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06/19/2019
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Malcolm X Abram: Sarah’s Solstice, International funk at BLU Jazz+

If you ever get the chance to see the orchestra at BLU Jazz+ in downtown Akron, go for it, because it is a true, big ol’ band and the sound and artistry fills the room. It’s fun.

Speaking of BLU, the club has a couple of international traveling artists gracing its stage this weekend. On Friday, Madrid-based, Korean-American violinist Maureen Choi and her quartet will take the bandstand. (Tickets: $18-$20. 47 E. Market St., Akron. blujazzakron.com.)

Choi’s quartet is celebrating the recent release of her third album, “Theia,” which was inspired by her time in Spain, and her considerable chops and way with a dramatic melody are all on display. If you can’t get enough Spanish-flavored violin and want to double dip, Choi is also playing the Bop Stop in Cleveland on Thursday night.