Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 50th St.; C, E at 50th St.; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.; N, Q, R at 49th St.
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The surfeit of jazz dives that once lined 52nd Street are long goneas are many of the musical icons who played therebut in this sub-level Times Square venue, the Iridium does its best to recreate the halcyon days of the 1920s and 1930s. Sure, the air’s no longer smoky, the décor’s a shadow of what it was and you’re sitting knee-to-knee with the European tourists at the next table, but true jazz aficionados overlook those minor details to hear sets played by some of the best-known names in the biz: vocalist Jimmy Scott, guitarist Mike Stern, saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, and the Mingus Legacy bands, to name a few. The late Les Paul used to headline Monday nights here. Now they honor his legacy with a weekly tribute, Les Paul Mondays, featuring his former backing band and special guests. Sightlines are excellent; acoustics are top notch; most sets last little more than an hour. — Amanda PressnerExtra
Students with a valid ID get half-price tickets to all second sets on Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday.