Bring your horn and come be part of Akron's jazz history in the making! Hosted by guest pianist, Joey Skoch, featuring Jordan McBride & Zaire Darden — presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF).
Joey Skoch is a jazz pianist and keyboardist. He received a Master’s Degree from DePaul University, where he studied with Ron Perrillo. Joey graduated from Capital University where he studied both jazz and classical piano with professors Mark Flugge and Seymour Fink.
While currently residing in Cleveland, Joey continues to have the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s greatest musicians in Chicago including Bobby Broom, George Fludas, Dennis Carroll, and Pharez Whitted. He has also performed with Dee Alexander and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and performs weekly at Andy’s Jazz Club.
Outside of Chicago, Joey has performed with many musicians in the Cleveland and Columbus areas. These include Ernie Krivda, Bobby Selvaggio, Lou Fischer, and Jack Schantz. In 2015, Joey performed at the Buffalo Jazz Festival with the Elliot Scozzaro Quartet. Joey has also held the position of staff pianist at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
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)!
— — — About BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF)
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 (BJA) that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike by presenting a series of masterclasses led by top visiting musicians from all over the world.
Recipient of a 2015 Knights Art Challenge grant award by the Knight Foundation, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation expands upon the essence of Akron, Ohio’s award-winning live jazz destination, BLU Jazz+ Akron (BJA), launched in Fall 2014.