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Jazz Clubs In New York City
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55 Bar 55 Christopher St. (btwn. 7th Ave. So. & Waverly Place) (212) 929-9883.
Leni and Mike Stern hold court, also Sweet Georgia Brown, Billy Bang and Wayne Krantz. $3 cover and 2 drink min. Weeknight shows begin at 9:30 pm. Early show Friday and Saturday are from 6:00 - 9:30 pm. Friday and Saturday late shows begin at 10:00 pm. Get there early because the club is small and Mike Stern packs them in. Expect a $15 cover on Mike Stern nights, but that includes 2 drinks.
American Museum of Natural History On 81st St. off Central Park West (Hayden Planetarium) (212) 769-5100.
Fridays under The Sphere at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Others will know it as the Hadyn Planetarium. There are two sets weekly (5:45 / 7:15 PM) by highly regarded musicians such as Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Steve Turre, and David "Fathead" Newman and their quartets. The show admission is included with museum price (suggested donation), and drinks and tapas are available. This is the early Friday show to make, especially if you haven't been to the complex before -- it will surely impress even the most jaded.
Arthur's Tavern 57 Grove St. (N.W. corner of Grove and 7th Ave. South at Sheridan Square) 212-675-6879.
Since 1937. Longest continually run jazz club in NYC. No cover charge. Jazz: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Dixieland jazz: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Blues and R&B from 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. Sunday and Monday. The Creole Cooking Jazz Band, Grove Street Stompers and Sweet Georgia Brown have been playing here weekly forever, and for good reason: they rock the house.
Birdland 315 West 44th Street (btwn. 8th and 9th) 212-581-3080.
All show times: 9:00 and 11:00 P.M. (with early 5:30 tribute sets added to the Mon., Tues. and Fri. schedules). Music charge varies, $20-35. There is a $10 food/drink minimum per person at the tables. At the bar, the music charge includes one drink.
The namesake club to the great Charlie Parker, this room is doing great since re-locating from uptown.  The top names of jazz appear here (Tony Williams played one of his last gigs here), and it has been the home to big bands every Sunday and Monday night. The food is pretty good, and the bar is right next to the bandstand. 
Blue Note Jazz Club  - 131 West 3rd Street, between 6th avenue and MacDougal St., (212) 475-8592. 
The most expensive club in the City - world renowned. Only the biggest acts in jazz (i.e. B.B. King, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Betty Carter, etc.).
Blue Water Grill 31 Union Square West (Corner West 16th St.) (212) 675-9500.
Fine restaurant with live jazz booked for downstairs dining area. Call for reservations. No cover, but meals are high end. Website does not mention who's playing, indicating that the jazz is an afterthought. That is, they don't book musicians who are in a position to complain if the audience noise level starts to peak. Call for performance calendar.
Cleopatra's Needle 2485 Broadway (btwn. 92nd & 93rd) 212-769-6969.
Music from 9 pm - 4 am. No cover. $10. min. per set. Eclectic menu, big screen sports and weekly showcases, featuring Eric Lewis Trio on Mondays. And nightly open jams from 2 am - 4 am. Jazz vocalists open mic every Sunday 1 to 5 pm.
Fat Cat 75 Christopher Street (at 7th Ave. South) (212) 675-6056.
This club is "around the corner pocket" from Smalls and features billiards and jazz. $10 admission for 6 hours of music from 10pm-4am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Fat Cat is the little brother of Smalls and features a similar posture and roster. It has reopened after wrinkles have been ironed out, check it out and tell us what you think.
The Garage  99 7th Ave. South (Just South of W 4th St.) 212-645-0600.
An open and spacious restaurant with a gregarious liquor bar / oyster bar. Aspiring jazz groups nightly, usually fronted by a vocalist. No cover. Plenty of outdoor seating in good weather. Sunday Jazz Brunch begins at noon.
Iridium Jazz Club - 1650 Broadway (at 51st St), (212) 582-2121.
Top internationally known artists play six day runs, and Les Paul Trio every Monday. Sets: Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 and 10:30. Fri. & Sat 3rd Set at Midnight. Minimum cover charge: $20.00. $10.00 Drink Min.
Jazz Gallery 290 Hudson St. (Corner of Spring) (212) 242-1063.
A second floor jazz art and artist showcase. Call ahead for events. Most nights sets begin at 9:00 and 10:30 for a $10 -$20 cover charge. The Jazz Gallery performance series are funded in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Presenting Program.
The Jazz Standard - 116 East 27th St (btwn. Lexington and Park Ave South) (212) 576-2232. 
This elegant club is a terrific addition to the jazz scene, serving up big jazz names (George Coleman) and other up-and-comers.  Sometimes the cover charge is reduced on shows early in the week. They serve food, and although the bar is really far from the bandstand, the sound is terrific!
Jules 65 St. Marks Pl. (btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves.) 212-477-5560.
A friendly, and casual French bistro with some outdoor seating, great food and abundant wine selection, and a deep love of jazz. Jazz nightly starting at 9:00 on weekdays and 11:00 on weekends. No cover. Jean Michel Pilc and other noteworthy artists perform here. Sunday jazz brunch starts at 12:00 and goes till 3:00.
