- Friday, October 14, 2011
- by Jonathan Martin
There ain't no Jazz Clubs on Wall Street.
If you're sick of that mess, or just want a break from it for a while; wander up to the Village and catch some Jazz.
The Clubs on 52nd Street are mostly all gone, but the West Village still has some great venues to hear live Jazz. In fact, there are venues all over Manhattan to hear great live Jazz.
Most of the places we found are family friendly establishments. So, students and kids are welcome to enjoy the experience of listening to the live Jazz performances.
Here is a list of some of the places we found to get away and relax for awhile this weekend.
178 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014
Legendary. All the greats played and recorded at the Village Vanguard, and they still do. Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Jason Moran, Joe Lovano. The Vanguard is coming up on 70 years of Jazz history and tradition. It is absolutely a must see venue. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
131 W. 3rd St New York, NY 10012
Another venue full of Jazz History, the Blue Note has hosted many of the greatest Jazz Artists of our time. And, continues to nurture young talent as well as established international Jazz Artists. Blue Note offers music every night at 8pm and 10:30pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, Blue Note has a Late Night Groove Series at 12:30am and offers a Sunday Brunch for $24.50 a person at 12:30pm and 2:30pm weekly. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
315 W 44th St, New York, NY
It seems there cannot be Jazz in New York without a Club named Birdland. It was inspired by Charlie Parker who headlined at the original club when it first opened in 1949. It re-opened at a new location in 1986, and has since become a springboard for many young talents, and also hosts established masters of Jazz in their nightly schedule. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
57 Grove Street New York, NY 10014
Entertaining New York City since 1937 with the best of live jazz and blues music. Arthur's Tavern is an internationally recognized nightclub located for more than 60 years in a designated historic building in the heart of New York City's exciting West Village. Arthur's hosts outstanding live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music every night of the week. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
183 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014
A basement space Jazz venue with a bohemian vibe that welcomes students, musicians, and families. The Jazz goes all night, but they don't accept reservations. So, you've got to show up early to get a good seat. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
1650 Broadway, New York, NY
With no minimum age or dress code, it's all about the music at Iridium. They host a variety of acts like Mahavishnu, Esperanza Spalding, and the Les Paul Trio. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
The Jazz Gallery, located in downtown Manhattan, is an international cultural center and not-for-profit organization that nurtures the youngest generation of professional jazz musicians by giving them an audience for their performances and a stage upon which to assemble their bands. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
55 Christopher St., New York
A prohibition era joint with incredible live jazz and blues and almost no attitude seven nights a week. With shows early and late, young up-and-coming artists take the stage early with established performers taking over late. There's always a spark of enthusiasm and inspiration in the air at 55. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (b/2nd & 3rd Ave.) New York, NY 10022
Family friendly, but quiet is enforced on the main room. They have a full daily schedule that includes afternoon Jam Sessions and Masterclasses in addition to great nightly performances. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
82 West 3rd Street, Greenwich Village, New York NY 10012
Zinc features an impressive list of events by genre of Jazz including Afro-Cuban, Bebop, Free Jazz, Funk, Fusion, New Orleans Jazz, and a lot more. Check their site for acts, dates, and times.
This is only a small sample of the Jazz venues open every night of the week in Manhattan. We know there are many more you could enjoy. But we hope this list gets you started out right for an awesome Jazz weekend.
Do you know about any other places to hear live Jazz in New York? Tell us in the Comments ...
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