight will celebrate the release of Raymond’s newest Real Feels album Joy Ride on Sunnyside Records.

 

Join us as we welcome this exceptional young trumpeter talent in his return to BLU – get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

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

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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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