Knickerbocker Saloon  33 University Place (at 9th St.) 212-228-8490.
Opened in 1978. $5.00 minimum on food or drink -- specializing in gigantic steaks. Jazz music presented Wed. through Sat. Often featuring legends with stars as bright as Sir Roland Hanna, Junior Mance, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Drummond, and Earl May. This is the last hold out in an area that was once a Golden Triangle of informal jazz haunts including the venues: The Village Gate, Bradleys and The Cookery.
The Lenox Lounge  288 Lenox Ave. (btwn. 124th & 125th St.) 212-427-0253
Recently renovated to its original 1930's art deco splendor. The Zebra Room in back with its baby grand piano, tiled floors and leather banqueted booths is one of the finest looking jazz spaces in town. Local jazz booked on weekends with a $15 cover charge and 2 drink minimum. The 3 Sets are 10:00, 11:30 and 1:00. Blues and R & B Thursday sets are free to attend with a 2 drink minimum music from 8:00-12:00. $5 cover and 2 drink minimum for Monday night jazz jam sessions. Doors open at 10:00 PM for first set and jam follows at 11:30.
Showman's  375 West 125th Street (East of Morningside Ave.) 212-864-8941.
Next door to the down-home, soul food mecca: M & G Diner
M - Th Sets: 8:30, 10, 11:30. Friday and Saturday Sets: 10:30, 12:30, 2:30. Two drink minimum per set. Jazz tap dancing on Thursdays. A beautiful blending of the genteel with the earthy soul histories of Harlem can be found in this well appointed local showcase, which has been home to the greats (e.g. Sara Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Eartha Kitt) since 1942. (In its current location since August of 1998). A Hammond B-3 organ graces the stage, and is put to good use by Danny Mixon -- check the schedule. Soul food appetizers are always available for the asking.
Smoke 2751 Broadway (at 106th St) 212-864-6662
Picking up where Augie's (its forerunner) left off, Smoke has developed into a hip and casually swank jazz joint with the chops and personalities to recommend it to serious fans of NY jazz. Sets at 9, 11, 12:30. Bar closes at 4:00. $10 drink tickets serve as the cover charge. Big name acts could cost quite a bit more, and reservations are a must on those special occasions. Monday and Thursday night jam sessions encourages vocalists and players to step up.
S.O.B.'s - 204 Varick @ Houston Street, (212) 243-4940. Only Latin and Brazilian bands here.  More mainstream music than Sweet Basil or Iridium.  Pretty expensive, but the bar is near the bandstand. Dinner and dancing served!
Sofia's  221 W. 46th St. (btwn. 8th Ave. & Broadway) (212) 719-5799.
This is the Italian restaurant at the 1931 Edison Hotel which features jazz music in its bar Tuesdays - Saturdays 7:00 P.M. to 12:00. Call ahead for schedule. No Cover.
St. Nick's Pub  773 St. Nicholas Blvd. (Corner of 149th St.) 212-283-9728.
Best Monday night jam session in the city. The scene gets kicking at midnight. There is a tourist scene prior to the Monday jam with Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet driving the festivities beginning at 9:30. For the last half dozen years, Friday nights have belonged to the Bill Saxton Trio...highly recommended! Thursday features the club's charming singing bartender, Arlene Talley. Guest artists frequently stop by to sit in. Among them: James Carter, Olu Dara, Savion Glover, Reggie Workman, Wynton Marsalis, Laurel Watson, Etta Jones, even Stevie and Aisha Wonder.
Swing 46 349 W. 46th Street (btwn. 8th & 9th Aves.) 212-262-9554.
Swing dance & supper club. Featuring Live Bands - Swing & Jump Blues 7 Nights a week. Each night there is a dance lesson at 9:15 pm followed by a live swing band. Sunday - Wednesday the ticket price is $7. Thursday - Saturday it's $12. Suggested dress code - no jeans or sneakers and Jackets are not required.
The Village Vanguard - 178 7th Avenue South at 11th Street, (212) 255-4037.  Ahhhhh...home sweet home...the oldest jazz club in the world, this place is alive with the ghosts of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and Stan Getz. You name the jazz musician and he (or she) has played here! Sets are at 9:00pm and 11:00pm (with a 12:30am set on Friday and Saturday nights). Usually a $15 cover w/a $10 minimum. No food served, but it doesn't matter since the sound of the room is appetizing enough. By far, the best room in the land. But beware, the service can be downright awful!  
Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street (btwn. Thompson St. & Sullivan St.) 212-477-8337.
Open 7 days, 6 P.M. - 3:30 A.M. on weeknights, and till 4 A.M. on weekends. $5 cover and a one drink min. Weekly theme nights dominate the schedule. Monday showcases the guitar trio of Ron Affif at 8:00 and 9:00. Featured bands play 3 sets Mon. -Thurs. at 10:30, 12, and 2:00. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are jazz nights, while Thursdays are Latin, Fridays are African and Saturdays are Brazilian Bossa Nova. Fri. and Sat. the first set starts at 11. Sundays bring poetry readings at 6:30, and Brazilian Samba groups into the night. A lounge exists in back for larger parties to hang and meet friends.
BigAppleJazz.com - Gordon Polatnick's fantastic site of resources for the jazz community in New York City. He's got it all covered here, from jazz links to jazz festivals to jazz shopping to jazz-you-name-it! His site is a one-stop shop for all-jazz-all-the-time in New York City!
New York.City Search.com- A complete listing and description of every other jazz club in New York.
The Village Voice Choices - Detailed reviews of current jazz events and other music.

