A good experience in a bar is just like a good jazz record, you can’t quite put your finger on exactly what makes it so great. It’s when all of the pieces work together in perfect harmony. It’s the ice, cocktails, music, ambience, service, yes – but one thing never outshines the others. They each have that same level of brilliance. That’s the 118.
The same level of 118’s service, surroundings, and unmatched quality of food and beverage is now available to your own guests for private events and gatherings. Our bar exhibits décor in keeping with the classy and music infused parlors across America, inspired by the interiors of traditional speakeasies and whiskey distilleries.
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We are an upscale piano/jazz bar offering an assortment of crafted cocktails, signature wines, and high end whiskeys. The 118 hosts live entertainment every Friday and Saturday (check out our Entertainment Page for a list of piano players and bands). We also offer an extensive selection of hors d’oeuvres with assorted dinner specials on Tuesday through Thursday. Check out our Menus for more information.
Head Chef – Chef Jim
“To me, being a chef means being creative and open to new ideas. I’ve been cooking since I was 17 years old and prefer to make all of my dishes from scratch. Over the last 20 years I have had the ability to learn from some great people. My specialties include seafood, steak or pasta. Give me your best foodie challenge!”
Private area available for groups of 6 to 35 guests
118 offers a luxurious setting for your event, including a one-of-a-kind cocktail bar and access to our back patio, For larger parties or more private occasions, please email us [email protected] about facility rental.
All day – Sunday & Monday
10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday – Saturday
– Corporate luncheons
– Wedding showers
– Baby Showers
Open Jam Session – grab and instrument and come show us what you got – possibly get a formal Saturday gig at 118
Fridays: Piano player 8-11pm
Saturdays: Live bands 8-11pm
Jazz music, partly planned – partly spontaneous, gives the musician an opportunity to create their own interpretations as the song develops. It lives and breathes, evolving as it moves. One thing is sure: Jazz remains America’s only original living art form. Today, its influence envelops the globe. It’s expressive. It’s enriching. Call it what you like—jazz is here to stay.
The Just Jazz Trio consists of saxophone. guitar, and bass – bringing a simple yet authentic
approach to the only true American artform – JAZZ! The trio is composed of Tom Blair on
saxophone/flute, Britt Reed on guitar, and Paul Martin on bass/saxophone.
Tom Blair – Saxophone/Flute
Tom Blair grew up in the Cincinnati, Ohio area amidst a rich music heritage and access to jazz greats. Tom won numerous state and national awards as a high school jazz player. During this time he had the thrill of setting in with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and jazz legend Maynard Ferguson. More recently, Tom is the Lead Pastor at Mansfield First Assembly of God, and maintains a busy music schedule performing with the jazz trio Just Jazz; as well as, the pop-jazz ensemble S’yVelt, the KROC Center Big Band, the Musician’s Union Jazz Band, and Ribticklers Dixieland Band. Tom is a Trustee for the American Federation of Musicians, Local 159, having joined in 2010.
Britt Reed – Guitar
Britt Reed has played professionally in Progressive Rock, Lounge Jazz, Reggae, and Blues acts since the late 1970’s. He has studied music theory throughout the years, notably with Jason Hagen, NYC session player and Atlanta Institute of Music instructor. Britt also studied jazz performance and theory for two years under the instruction of Dr. Matt Warnock. Britt is an RGT certified guitar instructor teaching music theory/application on Skype. Britt is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 159, having joined in 2014.
Paul Martin – Saxophone/Bass
Paul Martin is a gifted saxophonist/bassist, and big band arranger. Paul began playing professionally at the age 13 with the Dick Robbins Quartet, Kyle Robbins’ band Ambyr, and Leo Jones’ dance band Mem’ries. Over the years, Paul has performed with numerous jazz bands around the state, most notably the historic Jimmy Franck Band. Paul also leads his own bands: the Artistic Jazz Orchestra, the Stardust Dance Band, and PM Jazz Combo. He also continues to perform select dates with the Percy Hall Orchestra. Paul is the President of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 159, having joined the AFM in 1987.
Recording artist with Jazz fusion in his soul. Inspired by a family of musicians, Saxy Rob has developed a distinct sound for all genres of music.
“Saxy” Rob Thompson, not only a professional showman with a sax, he is a long time entrepreneur, a composer, teacher, a community volunteer, motivational speaker and most importantly a full time dad. Born and raised in the Football Hall of Fame city Canton, Ohio he attended the former Washington Elementary, moved onto Hartford Junior High School and then eventually McKinley Senior High. A product of the Canton city school district encourages his belief that it is possible to come from low income urban areas of a small city and still thrive as an artist. Inspired by a family of musicians, Saxy Rob has developed a distinct love for all genres of music and the ability to translate that by way of saxophone!
He has performed, either live or in the studio with big name musicians, such as former Eagles drummer Joe Vitale Sr., Mud Morganfield or “Muddy Waters Jr”, “Funky” Leroy Harper Jr from the James Brown Band, famed local percussionist Elec Simon of “Stomp”, a broadway production, as well as many other very talented musicians over the course of his professional career. Having the unique ability to pick up and play with anyone within a moments notice has catapulted him into the limelight. He has been featured in several news publications, including local media giant Canton Repository. “Saxy” Rob is more than a saxophonist, he is an exceptional entertainer whose ultimate goal is to have a blast playing music, creating intimate musical moments with a focus on audience interaction, providing a guaranteed entertaining experience!
the ACID CATS
Original Acidic Jazz Rock outta AKRON, OH
“All in a Days Work” LP out now !!
Acid Cats has been continuing to play and generate buzz since they stepped in the NE Ohio music scene. New material is being written and recorded through the fall, but you can look for “Crosby Street ” and “All In a Day’s Work” on bandcamp.com. The band is continuing to look for opportunities to grow and play to new audiences as their musical adventure continues.
Zachary Wolfe Nagi-Schehl
Have made music with: The Hobs, Mutt’s Revenge, Hayden Calling, Sassafraz, Adam’s Ale, Mount Ratz, Johnny and The Apple Stompers, Copali, Gnosis, Mike Dillon, From Borealis, Mutt’s Revenge, Sancat, I Don’t Give a Damn, The Got it Got it Need it, Aliver Hall, Jovan Wilder & The Wild Things, C-Level, Toughstuff, The Main Squeeze, The Brothers’ Band, The Funky Knuckles, Jones For Revival, Red Sun Rising, Sassafraz, Gnosis, Hive Robbers, Dave Hammer’s Power Supply, The Big Black Galactice, The Funky Knuckles, The Mucklebuck, Bones & The Great Goliath, Scarlett & The Harlots, and Oliver Evans
Food And Drink
Crafted Cocktail Menu
Drinking! We admire it. It is a fine invention, and we have tried in our own way to make innovations upon it. These are the 118’s cocktails, made our way, with the usual high specifications for all ingredients. So knock off work and kick back with a cool, hand-crafted cocktail or craft beer and drink among friends. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7. Ask the bartender about our specialty drinks. Got a favorite mixed drink in mind? We can do it.
Hors d’oeuvres Menu
We recognize that drinkers must also occasionally eat. With that in mind, The 118 has assembled a menu featuring a few fantastic “small plates” crafted especially for those with distinctive tastes. Try our Truffle Fries or Lamb Sliders …both fan favorites! Served daily from 4 to 11pm.