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.
See you at the show!
The native Cleveland contemporary jazz band performs a musical blend of instrumental jazz, funk, rock, reggae and pop. The band is composed of vibist Lem Adams, saxophonist Riley Richard, keyboardist Alphonso McDuffie, bassist Gary Stevenson, drummer Gene Butler.
In addition to their regular performance dates the band has opened for Earl Klugh, The Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, Bob Newhart, Roy Ayers, Jeff Lorber, Angie Bofill, Michael Paulow, Pieces of a Dream, Brian Auger, Bob James, and David Garfield just to mention a few. Awards include the 1985 and 1986 Michelob Jazz Search, Best Jazz Fusion Band from the 1993 Midwest urban Music Awards and Best Contemporary Jazz Band from Scene Magazine in 1999. Forecast performed as the official house band of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena for the 2001-2002 season.
Join us at BLU for the debut of this hard-hitting group, get your tickets now![read more]
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]
Sharon Rae North’s star is on the rise. ‘Lonely Nites’ the latest single from her latest Smooth Jazz EP. Sincerely Yours has been climbing charts nationwide, including the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart, going as high as #15. Songs from the project have also been charting in the U.K. The album also was a first ballot contender in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for the Grammy Awards. In July, ahead of her return to the studio to begin recording her next project, she will release one last single from Sincerely Yours.
When asked how long she’s been singing, the Youngstown native responds, “As long as I can remember. I can’t recall a time when singing was not part of my daily routine. It’s just part of who I am.”
Sharon, now a national artist herself, has opened for other national artists. In May, she opened for legendary jazz pianist Bob James at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk Virginia. She’s also opened for the late Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Lonnie Liston Smith and many others.
Her last CD “Gee Baby” collection of straight-ahead jazz standards followed in the footsteps of her first studio CD, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary project which continues to receive airplay in global markets.[read more]
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![read more]
The Gritz Band is more of an eclectic super-group than your average hip-hop band. Known by some as Erykah Badu’s band & founded in 2004 by bandleader, RC Williams, the group is made up of a diverse mix of musicians from across Texas whose repertoire includes R&B, Hip-Hop, and Soul Music.
RC Williams is a maestro. He has a natural talent for making music and a work ethic that is second to none. He understands all the intricate pieces of the narrative and is able to weave them together seamlessly. He does so regardless of the genre of music. And he gives a powerful performance if the crowds consist of thousands, or a circle of close friends.
Raised by a family of professional musicians in Dallas, TX, RC attended the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School. A school renowned for producing extraordinary talent, he focused on Jazz and synthesizer combinations. Over time his dedication and effort led to an opportunity to tour with internationally celebrated gospel group, God’s Property.
That experience opened the doors for Williams to tour and perform alongside such great artist as Erykah Badu, Snoop Lion, Prince, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Pharell Williams, Mos Def, and Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, Raheem Devaughn, Bilal, Roy Ayers, Roy Hargrove, just to name a few. As well as being a touring musician Williams has also received multiple GRAMMY® nominations for producing and writing.
Currently he is working with his group Tha GRITZ. They have recently completed their first album and it features Snoop, Raheem DeVaughn, AD.d + and Ms. Erykah Badu. He is also a core member of Erykah Badu’s electronic production group, the Cannabinoids. With these duties he also tours with Ms. Badu as the musical director for her legendary live show.
Don’t miss this incredible weekend show at BLU, sure to be a highlight of the summer – get your tickets today![read more]
|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.|