Jazz Clubs Nyc
Jazz clubs in NYC have always represented the fact that New York City is the center of the jazz world. The major names started and continued to star there, and newcomers are continuously arriving to see if they can make a career for themselves in this fantastic atmosphere.
- Arthur's Tavern has the distinction of being New York City's longest running jazz club, as it has been in existence since 1937. It is amazing that there is no cover charge, but be aware that the drinks are expensive to make up for that fact and because of the club's offering of regular jazz, Dixieland jazz, "big mama" singers, and Blues and R&B on different nights. This has a fun atmosphere in a small cozy tavern in Greenwich Village. It is certainly unusual that Arthur's leaves their holiday decorations up all year long, so you will find Christmas lights, Hanukah signs, Halloween and Thanksgiving greetings, political flags, and more. There are even sketches of jazz musicians on the doors of the bathrooms. Arthur's Tavern, 57 Grove St. New York, NY 10014. Phone: 212-675-6879.
- Blue Note is known as the most popular jazz club in the world with spectacular international talent making an appearance in between the local talent and jam sessions late night on Fridays and Saturdays. No matter where you sit, you are near the stage and can enjoy the terrific acoustics. There are also shows at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM during their Sunday brunch. Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012. Phone: 212-475-8592.
- The Lenox Lounge in Harlem has been renovated to its original art deco appearance of the 1930s and is one of the finest looking jazz clubs in town with its back room that contains a baby grand piano, honeycombed floor, velvet leopard print wallpaper, and leather booths. Weekends feature local jazz, Thursdays have Blues and R&B, and Mondays there are jazz jam sessions. This is also a tourist attraction because of the many great musicians, poets, and artists who have appeared there including Billie Holiday who had her own private booth. The Lenox Lounge, 288 Lenox Ave., New York, NY 10027. Phone: 212-427-0253.
- Knickerbocker Saloon has only a $5.00 minimum on drink or food. Gigantic steaks and good food are their specialties. Open since 1978 in the East Village, recent renovations in a room large enough to seat 125 include walls filled with antique posters and sketches of famous New Yorkers. Knickerbocker expects to be there for a long time and signed a current lease for ten years. Music nights are Friday and Saturday nights from 9:45 PM until 2:00 AM. Harry Connick, for instance, has played there on Sunday and Monday nights and shot his first video there. Knickerbocker Saloon, 33 University Place, New York, NY 10003. Phone: 212-228-8490.
- Jazz Gallery in downtown Manhattan is an international cultural not-for-profit showcase for emerging jazz artists with performances partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as others such as The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, and many more. Sets begin at 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM on three to five nights a week 50 weeks a year for a low $10 cover charge. There are also concerts in this second-floor location, more than 150 events per year, as well as performances on Sundays aboard the historic ferry "Yankee" at Pier 25. Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013. Phone: 212-242-1063.