Jazz Performance Spaces:

Jazz at Lincoln Center - The House of Jazz has arrived. Formally accepted into the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts last year, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, stages many performances over the year.
Tisch Center For The Arts (92nd Street Y) - Located in the Upper East Side, this all-encompassing arts center has a very mainstream jazz program.  Definitely worth checking out.

Non-Profit Jazz Sites:

National Endowment for The Art - Jazz Masters Fellowships-  The National Endowment for the Arts has supported jazz artists and organizations since 1970, providing millions of dollars in grants and awards.

Miscellaneous:

Consilience Productions - Consilience Productions, a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization, promotes a "dialogue BEYOND music" through performance and education. They bring our fellow citizens together with music to involve them in the issues of the day, helping to create a better world for all of us.
All About Jazz - A really wonderful, up-to-date, all purpose jazz resource site that will mail you a weekly email of jazz news, if you so desire.
Manhattan School of Music - One of the oldest music conservatories for jazz.  Max Roach graduated from here!
Berklee College of Music - Boston's pre-eminent jazz school. Like Pat Metheny, many of today's jazz stars could only stay for a year or two before jazz fame got hold of them.
Jazz Corner - from musician pages to jazz podcasts, this site has been a favorite destination of jazz afficinados since the beginning of the internet more than 10 years ago.

Jazz Connect - Their on-line musicians directory, The Jazzconnect Cyber-Union©™ has been created for the professional musician. The comprehensive profile created for each musician allows the musician to effectively network and efficiently hire other musicians for gigs.

Jazz on Wikipedia - The go-to site for everything on the planet.

Jazz Online - Classic recordings and new up-and-comers all reviewed on this site.
Jazz Review - More jazz reviews than you could imagine.
Academy Records - Located on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. This is a great second-hand cd and record store with a swift turnover. Bring your credit cards and don't expect to leave without using them - the selection is terrific!
Amazing Jazz Links! - For every other link that we've missed, check this site out. They must have gotten them all!
Directory of New York - The Comprehensive New York Web Directory - all things New York.
 
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