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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Will Wedmedyk Group: “Awakening” Album Release Talented vibraphonist & composer blends the genres of modern jazz, funk, rock & pop in an exciting full-band BLU debut! Featuring Will Wedmedyk, Chris Coles, Dan Bruce, Anthony Fuoco, Aidan Plank, Anthony Taddeo.

Wednesday, May 31

As a vibraphonist, Will Wedmedyk has performed throughout Ohio in a variety of groups that feature anything from jazz to pop music. While the instrument he plays lends itself to more classic jazz, as a bandleader and composer, he explores an exciting fusion of modern jazz, funk, rock, and pop music in his original compositions.


The fusion of conflicting genres opens expressive doors that excitingly lead the listeners and musicians to strange and familiar places. As a result, his all star band of Northeast Ohio’s top musicians tell a deeper story by exploring the complexities of modern life through their performances.


Join us as this exciting up-and-coming vibraphonist brings his original music in a debut appearance at BLU Jazz+, get your tickets today!

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7:00 pm


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Laurin Talese Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, sensational jazz vocalist & songwriter returns to her native NE Ohio for a not-to-miss BLU debut featuring a special masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert (8PM)!
Masterclass + Concert

Saturday, June 3

Naturally gifted, yet highly trained, Laurin Talese has been captivating audiences with her voice since the age of ten. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she attended the Cleveland School of the Arts and, at an early age, received notoriety as a promising young vocalist. After completing high school, Laurin relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the University of the Arts, and subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz vocal performance.


Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Laurin is versatile within many musical genres. She has worked with many fellow American recording artists including Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, and Aloe Blacc, most recently performing on the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017. Ms. Talese has also shared the stage with renowned classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, the and internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Her vocal talents have allowed her to travel the globe, and she has performed throughout Europe including the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, as well as parts of Asia, Brazil, and 30 states within the U.S.



As a complement to her effortless vocal abilities, Laurin is a passionate songwriter. It is the union of her pure tone and poignant lyrics that excite her audiences and helps to define her brand. Most recently, Laurin partnered with Grammy-award winning drummer and producer, Ulysses Owens Jr., and internationally acclaimed music director/producer, Adam Blackstone (BASSic Black Entertainment), to create her highly anticipated debut album, which features Owens and Blackstone, alongside Robert Glasper, Josh Lawrence, Christian McBride, Christian Sands, Eric Wortham II, and more. Laurin Talese’s debut album entitled, “Gorgeous Chaos” was released on March 25, 2016.


Don’t miss your opportunity to hear this very special vocalist in her Northeast Ohio homecoming performance & BLU debut – get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

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

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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


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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.