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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Dec
22

Anna & the Consequences Join us as we celebrate jazzy torch blues with a cabaret-style twist in this red hot band's return to BLU! Featuring Anna Paolucci, Rob Sobnosky, Jim Rupp.

Friday, December 22



Following a sold-out spring appearance at BLU earlier this year, Anna Paolucci, born and bred in Akron, returns with her all-star band, Anna & the Consequences, for a special evening of 1940-60’s torch blues in this one night only event!

 

Think Supper Club, even speakeasy with a healthy side of improv – get your tickets today!

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8:00 pm

$12 ($10 student w/ ID at door)

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Dec
23

Vanessa Rubin w/ Larry Willis Trio New York City vocalist extraordinaire celebrates the holidays in a one-night-only return to BLU Jazz+ featuring the inimitable pianist, Larry Willis, and his all-star band!

Saturday, December 23



Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to parents from Trinidad and Louisiana, Vanessa arrived steeped in great musical traditions. After achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University, Rubin taught school for a number of years, all the while with both feet squarely in the jazz lexicon on a path towards a career in music. Along the way she played the regional joints and concerts, dabbled in band management, and continued to hone her skills.

 

Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer in the making. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods.

 

Vanessa has performed with some of the most prolific artists in the jazz genre, including: Monty Alexander, Cecil Bridgewater, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Billy Higgins, Etta Jones, Lewis Nash, Houston Person, Patience Higgins, Don Braden, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Jr., and James Williams are just a few of the masters who’ve lent their skills to support Ms. Rubin’s artistry. More recently she has completed auspicious global tours with Herbie Hancock, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Jazz Crusaders.

 

Join us as Vanessa fronts a truly all-star ensemble in her return to the Rubber City! Get your tickets now as this is sure to be one of our biggest events of the year!

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8:00 pm

$20

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Dec
27

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, December 27



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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Dec
28

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, December 28



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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Dec
30

The Cabaret Project: “A 21st Century Theatrical Revue” Presented by Singers Companye, Producer/Director Alexandre Marr brings The Cabaret Project to BLU for a showcase of 21st century Broadway/Off-Broadway repertoire, including selections from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening, The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, The Color Purple, The Bridges of Madison County, The Light in the Piazza, Beautiful, It Shoulda Been You, Anastasia & more!

Saturday, December 30



Presented by Singers Companye, The Cabaret Project premiers a one night only performance at BLU Jazz + this December. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Samuel Gordon, vocal ensemble Singers Companye reguarly performs across Northeast Ohio and internationally, recently touring Ireland this past summer to great acclaim. Producer/Director Alexandre Marr, a member of the ensemble, is thrilled to be collaborating with BLU Jazz + for the premier performance of The Cabaret Project with the mission of bringing a cabaret scene to the Akron area. The evening will feature members of the ensemble and their family and friends for a night of 21st century Broadway/Off-Broadway repertoire including selections from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening, The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, The Color Purple, The Bridges of Madison County, The Light in the Piazza, Beautiful, It Shoulda Been You, Anastasia, and more.

 

Join us for this very special collaboration as we present this incredible cast in a fresh & exciting program right here at BLU! Alexandre Marr (piano), Barbara Bellamy (keyboard), Merissa Coleman (auxiliary percussion), Steve Wright (guitar/bass), and Travis Baiera (drums) will accompany singers Adrianne Krauss, Amy Bransky, Ashely Berman, Bill Marr, Brandy Kay Riha, Brianna Swinford, Christine Stewart, Desiree Hargrave, Dominic Iudiciani, Heidi Swinford, James Major Burns, Jennifer Browning, Jimmy Schreck, Katelyn DeLadurantey, Kevin Henderson, Marie Taylor, Mickey Erdos, Mikayla Moore, Olivia Rae Wimberly, Paul Stewart, Samantha Garner, Tim Harkleroad, Trevail Smith, Val Stewart, and Pat Harris.

 

A portion of tickets sales and 100% of donations made at the event will benefit Singers Companye.

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7:00 pm, 9:30 pm

$15 (adv), $20 (door)

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Dec
31

New Year’s Eve Celebration w/ Theron Brown (Early Bird Show) Join us as fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band ring in the New Year -AND- his 31st birthday at BLU! Featuring Chris Coles, Tommy Lehman, Dan Wilson, Jordan McBride, Zaire Darden.

Sunday, December 31



Already have plans elsewhere for the ball drop at midnight? Then get your evening started early by heading to BLU Jazz+ for the Early Bird New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band featuring Chris Coles (sax), Tommy Lehman (trumpet), Dan Wilson (guitar), Jordan McBride (bass), and Zaire Darden (drums)!

 

The 90-minute show will conclude at 9:30pm, giving you time to get to your next NYE party destination! Come celebrate the end of 2017 with us in the “BLU Zone!”

 

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.

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8:00 pm

$20

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Dec
31

New Year’s Eve Celebration w/ Theron Brown (“‘Round Midnight” Show) Join us as fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band ring in the New Year -AND- his 31st birthday at BLU, featuring Chris Coles, Tommy Lehman, Dan Wilson, Jordan McBride & Zaire Darden! Tickets include: admission to show, heavy hors d'oeuvres, butlered wine & a champagne toast at midnight!

Sunday, December 31



Celebrate the arrival of 2018 with fan favorite pianist, Theron Brown, and his Akron all-star band featuring Chris Coles (saxophone), Tommy Lehman (trumpet), Dan Wilson (guitar), Jordan McBride (bass) & Zaire Darden (drums)!

 

Make a night out of New Year’s Eve and spend it at our modern-day, upscale jazz “speakeasy!” Tickets to the 10:30PM New Year’s Eve “‘Round Midnight” Show include: admission to show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, butlered wine & a champagne toast at midnight!

 

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.

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10:30 pm

$65

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Jan
26

Becca Stevens Internationally acclaimed singer/composer/guitarist and GroundUP Music recording artist blurs the boundaries of folk, jazz, & pop in her highly-anticipated return to BLU with music from her latest album, Regina!

Friday, January 26



Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with her new album, Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I. This expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, to songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally to Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.

 

 

“I’ve found that by removing my plots from the storylines I’ve accessed more of my artistry than in my writing before,” says Stevens. “Even though my writing for Regina was inspired by other characters, I told their stories by means of relating to them on a personal level, which made them my stories too. Writing with Regina as my muse has allowed my art free rein to dance in new and unexpected directions.”

 

As for her muse for the album, Stevens explains, “Regina has become an alter ego, or an imaginary friend. Like a dream, she exists separate from me but is reliant upon my consciousness to exist. I carry her with me in everything now. So I guess you could say that neither ends; in Becca, there is always Regina, and in Regina, there is always Becca.”

 

Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that draw you in and stay with you.

 

The new album, Regina, was produced by Troy Miller, Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, and the legendary David Crosby.

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8:00 pm

$20 ($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)*
   
 
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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