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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.

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.