What is there to say about New York City that hasn’t already been said, including the fact that it is one of the greatest places in this world to hear and experience “live jazz”. All of the great Jazz players and near great Jazz players have played this city, or have wanted to. Pick a club, any New York City jazz club and you will see signs that say we love jazz. New Yorkers know their jazz and appreciate it as the jewel of American and international culture. Jazz is a jewel, a diamond, multifaceted clear and sparkling. From the 1920’s to present day, New York City has played a pivotal part in the experience we call jazz. That is why we say “New York City is a Jazz-City”.
The jazz clubs in New York City are without question some of the best on the planet. Found throughout the 5 boroughs, jazz clubs are as unique as the music. We will not try to list all the clubs, but following is what we think is a good start.
- Arthur’s Tavern: (212) 675-6879, 57 Grove Street (NW corner of Grove and 7th Ave. So.)
Open since 1937, Arthur’s is the oldest operating Jazz club in New York City. There is no cover charge.
Jazz, 7 nights a week. Premium bar, Dining until 2AM. This is an intimate, romantic, fantastic place to experience the very best jazz. Just a great place.
- Birdland: (212) 581-3080, 315 W44th St (8th and 9th Aves.)
The original Birdland, named for, Charlie Parker was located on Broadway. This incarnation of Birdland, now in its third location, is perfectly situated amidst the Times Square hotels, and just upstairs from the A Train’s 42nd Street stop. With a complete bar and a great menu, Birdland is the place for jazz 7 nights a week.
- Blue Note: (212) 475-8592), 131 W. Third St. (6th Ave./ MacDougal Street)
There are 4 Blue Note Clubs, New York, Milan, Tokyo, and Nagoya. As one of the world’s premier jazz clubs the Blue Note offers music every night at 8 pm. Famed for the artist that have graced it stage, expect to see a great performance any night you are there.
- Creole: (212) 876-8838, 2167 3rd Ave. (118th Street)
Lunch is served as well as dinner featuring a New Orleans, creole style menu. Music starts around 8pm on Tuesday with guitarist JC Stylles. Fridays, features drum master Killer Ray Appleton again around 8pm.
Great jazz! Great jazz! Great jazz! Dizzy’s is truly world class. Jazz at Lincoln Center is a must experience for all lovers of jazz. Reservations are a must, as this experience is always in demand.
- Village Vanguard: (212) 255-4037, 178 Seventh Ave. (At 11th St. and Max Gordon Corner)
The Village Vanguard has two set Sunday thru Thursday at 9 and 11pm, Friday and Saturday the sets are 9, 11, and 12:30. The Village Vanguard is a true Greenwich Village jazz club, and a must see for jazz fans.
New York City has too many great jazz clubs to mention here. We encourage you to visit one or all, for we don’t think that you will be disappointed. We also strongly recommend that you call ahead for reservations as these clubs are extremely popular. Remember that New York City is a Jazz-City.